Tottenham Hotspur have faced a stumbling block in their pursuit of Eintracht Frankfurt pair Evan Ndicka and Daichi Kamada.
Ndicka was high up on Spurs’ transfer list in the summer and they were thought to be front-runners to snap up the defender, while they were also keen on bringing in Kamada once his Frankfurt contract expired next summer.
However, Sky Germany journalist Florian Plettenberg has revealed that the Bundesliga club have offered new contracts to the pair amid increasing interest.
The duo both played the full 90 minutes during their 0-0 draw against Tottenham on Tuesday, with the Frenchman in particular impressing with his fifth clean sheet of the season.
Kamada has also had a positive start to the campaign, claiming six goal contributions in the Bundesliga - only one assist from last season’s total tally.
The report claims that if the pair are to sign new contracts with Frankfurt then they could remain with the club until 2025 and become their top-earners.
However, they are not willing to overspend to keep them in Germany and would take the risk of losing them as a free agent next summer if they don’t put pen to paper now.
Even if Ndicka and Kamada opt to leave Frankfurt, Tottenham won’t have an easy run at signing them.
The centre-back has already been heavily linked with a number of other clubs including the likes of Arsenal and Roma, while Everton and Leeds United have also been chasing Kamada.
German outlet Bild claimed that the Toffees’ interest in the Japan international was ‘immediately rejected’, though Tottenham’s participation in the Champions League could give them the advantage.