Liverpool linked with a surprise move for 22-year-old Bundesliga full-back

CHELSEA and Liverpool have reportedly joined Tottenham in the race to sign Hoffenheim defender Jeremy Toljan.

Toljan, 22, made 20 Bundesliga appearances and scored one goal for Hoffenheim last season as they finished fourth.

He impressed for Germany’s Under-21s as they won the European Championships in Poland.

And his talents have not gone unnoticed with Tottenham showing an interest in him.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is keen to find a replacement for Kyle Walker after he left the club to join rivals Manchester City in a £50million deal.

It is said that the north London club was one of a number of players they scouted to fill the void left by the England international.

Ricardo Pereira of Porto was another but the Portuguese club are playing hardball over his transfer as they want interested clubs to cough up his entire £22m release clause.

However, Sky Sports claim Spurs will now face competition from Premier League rivals Chelsea and Liverpool to sign Toljan.

It is said the duo have now entered the race to sign him following his exploits for Germany.

Blues boss Antonio Conte is keen to bolster his options at right-back as he wants to provide healthy competition for Victor Moses.

He has already missed out on the chance to sign Danilo with the Brazil international opting to join rivals Manchester City.

While Reds boss Jurgen Klopp could also be interested in Toljan despite already having Nathaniel Clyne and Trent Alexander-Arnold at his disposal.

Toljan has just one year remaining on his current contract at Hoffenheim and Sky Sports say he could be available for as little as £3m.

And the German club has admitted he could depart if an offer is made as they cannot compete with the likes of Spurs in terms of wages.

The club’s director of football Alex Rosen said: “If Tottenham come in and offer to treble Toljan’s salary, you cannot say: ‘London is an unattractive city or Tottenham are a bad club’. This is all very positive, and then young people think about it.”