Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly close to securing the signing of versatile defender Matt Doherty from Wolves, according to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano.

The Republic of Ireland international has been linked with a £16 million move to the north London outfit, who have already seen Kyle Walker-Peters and Jan Vertonghen depart the side at the end of last season.

Romano believes that the two clubs are in the final stages of the deal, with Doherty all but certain to complete the move, but both parties are yet to reach total agreement.

Wolves are believed to be looking at a replacement for the Irishman, who has been an integral member of The Wanderers, since cementing his place in the 2012-13 Championship season.

In that time, he has seen his side relegated to League One, gain promotion back to the second tier of English football and has helped Nuno Espírito Santo‘s side go from strength to strength since achieving promotion to the Premier League two seasons ago.

His attacking prowess in a back-five as a wing-back, has seen him thrive with numerous goal contributions over the past two campaigns in the English top-flight.

In the penultimate season, Doherty scored eight times and provided ten assists from 45 appearances in all competitions. Last term, he scored seven goals and assisted five times in 50 appearances, as Wolves recorded a new club-record points tally of 59 in the Premier League and reached a first European quarter-final in 48 years.

Decisive transfer activity

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With Doherty coming in, Spurs are hoping offload the inconsistent Serge Aurier, who has two years left on his current contract.

The defender, while usually excellent in attack, has been unreliable defensively and his knack for indiscipline, has seen him sent off twice in the space of three league campaigns.

He has provided 14 assists and six goals in 83 matches across all competitions, but Romano suggests that Milan are in talks to sign the Ivorian and have had a had an alleged £13 million bid turned down.

Meanwhile, Wolves have lined up Arsenal‘s Ainsley Maitland-Niles as Doherty’s immediate replacement. The defender reportedly wanted to leave The Gunners, over concerns of a lack of game-time.

However, the Wanderers’ bid for the 22 year-old fell below the £20 million asking-price and was rejected by Arsenal.

Only time will tell where Matt Doherty, Aurier and Maitland-Niles will be playing next season, but with just 16 days to go until the Premier League returns, all three sides will be looking for potential replacements.

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