TOTTENHAM are keen on Sunderland left-back Dennis Cirkin, who they only let go of last year.
Cirkin, 20, has attracted attention in the Black Cats Championship since the move and Spurs are eyeing a possible return trip to the capital for their former academy prospect.
The North London club surprisingly let him go and could cause another shock by offering to bring him back.
However, it may be part of an elaborate move to sign Dublin-born Cirkin and then sell him soon after to a rival.
Cirkin has recently returned to full fitness after injury and Spurs are set to see him again in the build-up to the January transfer window.
The 6ft defender came through the Tottenham academy system after moving to London from Ireland aged three.
He appeared on the Spurs first-team bench five times during the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.
In August 2021, the Lilywhites allowed the promising ace to join Sunderland for an undisclosed fee.
He made 41 appearances in his first season at the Stadium of Light, mostly as a left-back.
Those outings included the full 90 minutes of his side’s final Ligue 1 play-off triumph over Wycombe.
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Cirkin has started Sunderland’s first eight league games this season on the left of a back three.
He returned to the bench for this weekend’s clash with Swansea after regaining his fitness.
The England Under-20 international will be hoping to be in action as Sunderland host Wigan next time around.