Espanyol close in on Tottenham defender Federico Fazio

It seemed as if Espanyol had eased off in their search for new defender, but that couldn't be further from the truth. 

The Barcelona-based club have made big strides this week in a move for Tottenham centre-back Federico Fazio. 

Talks with the player are at an advanced stage and it seems the transfer could be completed soon, with the English club keen to move the Argentine on. 

The player has given his OK to the Pericos regarding a four-year deal and they must now reach an agreement with Spurs. 

Espanyol president Chen Yansheng was in London this week, accompanied by CEO Ramon Robert, to talk about the deal. 

Fazio is the club's primary target in defence and the club are keen to tie the deal up as soon as possible. 

Tottenham paid 10 million euros for him two summers ago, but he's failed to adapt to English football and spent last season back on loan at Sevilla. 

Espanyol's second option was Diego Llorente, who was offered to them by Real Madrid, but the young defender has now moved on loan to Malaga. 

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