Spurs tracking Hannover's Hoffmann
Tottenham Hotspur are monitoring the progress of Germany under-21 international Andre Hoffmann, his agent has confirmed to the German media.
Hoffmann, 20, is a versatile defensive player, who currently plays at centre-back for Bundesliga side Hannover, having moved from then-second division side MSV Duisburg for 800,000 euros last January.
Hannover coach Mirko Slomka played Hoffmann in 16 of a possible 17 games in the first half of his debut season in the Bundesliga.
Initially used as a defensive midfielder, injury problems in Hannover’s central defence forced Slomka to play Hoffmann, who has represented Germany at every youth level, at centre-back,
Due to a run of bad results, Slomka was sacked by Hannover, but new coach Tayfun Korkut has continued to play Hoffmann. .
With Lewis Holtby moving to Fulham on loan in January and Etienne Capoue linked with a switch to Napoli, it appears Spurs are making room for a new midfielder, with Hoffmann thought to fit the bill.
According to German tabloid Bild, Tottenham scouts have monitored Hoffmann’s progress in Hannover’s three most recent games against Wolfsburg, Borussia Moenchengladbach and Schalke, with his agent Wassily Krastanas confirming the visit of Spurs scouts.
“Andre is a player who would fit into Premier League. But he feels great at Hannover and is looking ahead to the second half of the season under coach Tayfun Korkut,” Krastanas told Bild.