Jose Mourinho pushing Spurs to sign defender he also wanted during Man Utd spell

Jose Mourinho is reportedly trying to urge Tottenham chiefs to make a move for Real Madrid defender Eder Militao.

Mourinho was previously interested in Militao while boss of Manchester United, and seems to remain keen to team-up with the 22-year-old.

Real Madrid are reportedly eager to offload Militao, either on loan or permanently, with a preference being to sell.

Though the La Liga giants are believed to want £45m for the centre-back, with Mourinho wanting reinforcements in his back-line.

Corriere dello Sport report Tottenham would prefer a loan deal with a view to making it permanent in the summer.

A centre-back was regularly on Mourinho’s wish-list while the former Chelsea boss was in charge at Old Trafford.

And Militao was among a list of targets as Mourinho prepared for the January 2019 transfer window.

He never made it that far though, sacked by Manchester United the December before that market opened.

South American football expert Tim Vickery told Sky Sports: "Well he [Militao] is just about to turn 23, he's a big Brazilian defender.

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"He started off as a full-back and has since been converted into a centre-back and can play both.

"The news here is that Jose Mourinho is certainly interested and the information where we are getting that is coming out of Portugal.

"The Portuguese press obviously have good contacts with Mourinho so watch this space. If Mourinho is interested, then maybe this will go through.

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"He's a strapping lad who developed with Sao Paulo as a full-back, moved to Porto and they moved him inside.

"They like that height and pace and thought that's centre-back material.

"Brazil absolutely love him and have been thinking of him as the long-term substitute for Thiago Silva at the heart of defence.

"But things have gone a little wrong at Real Madrid and he's not getting a regular game."

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