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Bid Accepted, Spurs Set To Land Spaniard For An Absolute Bargain

Nobody saw this coming twenty-four hours ago…

According to David Ornstein of BBC Sport, Spurs have had a bid of around £15m accepted for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente, and look as if they will beat London rivals Chelsea to the Spaniard’s signature.

A deal has reportedly been close between Chelsea and Swansea for most of the summer, who have already bright in Alvaro Morata to replace the frozen out Diego Costa. Despite long-term negotiations, Spurs look like they might be about to complete one of the first shock moves of transfer deadline day.

Harry Kane has been misfiring so far this season as his August hoodoo continues for at least another year. A lacklustre performance against Burnley on Sunday has prompted transfer action among the Tottenham camp, who could complete a further four signings today at least.

Reports have suggested that Swansea will only sanction a Llorente move away if they were bring former Swan Wilfred Bony back to the Liberty Stadium, and a Spurs bid being accepted suggests that deal is also very close to going through.

Llorente managed to net an impressive fifteen goals in 33 Premier League appearances last season in a Swansea shirt and being a proven player in the Premier League, he could prove to be a perfect backup for Harry Kane. Spurs had been linked with a move for Josh King in a deal that could have been worth £30m, who scored £16 goals, so Llorente looks to be a bargain at £15m.

If this deal goes through, it could spell the end at Tottenham for Vincent Janssen. His debut season in the Premier League did not go to plan as he netted just twice in the league, one coming from the penalty spot. He could complete a move away on deadline day to either Stoke or West Brom, who are both reportedly interested. Ornstein of the BBC suggests a loan move is a possibility.

Spurs Plot Sensational Last Gasp Premier League Striker Swoop

Spurs are ready to hijack Chelsea’s deadline day move for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente as they prepare to spring to life in the summer transfer window. 

Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino have been disappointingly inactive this summer and look as if they are leaving it late to secure key deals in what is a very important season for the Lilywhites at the National stadium.

Spurs have brought three new players in through the door, defender Davinson Sanchez for a club record fee of £42m, Southampton goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga and another defender in youngster Juan Foyth. They look look adding a fourth signing early on in deadline day in PSG’s Serge Aurier after he was granted a work permit yesterday.

Despite making three signings, close to making a fourth, none of those have strengthened the attacking areas of the squad. The likes of Christian Eriksen and Heung-min Son have produced fairly uninspiring performances this season, and highlights the need for them to be pushed. The deadline day signing of Demarai Gray, Angel Di Maria or even Ross Barkley might just help to do this.

It has emerged in the last couple of days that Vincent Janssen’s time at Tottenham could well be coming to a premature end after the striker admitted that he was unhappy with his situation at Spurs. He has become frustrated with the lack of playing time that he has been getting and could look for a move elsewhere to get more playing time.

With Stoke and West Brom both interested, Spurs would need to get a replacement in before the transfer window shuts at 11pm tonight, and are considering a last gasp move for Swansea striker Fernando Llorente. Chelsea have been monitoring the striker all summer and have been in pole position to sign the front man for some time.

However, the Mirror report that Tottenham are preparing to ghost in and beat their London rivals to the signature of Llorente, with Vincent Janssen underperforming and not providing sufficient backup for Harry Kane. In the same report, it states that Swansea will not sell Llorente until they have secured the deal that will see Wilfred Bony return to the Liberty Stadium.

3 Players That Could Leave Tottenham On Transfer Deadline Day

While the main focus tomorrow on deadline day will be the players Tottenham will bring into the squad, here are three players that could follow Kevin Wimmer out the exit door on transfer deadline day. 

1) Vincent Janssen

The Dutchman didn’t enjoy the best of starts to life in the Premier League and with first team chances very few and far between for Janssen, he could seek a deadline day move away.

The striker has admitted he is unhappy with his situation at Spurs and wants more playing time under manager Mauricio Pochettino to try and prove his worth. However, if the prolific scoring of Harry Kane begins to kick in anytime soon, he chances might by hard to come by.

You get the feeling that what Janssen needs to succeed is a strong run of games, which can be hard to get when you are second choice to a striker like Harry Kane. With Janssen sitting frustrated on the bench and with many holding little confidence in him if Kane were to get injured, a move away might be best for both parties.

The Sun report that Stoke and West Brom have both shown an interest in Janssen. If a move goes through, could it trigger a last minute attempt to buy Divock Origi from Liverpool?

4 Players That Could Arrive At Tottenham Before The Transfer Window Slams Shut

Spurs have picked up one win, one draw and one defeat in their three opening Premier League games, and Mauricio Pochettino is looking for some last minute additions to his squad for the summer transfer window slams shut. Here is who could sign for Spurs in the next couple of days. 

1) Serge Aurier

Ever since Kyle Walker left for Pep Guardolia’s Manchester City, Spurs have been on the lookout for a replacement right-back.

With Kyle Walker-Peters too young to be given such responsibility (his performance against Newcastle may counter-argue this) and Kieran Trippier’s performance against Burnley nothing short of disastrous, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to get a new right-back through the door.

The deal for PSG’s Serge Aurier appears to be very close. According to Sky Sources, a £23m bid for Aurier has been accepted and everything seems to be in place for the deal to be completed except the player is yet to receive a UK work visa.

The London Evening Standard report that Aurier’s chances of getting a work permit have received a knock with the revlation that the player assaulted a police officer last year. Spurs were confident of hearing a decision today (Tuesday), but a decision might be delayed. Either way, the clock is ticking to get a new right-back in and Aurier looks to most likely player to join Spurs before the window closes on Thursday.

Player Ratings: Spurs 1-1 Burnley

The Wembley hoodoo continues. Spurs failed to win yet again at the National stadium as Burnley grabbed a last gasp equaliser to snatch a point through new signing Chris Wood. Dele Alli opened the scoring for Spurs early on in the second period, but the Lilywhites failed to see the game out, a lapse in concentration allowing Wood to get his Burnley career off the perfect start, sending the Burnley fans into pandemonium in the away end as they grabbed a priceless point. 

It was an underhwelming performance from Mauricio Pochettino’s side. The regularlity of misplaced passes was the most I have seen in a long while, whist wing-backs Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier did little to trouble the Burnley back line. The lack of game management in the final minutes was certainly a key reason why Burnley were allowed to score their equaliser late equaliser. Why not just take the ball into the corner? Here are the Spurs player ratings from the disappointing draw with Burnley.

Hugo Lloris- 6

Made a good save in the second half to deny Burnley. Not too much he could have done about the goal, but his kicking does certainly need to improve

Kieran Trippier- 4

Not too much of a threat going forward, didn’t get into the positions he needed to be in to put in that brilliant delivery we know he is capable of. Let Chris Wood ghost in at the back post to score the equaliser, a ball he should have been cutting out.

Toby Alderweireld- 6

Solid from Alderweireld, playing the sweeper role so well as he always does and was there to deal with some dangerous situations effectively.

Jan Vertonghen- 6

Much the same performance as Alderweireld. In fairness to the defensive duo, not much from Burnley came down the middle. Much of Spurs’ build-up play was slow yesterday, and while this is not the defence’s fault, quicker passes from the back might help to rectify this.

Ben Davies- 5

Looked to get forward and supply, but did this with very little success. Despite his outspoken comments a couple of weeks ago, the sooner Danny Rose is back, the better for me. Not a bad performance from Davies, but Spurs are missing the attacking threat of Rose.

Does The Signing Of Sanchez Tell Us Pochettino’s Plan For Tottenham This Season?

Finally, Tottenham Hotspur have reached an agreement for their first signing of the summer transfer window. Subject to a medical and work permit, Davinson Sanchez will be a Spurs player for a fee of around £42m, a club record. 

What does this signing tell us about Pochettino’s plan for Spurs this season? It tells us that Mauricio Pochettino wants to make Spurs a really hard team to beat. The Lilywhites had the best defensive record in the Premier League last season, but the Argentine boss is clearly keen to strengthen this area and improve on the 26 goals that Spurs conceded last term.

I know the transfer market has spiralled out of control this summer, but to spend £42m on a player, you would expect him to be a regular starter at a club. With this in mind, I would imagine Spurs will play a three at the back system this season with wing-backs. Given the record that Vertonghen and Alderweireld had at the back last season it would seem relatively harsh to drop either of them.

We have seen the three at the back system work for a couple of Premier League teams last season. Chelsea were the main team to benefit from a system that Antonio Conte switched to in September following a 3-0 defeat to Arsenal. Mauricio Pochettino has flirted with the system, switching between three and four at the back systems. The signing of Sanchez might just tell us which system the manager is leaning towards.

Furthermore, a three at the back system allows wing-backs to really push on while leaving sufficient cover at the back to defend on what is a very big Wembley pitch. I feel this is the system that Pochettino will look to play on a regular basis this season with Vertonghen, Alderweireld and Sanchez at the heart of the defence. Spurs could prove to be a very difficult team to break down.

Many feel that we have nabbed Ajax’s best player from them in this £42m deal and he is just the type of player that fits the Pochettino criteria. He is hard-working, young and has bags of potential. We could see Sanchez really grow and develop as a player over the next couple of seasons into one of the best centre-backs in world football.

It will be interesting to see how much game time Sanchez will get this season and what formation Pochettino will play to incorporate him.

Is Sanchez a good signing for Tottenham? 

‘Best Player On The Park’ Spurs Fans Heap Praise Onto Defender Following Newcastle Win

Spurs got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start with a 2-0 victory over Newcastle at St. James’ Park on Sunday afternoon. Goals from Dele Alli and Ben Davies were enough to see off the Magpies.

The first forty-five minutes were an uneventful affair with few chances for either side. Newcastle started the better but Spurs grew into the game, Christian Eriksen trying his luck from distance a couple of times but with little success.

The game changed early on in the second half when Andre Marriner sent off Newcastle captain Jonjo Shelvey for a stamp on Dele Alli. A stupid act right under the nose of the referee that saw him rightly sent for an early bath.

Spurs immediately looked to capitalise on their one man advantage and cashed in just after the hour mark. Christian Erisken floated a lovely ball over the top to Dele Alli, who made no mistake with a volleyed finish into the back of the net past Rob Elliot.

Just ten minutes later it was 2-0. A little bit of fortune involved perhaps, but Ben Davies reacted quickly to slide the ball past Elliot and to double Tottenham’s advantage, which they were able to hold onto right up until the final whistle.

Mauricio Pochettino faced a tough team selection at the start of the game. He appeared to be torn between playing a back three with Moussa Sissoko at wing-back or a back four with Kyle Walker-Peters at right-back. Both played in a 4-2-3-1 system and the youngster Walker-Peters impressed on his debut.

The full-back showed little signs of nerves, looked to pose a threat going forward and effectively dealt with the pace of Christian Atsu which even some of the best full-backs struggle to do when he is on the top of his game. His final ball could have been better and it is fair to say he doesn’t quite have the same pace as Kyle Walker or Kieran Trippier. His performance led to one Spurs fan claiming that there is now no need to sign a right-back this summer. Here is how Spurs fans reacted on Twitter.

Once fit, Kieran Trippier I am sure will stay the first choice right-back, but Kyle Walker-Peters may have just eliminated the need to buy a new right-back with the performance that earned him the Man of the Match award.

Sissoko Starts! Tottenham Team News And Predicted Line-Up To Face Newcastle

It’s finally here. Spurs make the trip up North to face Newcastle on Sunday afternoon in their season opener looking to make a strong start to season where Liverpool and Chelsea have already slipped up. 

Heung-min Son could be fit but might only make the bench whilst Erik Lamela, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier all miss out through injury. Here is your Spurs predicted line-up to face Newcastle.

GK: Hugo Lloris

Was the first choice keeper at the end of last season, and I expect that nothing has changed over the summer.

CB: Eric Dier

I’m going to say that Mauricio Pochettino will deploy a back three against Newcastle and I expect the versatility of Eric Dier to be used once again to play on the right of a back three.

CB: Toby Alderweireld

Still no progress on a new contract for Alderweireld, but there has been little speculation regarding a move away which can only be a positive. I expect him to make the starting line-up here.

CB: Jan Vertonghen

Vertonghen and Alderweireld formed a strong partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence last season and managed to maintain the best defensive record in the league. The Belgian duo will be key to any defensive success that Spurs have this coming season.

RWB: Moussa Sissoko

A few weeks ago, Sissoko might not have been in Pochettino’s plans to play at his old club. However, a solid performance against Juventus combined with the injury of Kieran Trippier might just hand Sissoko a much needed chance to impress early on this season and start to prove he was worth the £30m paid last summer.

LWB: Ben Davies

With Danny Rose injured and possibly on the naughty step, it is more or less guaranteed that Davies will be starting here unless Pochettino decides to play Heung-min Son at left wing-back which I suggest he doesn’t after the disaster in the FA Cup semi-final against Chelsea.


‘Sol Campbell Vol. 2’ Spurs Fans Lash Out At Danny Rose Following Brutally Honest Interview

Just three days before Spurs travel to Newcastle in their Premier League season opener, Danny Rose has had an exclusive interview with the Sun, and it has to be said, he has not held back.

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Rose spoke to The Sun and commented on next season and where he will play his football in the future. Whilst insisting that Spurs cannot start to blame the pitch or atmosphere at Wembley next season if things don’t go to plan, Spurs fans would have been a little taken aback to read that Rose wants to play his football up north sometime in the future. It must be stressed he said he would like to do this at some point in his career, not immediately.

If you believe various media reports, he could be linking up with Jose Mourinho at any moment this summer. Although this was not explicitly said by Rose, the left-back could well be fishing for a move to Mourinho’s Red Devils after he also talked about the wage structure at Tottenham.

Rose hasn’t played for Spurs since the 0-0 draw with Sunderland back in January and says he had a lot of time to think things over and now insists he is underpaid. This may be true compared to the likes of Lingard at Manchester United who is paid £100,000-per-week when you learn that Rose is on £30,000-per-week. However, to go public on such an issue will not go down well with chairman Daniel Levy or manager Mauricio Pochettino. If one thing is for certain, it hasn’t gone down well with Spurs fans. Here is how they reacted on Twitter.

Later on in the interview, Rose urged Tottenham to sign some stars who he did not have to Google to find out who they were. We are pretty sure he had to Google Dele Alli before he came to Spurs and it has been pointed out that many fans had to Google Rose when he signed for Spurs.

Chelsea and Manchester United are reportedly interested in signing Rose and it will be very interesting to see if Rose stays beyond this summer at Spurs. He might be out of action until September with injury so we are sure that Ben Davies will start the season opener at Newcastle on Sunday.

Will Rose stay at Spurs after the summer transfer window slams shut?

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Journalist Suggests Spurs Should Target Former Premier League Player, Will He Sign?

Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski has suggested that Tottenham should try and make PSG winger Angel Di Maria their first signing of the summer, with the new season kicking off with a trip to Newcastle in just six days’ time.

Spurs are the only English side to date not to make a single signing this summer. We knew that Levy and and Spurs were likely to be fairly inactive over this summer but the fact that Spurs have failed to wrap up a single deal thus far has left fans worried and frustrated ahead of the new domestic season.

A pre-season of mixed results has led to Pochettino admitting that additions need to be made to the squad before the summer transfer window slams shut at the end of August. However, it has been accepted that Spurs will not be joining the big spenders such as Manchester City and Chelsea this summer and splashing the cash.

Spurs have been linked with Ross Barkley for a large part of this summer in a rumour that will just not leave the back page. Everton are reportedly asking for £50m for the player who refused to sign a new deal and will be leaving Merseyside. However, it is believed that Everton have accepted they will not be getting the full asking price of £50m.

Turning our attention away from the Englishman, Guardian journalist Gregg Bakowski yesterday suggested that PSG winger Di Maria could prove to be a good piece of business for Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino when speaking on the Guardian’s weekly football podcast.

If PSG need to sell, would Di Maria be available for £30-35m? Would he fancy coming back to England? Two Argentinians, him and Pochettino. I think he’s the sort of player who would fit that system. Not particularly flashy, works hard when he can be bothered. It would seem a logical move. Maybe Pochettino would think he could motivate him. Di Maria was pretty motivated until whatever happened after that burglary at Manchester United and then last season and a bit he’s been poor. I think they’re obviously still interested in Ross Barkley and you look at that Tottenham team and you look at Ross Barkley and you think if they spent £50m on him would he even get into that team?

Would Di Maria be a good signing? I think yes. I certainly think he is a player that has more to offer than what we saw in his previous stint at Manchester United. He is clearly a talented player and would give Mauricio Pochettino yet another attacking option. I do think he would be a better signing than Ross Barkley.

However, I feel that the player himself wouldn’t be too keen on the move. It was well publicised when an attempted burglary took place in February 2015, leading to Di Maria putting his mansion on the market little over a month after the incident before moving to PSG that summer, which is mentioned by Bakowski. An event like that has a huge effect on somebody’s life and you get the feeling that he might not be keen on moving back to England. Furthermore, there is little or no evidence to suggest that PSG are willing to sell Di Maria for £30m or even if they are willing to sell at all.

Will Di Maria be a Tottenham player by the end of this transfer window?