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3 Players Tottenham Could Sign In The Next Few Weeks

We are still waiting for Tottenham to spring into life in this summer transfer window. They remain the only Premier League side yet to make a signing thus far. With time ticking until the transfer window slams shut at the end of August, here are three players that Spurs could sign in the next few weeks.

1) Jeremy Toljan

Having sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £45m, Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to strengthen in the full-back area this summer, and could make Jeremy Toljan his first signing of this summer transfer window according to The Daily Star.

Following the sale of Walker, that just leaves Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the only right-backs left at the club. My feeling is that Walker-Peters is not quite ready for first team football and with squad depth being very important to Pochettino, a move for Toljan would make sense.

Toljan appears to be a highly versatile player, playing in many different positions for Hoffeinheim including right midfielder on nine occasions in 21 appearances last season as well as playing in the full-back position. This wide midfield and full-back experience could prove invaluable if Pochettino wishes to play a three at the back formation with wing-backs next season.

The player’s agent has spoken of how flattering it is for him to read that clubs such as Tottenham are interested in his client, but insists that no contact has been made as yet. Could this be set to change in the near future?

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Conte Slams Tottenham’s Ambition, Will He Have Egg On His Face Come Next Summer?

Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has blasted Spurs over their lack of activity in this summer transfer window, claiming that they have much lower expectations and ambitions that other Premier League rivals. Spurs are of course the only side in the top flight yet to make a signing this summer. 

Mauricio Pochettino has said recently that Spurs have a different transfer philosophy to other clubs, explaining that he would much rather place trust in some of the younger academy products than go and spend £30-£40m on a player that might not prove to be a success. This is a fair comment when we saw Harry Winks perform to a much higher level last season in limited appearances than club record signing Moussa Sissoko, who has proved to be nothing short of a walking disaster since his move last summer for £30m.

It is fair to say that this summer transfer window has completely spiralled out of control, and Spurs have in some ways been wise to stay in the background while other clubs are making big money signings and transfer records are being broken left, right and centre.

Kyle Walker has been sold to Manchester City for £45m, and it surely can’t be too much to ask for that amount to be reinvested back into the team. However, I would much rather see the money not spent than see a panic buy walk through the door at the last minute like Sissoko. Let’s face it. Pennies much be looked after when you are overseeing a £750m transition into a new stadium in the next couple of years.

I am sure you have read the quotes from elsewhere from Conte, claiming that Spurs have much lower expectations than other clubs such as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool. I can see why Conte has said this, selling Walker to City, making rivals stronger and ourselves weaker. That doesn’t mean he is right necessarily.

As we have seen, money doesn’t always buy success. Leicester City won the title just last year spending next to no money. I am not saying that this phenomena will happen again sometime soon, but it proves that a Premier League title can indeed be won without spending ridiculous amounts of money.

Continuity. A word being used by the many in recent weeks to describe what Tottenham are trying to achieve. Pochettino believes a family atmosphere at Spurs is the key to success. I have to say it makes perfect sense and he is not wrong. Can continuity being favoured over big money transfer win a top flight title? Only time will tell. Spurs were demolishing teams and claiming big wins over strong teams in the pursuit of Chelsea last season and Mauricio Pochettino will hope that his team can carry this form over to next season, if they can do this, the Argentine will be quietly confident, but they will need to sort out form at Wembley. This was shocking last season in the Champions League and Europa League and needs to improve drastically. Spurs were unbeaten last season at White Hart Lane and they will need to reproduce a similar home record if they are to mount a serious challenge for the Premier League title.

Will Conte have egg on his face come next summer? I certainly hope he does, but I don’t think he will. I think we are in for a long season at Wembley and we shouldn’t be automatically expecting a title challenge or even a top four finish. However, I do think that Conte is wrong to think that Spurs do not have any ambition. Success doesn’t have to be brought, and besides, why would Spurs be building a new £750m, 61,000 capacity stadium if the club had no ambition?

Pochettino Insists This Spurs Outcast Will Not Be Leaving The Club This Summer

It is far from unfair to say that Moussa Sissoko’s debut season at White Hart Lane did not quite to plan. The Frenchman spent most of the season getting splinters in his backside, but it appears that he will be playing his football (if that’s what you want to call it) at Tottenham next season. 

We all remember the dramatic circumstances in which Sissoko completed his deadline day move to Spurs, turning off his phone to stop Everton officials calling him about a proposed medical in Merseyside. The move was completed was minutes to spare, and Daniel Levy must regret forking out £30m to bring Sissoko to North London.

It looked like nothing more than a huge panic buy to me at the time, a record-breaking panic buy to be precise. Sissoko remains Tottenham’s record signing to date, surpassing the £26m paid for Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado.

Sissoko did not have a record-breaking impact that is for sure. Here we are, nearly a year on from his move from Newcastle reading reports that Sissoko’s Tottenham nightmare might be coming to an end. Everton are reportedly interested in a loan deal, what they still see in him I do not know. Clubs in France are interested, and West Brom is another name that has been thrown into the mix recently.

The 27-year-old will be keen to get regular first team football next season with a World Cup just around the corner, remaining keen to represent France in Russia next year. I would like to think that this first team football would not come at Tottenham having witnessed the shambolic nature of Sissoko’s performances last season. However, it looks like the former Newcastle man’s future lies at Spurs under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.

Sissoko has not travelled with the rest of the Spurs squad to the pre-season tour of America as he missed out with a ‘virus’, fuelling speculation that he might have played his last game in a Spurs shirt. However, speculation looks like it might draw to a close as Mauricio Pochettino has now explained that Sissoko is in the Argentine’s plans for next season, which begins in just a few weeks time. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Pochettino said.

Sissoko is training with Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son back home and they are all at different levels so we will see in the next few weeks the evolution for every one. He’s a member of our squad and he’s in my plans for the season and for us he is still a member of the squad.

So, it appears to be the case that Sissoko will still be a Tottenham player by the end of the transfer window. What Pochettino and his staff see in him must be special, but at the moment I am barely seeing a footballer capable of succeeding at the top level.

Tottenham’s Transfer Window Goes From Bad To Worse As Star Man Wants Out

Tottenham remain the only club not to make any signings so far in this summer transfer window and fans will at least be hoping that they retain all key players before the start of the new Premier League season. 

That might be easier said than done. Kyle Walker has already left Spurs for Manchester City this summer in a move worth up to £50m, and one would remain hopeful that he would be the only high-profile name leaving Hotspur Way in the near future. That would seem a realistic target, but might not become a reality.

We read numerous reports that Tottenham have no interest in selling Eric Dier to anybody this summer. Mauricio Pochettino has seen Dier’s leadership skills grow over the last season or so, and this is a quality the Argentine boss does not want to lose this summer.

Dier’s versatility has proved important for Spurs, and it will continue to be if he stays at the club. Pochettino likes to tinker with formations, sometimes in-game. Dier being able to play as a part of a back three as well as in defensive midfield, it makes switching formations very easy.

Tottenham’s tough transfer stance so far in the Dier transfer saga has reportedly not changed the player’s feelings regarding where he wants to play his football next season and remains ‘desperate’ to join Manchester United, claim Manchester Evening News on Friday afternoon.

Dier was a United fan as a young boy, and his desire to work with Jose Mourinho only adds to the attraction of a move to Old Trafford. Not to mention the fact that the England international could potentially double the current £70,000-per-week he is on at Spurs.

Jose Mourinho has identified the defensive midfield as an area that needs strengthening over the summer, and Eric Dier seems to be a perfect target for United. They could submit a bid upwards of £50m if they are to press on with plans to sign Dier.

It is very important that Spurs hold onto Eric Dier and ensure that he is a Tottenham player when the transfer window slams shut at the end of August. By refusing any bid that comes in from the Red Devils, Spurs should be able to do this without to much difficulty. However, if Dier starts to push for a transfer, then we have a problem.

Will Eric Dier be a Manchester United player at the end of the transfer window?

Rivals Spurs And Arsenal To Battle It Out For Not One, But Two Summer Signings

North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal are set to battle it out over this summer transfer window in pursuit of two targets. Attacking midfielders Riyad Mahrez and Ross Barkley have both been the subject of interest from both clubs. 

Ross Barkley has been a long-term target of Tottenham, and reports at the weekend suggested that Pochettino and Levy wanted a deal completed by the time the squad set off for their pre-season tour of America. Well, Spurs have now touched down in Orlando and there is no sign of Barkley, who is still very much an Everton player.

Other reports suggested that Barkley demanded wages of £150,000-per-week if he were to join Spurs, making him the highest paid player at the club. However, we later learned that these claims were ‘untrue’. Today, the London Evening Standard report that Arsenal are also interested in making a move for the Englishman.

It has been almost inevitable that Barkley will be sold this summer after not signing a new deal with the Merseyside club. But what is becoming increasingly unlikely is that he will be sold for Everton’s asking price of £50m. It is worth noting that both Spurs are Arsenal are confident that they can get deals over the line for £25-30m.

Barkley is not the only player that Spurs and Arsenal could do battle for over the summer. Riyad Mahrez has been the subject of much interest from Arsenal in particular since last summer, when they came desperately close to signing the Algerian winger. They have registered their interest yet again this summer after Mahrez said that he will be leaving Leicester this summer.

According to the London Evening Standard in a separate report, Spurs have now asked Leicester to keep them informed of the Riyad Mahrez situation if other clubs submit a bid as they are interested in securing his services at some point during this summer transfer window.

Like Barkley, Leicester are asking for around £50m for Mahrez, which at the moment is putting clubs off making a move and the Foxes might have to lower their asking price if they are to cash-in on the want-away winger.

Although I am more than unsure about Barkley and how he would fit in at Spurs and whether he is worth the investment, Mahrez’s talent is there for all to see. He would be a brilliant addition to the squad in terms of attacking options and if Daniel Levy can get a deal over the line for Mahrez it would truly be an excellent signing.

‘Deserved But…’ Spurs Fans Pleased But Frustrated By Latest Announcement

Less than a week after Kyle Walker left Spurs to link up with Pep Guardiola at Manchester City for £45m, Kieran Trippier has signed a new contract with Tottenham, a deal that is set to expire in 2022, keeping him at the club for another five years. 

There are two sides to the Walker and Trippier argument. Who is better? I feel Kyle Walker offers a lot more in terms of physical presence and has often bullied wingers into a corner where they just do not know where to turn next. On the other hand, Trippier’s delivery into the box is certainly the biggest strength of his game, and you will do very well indeed to find a better crosser of the ball in the Premier League right now.

However, that debate is for another day. The fact is that Daniel Levy has played an absolute blinder and managed to get £45m for a player that became second choice towards the end of the season and has sorted out a new contract for the remaining right-back Trippier. A decent week for Mr. Levy who is probably feeling fairly satisfied at this moment in time.

That is until he realises that his work is far from done in this summer transfer window. In case it has escaped your attention either in my previous posts or in the media in general, Spurs are the only Premier League club not to have made a signing so far in this summer transfer window. If Mauricio Pochettino’s side are to challenge up the top of the Premier League next season, they are going to need to make sure that some new faces come through the door before the end of August.

I would make signing a right-back before the transfer window slams shut a priority. The departure of Kyle Walker leaves just Trippier and Walker-Peters, do I think the latter is ready to step up and play regular first team football if Trippier picks up an injury? No, I don’t, and remember, Eric Dier cannot play everywhere!

Fans seemed content with Spurs playing the waiting game for the first week or so of the transfer window, but now we are over two weeks in, fans are beginning to become impatient and no doubt a little anxious that the Lilywhites haven’t managed to get a deal over the line just yet. Here is how Spurs fans reacted to the news that Trippier has signed a new contract and you can sense the frustration creeping in.

3 Players Who Could Become Tottenham’s First Signing Of The Summer

Spurs are the only Premier League club not to make a signing in this summer transfer window. Having just sold Kyle Walker to Manchester City for £50m, Federico Fazio and Clinton N’Jie, Tottenham can now turn their attention to adding to the squad. Here are three players that could join Spurs in the coming weeks.

1) Suso

Corriere dello Sport report that Tottenham could make a move this summer for AC Milan midfielder Suso as Mauricio Pochettino looks to strengthen his squad with the season just weeks away from starting.

After Liverpool deciding he was no longer needed at Anfield, Suso has rediscovered some of his best form in Serie A, leading to reported interest from Spurs, who still believe that he can become a success in the Premier League.

However, they face competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Wolfsburg, who are also interested in securing the services of Suso. It is also believed that AC Milan are by no means willing to let Suso leave on the cheap, and they will only listen to bids in excess of £20m.

Suso was far from a successful signing at Anfield, he made just 14 appearances for Liverpool, failing to score of set up a goal in his time there. But the Spaniard has managed to turn his form around in Italy, making 34 appearances for AC Milan last term, scoring on seven occasions and providing nine assists.

Signing This Midfielder Would Turn Tottenham’s Miserable Transfer Window Into A Disaster

Tottenham are the only Premier League team still not to make a signing in this summer transfer window, having seen rivals such as Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea strengthen already in key areas. However, this is no reason to panic. 

We wake up on Sunday morning to reports that Daniel Levy and Spurs have now set a deadline on when they want to sign Everton midfielder Ross Barkley by. In an ideal world, Levy would like to see the deal done by Wednesday as Spurs jet off to America for their pre-season tour ahead of the new Premier League season.

The sooner Spurs end their interest in Ross Barkley, the better. There are just a couple of huge problems with this transfer that would damage Tottenham’s season and success in this transfer window. The first one is his enormous price tag. The Toffees currently value Barkley at around £50m. Wow. Although it may not seem like it in this crazy transfer window, £50m is still a lot to spend on any player, and this figure becomes almost ludicrous when you realise you are paying £50m for Ross Barkley.

A collective sigh of relief among Spurs fans surely came when the Mirror reported last night that Daniel Levy was not willing to spend more than £25-30m on Barkley, who Mauricio Pochettino has identified as his number one target for this summer.

£30m would equal the sum of money paid for Spurs flop Moussa Sissoko last season on transfer deadline day, and Ross Barkley is hardly an upgrade on the Frenchman in my opinion. He just wouldn’t fit in at Spurs. His work rate is poor, his decision-making is terrible and his attitude is below-par. Does this sound like a player that would succeed under Mauricio Pochettino at Spurs? It doesn’t to me. That is the second of my problems with the potential transfer, he just doesn’t look like a player who would become a key figure at Spurs.

The sale of Kyle Walker to Manchester City for around £54m was completed on Friday, and I am sure Mauricio Pochettino will be keen for this money to be spent on improving the squad before the new Premier League season kicks off in a few weeks.

A new right-back is needed after the sale of Walker, and a couple of squad players would be nice to improve squad depth. Spurs already have enough creativity in the squad with the likes of Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Heung-min Son and the returning Erik Lamela. They do not need Barkley, who would be a terrible waste of money. Signing him would turn an already miserable transfer window into a complete disaster.

‘Change Of Mentality They Said’ Spurs Fans Furious Following £50m Kyle Walker Sale

The inevitable has now happened. Kyle Walker has completed his move to Premier League rivals Manchester City in a deal that could rise to in excess of £50m after add-ons.

The right-back reportedly had a falling out with manager Mauricio Pochettino towards the end of last season as Kieran Trippier was preferred to Walker in some of the bigger games during the run-in. Walker’s exclusion from the starting line-up fuelled speculation about his future, and Manchester City have taken full advantage, snapping him up two weeks into the transfer window.

Pep Guardiola’s side were in desperate need of a right-back after releasing their full-backs at the end of last season, and Daniel Levy used this fact to ensure he squeezed every last penny out of this deal, that could be worth as much as £54m, making Walker the most expensive defender ever.

Spurs fans might have seen the transfer as a reasonable one, claiming over £50m for a player that had fallen out with the manager. However, the fact that Spurs have sold to a direct rival has angered many fans, leading to them labelling Levy and the club as having a ‘selling mentality’, this is the first key player Spurs have sold since Gareth Bale moved to Real Madrid for a record-breaking £85m. Here is how Spurs fans on Twitter reacted to the sale of Kyle Walker.

Now that Walker has completed his move away, you would hope that a lot more focus would be put on recruitment ahead of the new season. Spurs are still the only Premier League club not to have made a signing in this summer transfer window.

This leaves Kieran Trippier and Kyle Walker-Peters as the only recognised right-backs at the club excluding Eric Dier. Trippier is a terrific player, and showed some of his best form in a Spurs shirt at the end of last season. As Mauricio Pochettino likes to rotate, do I think Walker-Peters is ready for regular first team action? I don’t think so, I think another right-back needs to be brought in before the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

Spurs Receive Huge Double Blow Just Weeks Before New Season Starts

The new Premier League season starts in just one month’s time for Spurs with a trip to Newcastle, and we have been flooded with reports that Eric Dier could make the switch to Manchester United and Dele Alli could find himself playing for Barcelona next season. 

Reports from Manchester Evening News state that Eric Dier is ‘desperate’ for a move to Manchester United this summer transfer window. Rumours have intensified in recent days and weeks regarding Dier’s potential transfer to Old Trafford, and the player’s desire to join the Red Devils has intensified amid the increased speculation.

Despite Spurs telling Jose Mourinho that Dier will not be sold under any circumstances this summer, the midfielder is still the subject of much interest and there is hope for Mourinho that the player himself could force Tottenham into a sale that could be worth as much as £50m.

Dier has proved to be an invaluable player for Spurs despite suffering a slight dip in form in the middle of last season, and is increasingly becoming a strong leader in the dressing room, something Mauricio Pochettino is reluctant to lose ahead of the new Premier League season. The Englishman is also part of Pochettino’s long-term plans and the Spurs boss has no doubts in his mind that it will stay that way when the transfer window slams shut at the end of next month.

It has also been Dier’s versatility that has made him such a valuable player to Spurs. The 23-year-old can play in a back three and has the capabilities to fill a role in the central midfield. Dier has shown how simply he can switch between the two different roles, and this has proved important for Mauricio Pochettino when making in-game formation and tactical changes.

It appears that Kyle Walker will be leaving the club for Manchester City, and now Dele Alli has been the subject of transfer rumours linking him with a move to European giants Barcelona. The Spanish club missed out on the La Liga title last season by three points to rivals Real Madrid and are looking for a new midfielder to make a title charge next season.

The Daily Star report that both Neymar and Lionel Messi are very keen for Alli to join Barcelona this summer after an impressive Premier League season just gone with Spurs. Having been such a key player for Spurs, they will be more than reluctant to let the Englishman leave.

It is unlikely that either Dier or Alli will leave Spurs this summer, but it is another summer of unwanted speculation. Despite being told he is not for sale, Mourinho will remain intent on unsettling Dier, and the same goes for Alli. It will be interesting to see how the two players cope with the ongoing speculation when the new season kicks off in just a few weeks.