North London club want Romania central defender to replace the recently departed Caulker.

Tottenham Hotspur have moved a step closer to signing £7 million-rated Steaua Bucharest defender Vlad Chiriches with the player’s agent confirming that a deal to take the Romanian to White Hart Lane this summer was now “99 per cent” done reports the Daily Mirror.

The north London club have been closely monitoring the highly rated Romania international in recent weeks as a possible replacement for fellow centre-back Steven Caulker and now that the England international has joined Cardiff City for £8m Tottenham are set to land Chiriches in his place.

The 23-year-old who has a contract in the Romanian capital that runs until June 30 2015 has been with Steaua for the past two seasons now having originally arrived at the club from Pandurii Targu Jiu in the summer of 2011.