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Spurs close in on Sevilla centre-back Fazio

Kevin Palmer and ESPN staff
August 26, 2014
Federico Fazio won the Europa League with Sevilla © Getty Images

Tottenham are confident of confirming the signing of Sevilla defender Federico Fazio imminently and that transfer will trigger the departure of Michael Dawson to Hull, sources have told ESPN.

Hull manager Steve Bruce has confirmed that his club has a deal is in place to sign 30-year-old Dawson, but Spurs are unwilling to release their club captain until they have signed a replacement.

Fazio, 27, is the central defender Mauricio Pochettino has targeted in the final week of this summer's transfer window and, at a towering 6'5", would add to the options available to Spurs in the heart of their defence.

Reports suggest Spurs are willing to pay Sevilla's £8 million asking price for Fazio, who is expected to arrive in London imminently to conclude the move, with Sevilla sporting director Monchi also suggesting the switch is close.

"It seems that Tottenham are willing to pay the clause. We are waiting to see when the money arrives," said Monchi.

"We don't want to negotiate because our desire is to keep Fazio at Sevilla. But when an English team is interested in one of our players it is difficult."

The departure of Dawson will bring down the curtain on a spell lasting nine and a half years at the club, where he has made 236 Premier League appearances.

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