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Report: Villarreal close to agreeing loan for Juan Foyth

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It’s from AS, but from a reporter who is known as reliable.

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Juan Foyth has been one of the Tottenham Hotspur players who has been linked with an exit from the club this summer, and it looks like he may now be close to a move. According to Javier Mata in AS, Spurs and Villarreal are in advanced negotiations to send Foyth to La Liga for the rest of the season.

AS isn’t the most reputable outlets in the Spanish media, but Mata is known to be a solid reporter with good sources, especially with regards to the Yellow Submarine. Mata reports that other Spanish clubs such as Real Sociadad and Valencia are also interested, but that Foyth’s first choice is Villarreal.

The deal is reportedly a loan, but negotiations are continuing to see if there will be a purchase option or (probably Tottenham’s preference) a purchase obligation. There was no word on a loan fee. Villarreal would likely need to sell a player or two in order to make room for Foyth in their squad.

Foyth clearly isn’t in the plans of Jose Mourinho, considering he hasn’t played at all this season and Spurs are actively trying to bring in Milan Skriniar. It’s probably best for everyone if he’s moved on, and if nobody wants him permanently then a loan is the next best thing. Villarreal would probably be a good landing place for him as a young central defender, and getting some sort of fee for him might help Spurs get a few of their other incomings across the line.