Millwall reach agreement with Tottenham for a defender
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Millwall reach agreement with Tottenham for a defender



Tottenham defender Japhet Tanganga is expected to depart the club permanently this summer, and he has emerged as a major target for Millwall after impressing on loan at The Den.

Millwall have reached an agreement with Tottenham to sign defender Japhet Tanganga.

The Spurs player, 25, spent the second half of the 2023/24 season on loan with the Lions, where he played an important role in helping the club retain Championship status.

Millwall have moved rapidly to reach an agreement with the former England youth international as they look to recruit him on a permanent basis.

Tanganga’s current contract ends in the summer. And, while Tottenham has a one-year option, it appears like the homegrown defender will go.

Millwall will now aim to reach an agreement with Tanganga on personal terms, though they may still face stiff competition for his services. Tanganga was highlighted as a significant summer transfer target for the Lions following his impressive play on loan at The Den.

Tanganga made 18 appearances in all, scoring twice. He had a dismal start to the season on loan at FC Augsburg, as he did not make a single first-team appearance.

Neil Harris, Millwall’s head coach, made no secret of his wish to continue working with Tanganga ahead of last weekend’s Championship final against Swansea City.

Harris told The South London Press: “Japhet has started every game for me, so he’s obviously doing great.

“When discussing loan players who are under contract with other football clubs, you must exercise extreme caution and respect. Ultimately, Japh is contracted to Spurs, and they have a relationship and must make decisions about Japhet’s destiny among themselves.

“Now you have Japhet’s cognitive process; what does he wish to do? He is a young man who has been on loan and has spent time abroad in Germany. Where does he envision his future?

“Then, for us, it’s all about team balance. Japh has done exceptionally well. I am a firm believer that when players do well on loan, there is a chance you will work with them again in the future.

“I can name players I’ve worked with in the past, such as Jake (Cooper) and Sav (George Saville), who joined us around the same time as Jed Wallace.” We made all of these loans permanent.

“Like with some of the other guys, we have to maybe be patient with the time they take to make their decisions – clubs and individuals.

“I think we’ll be very close to those conversations with their clubs.”



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