Tottenham Hotspur

Fabio Paratici confident of securing new Son Heung-min contract

Jude Summerfield
Son is one of Tottenham's most important players
Son is one of Tottenham's most important players / Pool/Getty Images

New Tottenham director Fabio Paratici has made agreeing a new long-term contract with star forward Son Heung-min one of his priorities.

The South Korea captain enjoyed his best goalscoring season in the Premier League last term, racking up 17 strikes as Spurs finished seventh.

There had been concern in the Tottenham camp that Son may stall on signing a new deal, with Spurs regressing as a force in England's top flight in recent years. Teams like Manchester City, Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are known admirers.

However, recent reports have been encouraging, with the contract expected to be announced soon, and 90min understands Paratici is determined to get the deal done.

Since being officially appointed in June, Paratici has presided over Tottenham's managerial search which finally ended when Nuno Espirito Santo was named boss. Serie A regulars Antonio Conte, Paulo Fonseca and Gennaro Gattuso had previously been contacted.

Paratici is also targeting incoming transfers, with central defence an area set to be addressed. 90min understands Santo has asked Spurs to pursue a deal for Wolves and England centre back Conor Coady, while talks have also been held with Southampton's Jannik Vestergaard and Japan international Takehiro Tomiyasu.

During the contract negotiations, Son recommended compatriot Kim Min-jae, a player Tottenham have previously shown interest in.

The two parties could not agree terms last year but Beijing Guoan centre-back Kim has since attracted admirers from Porto and Juventus, the latter the team Paratici spent 11 years with.

Spurs are looking for at least one new central defender this summer, with Davinson Sanchez, Eric Dier and Toby Alderweireld all struggling throughout the 2020/21 season. Belgium international Alderweireld has already asked to leave north London, having spent six years with the Lilywhites.

Question marks remain over Harry Kane's future at the club. The striker is currently on international duty as England prepare for the Euro 2020 final against Italy and told Spurs of his desire to leave earlier in the summer.

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