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Tottenham Close In On Free Agent And Former Real Madrid Midfielder

French newspaper L’Equipe claim that Tottenham are in advanced talks to sign former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Lassana Diarra on a free transfer.

The holding midfielder is currently without a club after his contract expired at Lokomotiv Moscow. Spurs also face competition to sign Diarra from French club Marseille, who currently top the Ligue 1 table by four points.

The 29 year old had agreed to join Harry Redknapp’s Queens Park Rangers, who currently sit bottom of the Premier League table, in the summer transfer window, and successfully completed a medical ahead of the move, only for the deal to fall through in the final stages.

Other reports say that Diarra will receive a ulcerative weekly pay packet on top of a number of tempting bonuses if he moves back to North London.

However, you would be led to believe that Diarra may not want to join Tottenham due to their massive squad depth and especcially strong depth in the holding midfield positions. Already at the club, Mauricio Pochettino has the likes of Moussa Demebele, Benjamin Stambouli, Etienne Capoue and more recently, Ryan Mason at his disposal.

Tottenham are the closest to sealing a deal for the Frenchman, but do not rule out Diarra returning to his homeland to join Marseille.

10 Transfer Deadline Day Signings That Could Happen

It could be a busy transfer deadline day at Tottenham! Here are ten transfers that could potentially happen at Spurs on this annual day of madness!

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1) Benjamin Stambouli
Reports suggested on Friday night that the current Montpellier holding midfielder was set to join Tottenham in a £4.7m deal. The French club even posted it on their official Twitter account! Rumours gathered momentum once again yesterday as Stambouli was reportadly spotted at White Hart Lane during Tottenham’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Liverpool.

2) Danny Welbeck
The current Manchester United striker has been linked with a move away from the club, but Louis Van Gaal has neither denied or confirmed reports that Welbeck will leave the club this summer. Reports last night claimed that that Spurs had agreed a loan deal with United, the deal believed to be worth £2m.

3) Jay Rodriguez
The attack minded midfielder has been linked with a move to Spurs ever since the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino. Papers claimed last night that Spurs are to offer £14m plus Andros Townsend for the England international. The former Burnley man is still months away from playing after picking an injury in April against Manchester City, but he says the recovery is going well.

4) Matija Nastasic
The Sun report that enquires have been made by both North-London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal. The paper understand that the defender is set to make a choice of either clubs today. The centre-back appears to not be in the manager’s plans for this season.

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5) Sandro
The Daily Mail reported last night that QPR are very close to sealing a season long loan for the Brazilian. It was believed that Napoli and other Italian clubs were interested in the holding midfielder. It was reported that Sandro is not in Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, fuelling speculation that he will move away from White Hart Lane this summer.

6) Lewis Holtby
The German has been previously linked with a move back to his old club Schalke 04, but those rumours seemed to have fizzled out. New reports say that Everton are interested, but Hamburger SV seem to have beaten them to it, with Holtby set to have a medical with the German club today. The clubs Sporting Director has confirmed it, saying that he will have a medical.

7) Andros Townsend
As I mentioned earlier, Townsend has been linked with an involvement in a deal for Jay Rodriguez. In addition to this, the England international has been linked with many other clubs in the Premier League. Either way, he could be on his way out of White Hart Lane and could’ve made his last appearance yesterday.

8) Roberto Soldado
The Independent reported last night that Spurs are set to listen to offers for Roberto Soldado. In the past few weeks, the former Valencia striker has been linked mainly with moves to Italy and previously reports have claimed that Spurs tried to sign Mattia Destro, throwing Soldado in with any potential deal.

9) Aaron Lennon
A journalist at Sky Sports has claimed that QPR are close to sealing a loan swoop for the English winger. It could be a deadline day Spurs steal for QPR as they are also interested in signing Brazilian midfielder ‘The Beast’ Sandro. Lennon has not fitted into the Pochettino system particularly well so far.

10) Zeki Fryers
Sky Sports report that youngster Zeki Fryers is set to complete a move to Crystal Palace today after reports have suggested this move for a couple of weeks now. Crystal Palace’s defence needs strengthening after conceding three at the weekend away to Newcastle. It is unclear however, if Fryers is for now or for the future.

Sale At Tottenham! Pochettino Puts Eleven Players Up For Sale

The Telegraph claim that Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino has put eleven players up for sale for this window in an attempt to reduce the Tottenham squad to twenty-five players ahead of the new season. New man Pochettino said a few days ago that the squad is too big and he will reduce the number of players at Spurs by the end of the window.

The Telegraph also claim that they know who these players are and say that they will be sold if the price is right. Here is the list of those players up for sale.
Andros Townsend
Aaron Lennon
Roberto Soldado
Michael Dawson
Beniot Assou-Ekotto
Kyle Naughton
Vlad Chiriches
Sandro
Nacer Chadli
Moussa Dembele

There are many question we can ask now. For example, ‘does this spell the end for Roberto Soldado?’ This list may indicate that Soldado is not in Pochettino’s plans for this season, even if he isn’t sold.

It is very likely that all these players will get sold, it will most likely be five to seven of them, but this list does give us some indication as to who has nailed down their first-team spots at Tottenham.