Nuno Espirito Santo targeting Willy Boly after Jules Kounde rejects Tottenham transfer

Tottenham transfer target Willy Boly looks on in Wolves training

Willy Boly has emerged as a target for Tottenham (Picture: Getty)

Tottenham are reportedly plotting a move to sign Wolves defender Willy Boly after missing out on a deal for top target Jules Kounde.

Newly-appointed Spurs head coach Nuno Espirito Santo is intent on adding quality to his options at centre-back for the forthcoming campaign and the club have been scouring the market for possible reinforcements in this area.

Discussions had taken place with sought-after Sevilla and France star Kounde but the 22-year-old’s camp informed Tottenham he had no interest in joining them as he wishes to be playing Champions League football next season.

And though Spurs had hoped Kounde would be open to a fresh challenge in north London where he would have been a guaranteed starter, Nuno and chairman Daniel Levy have been forced to go back to the drawing board and assess other potential options.

Jules Kounde speaks to the media

Sevilla centre-back Kounde has rejected a move to Spurs (Picture: Getty)

Bologna’s Takehiro Tomiyasu and Lyon’s Joachim Andersen have both been tentatively linked in recent days and a new player has emerged on Nuno’s radar in the shape of Wolves centre-half Boly, who the Portuguese previously managed at Wolves.

According to talkSPORT, Boly initially joined Nuno at Wolves on loan from Porto back in 2017 and quickly established himself as a key player, completing a permanent switch to Molineaux the following summer.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast has gone on to make 138 appearances for the club but struggled with injuries last term.

The report claims Nuno is also interested in a possible reunion with Wolves attacking midfielder Daniel Podence after the Portugal international’s eye-catching opening 18 months in England.

New Spurs boss Nuno is on the hunt for defensive reinforcements (Picture: Getty)

There remains major uncertainty surrounding the future of Tottenham talisman Harry Kane, who signalled his intention to move on prior to England’s Euro 2020 campaign.

But Spurs chairman Levy is refusing to give up hope of keeping hold of the striker and last month vowed to ‘do whatever is right for the club’.

‘I am never going to talk specifically about an individual player in public,’ he told Tottenham fans.

‘All I would say is his frustrations of us not winning is shared by me and I am sure all the fans and the players. Clearly we all want to win.

‘I think one of the items that Fabio [Paratici] will have to deal with when he comes in is which players are being retained, which players will be asked to look for other clubs.

‘But obviously there is a market out there and what we want, and what somebody else wants, is not always possible to achieve.

‘We will do whatever is right for the club.’

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