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Spurs Could Make Bid For Quality Premier League Midfielder, Will They Land Their Man?

Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure has reportedly turned down a move to China that could have earned the midfielder around a staggering £430,000-per-week. 

The reason he turned down the big money move to the Chinese Super League is because Toure values the standard of football more than he does the money. Hearing that from a Premier League player is promising, and we hope that no others are tempted by a move to China in the next few transfer windows, although it seems like Diego Costa might be tempted.

Some of you might ask the question, why is Yaya Toure being linked with a move away from Manchester City so soon after rejecting this big money move to China. Well, as the Metro report, the Ivorian could be heading into his last few months at the Etihad Stadium. This is due to the fact that Pep Guardiola is thought to not be keen on the idea of renewing Toure’s contract at the end of the season.

The Metro have been rating each of the top six’s chances of signing the midfielder over the summer transfer window, and they claim that Spurs have a ‘2 out of 5’ chance of making an offer for the 33-year-old come the end of the season.

Toure has made ten league appearances for Pep Guardiola’s side after resolving an off the field issue earlier on this campaign, and seems to be enjoying his football. The midfielder has scored on three occasions this season and despite recording no assists, Toure has created nine chances and made nine key passes this term.

Guardiola and Toure himself will have been less than impressed with his performance on Sunday afternoon as Manchester City fell to a 4-0 defeat against Everton at Goodison Park. At 33 years of age, you would have to question whether Toure would be able to perform consistently at a high level for Spurs.

Will Spurs go for Toure over the summer?

If you look at the midfielders currently is Spurs’ squad, they are pretty well covered with the starting pair of Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele backed up by Harry Winks and Eric Dier. Four defensive midfielders would seem reasonable for rotational purposes and for injuries. However, with Pochettino now switching to a back three, Eric Dier now drops in at the back, leaving Spurs with just Harry Winks as backup in the midfield.

With this formation change that Mauricio Pochettino has implemented into the side, Spurs might want to look at additional backup in the defensive midfield either now or in the summer, even more so after selling Tom Carroll to Swansea.

Despite turning down a massive move to China, Yaya Toure’s wages are still pretty sizeable. Taking this into account, along with his age, I think that Spurs will look elsewhere for defensive midfield cover, perhaps targeting a younger player to slot into the squad.

3 Transfers Spurs Should Complete This Month To Win The Premier League

It’s been a quiet window so far for Pochettino and Tottenham, but with the Premier League title very much within sight, the club must look to be active in the January market. I’ve been observing the media reports and taken my favourites. Here are 4 transfers Tottenham should complete this month in an attempt to help them win the league.

1 – Sebastian Driussi

The latest reports suggest Tottenham could be in the running to sign 20-year-old striker Sebastian Driussi.

According to The Independent, Tottenham are planning talks with River Plate and the youngster reportedly has a £10million asking price, for me, that would be a good deal. An avid watcher of Argentinean football, I’ve seen first hand the quality that he has. His form has attracted interest from the likes of Paris Saint-Germain and to be honest, I find it hard to believe that River would accept just £10milliom, especially with the calibre of clubs interested.

Vincent Janssen is still struggling at the club, meaning Pochettino desperately needs another attacking option. Driussi is a good alternative.

Driussi is currently the top scorer in the Argentine division with 10 goals in 14 games. Although it is a very different division to the Premier League, it is by no means easy

The only concern or issue I could possibly foresee with this one is a work permit problem – as he is yet to receive a full international cap for his country.

Spurs Face Battle To Keep Hold Of These Two Key Men, Huge Bids Incoming

Spurs could face a battle to keep hold of key man Harry Kane and Dele Alli when this season comes to a close and the summer transfer window opens. 

According to CalcioMercato, Manchester United are set to make a move for Tottenham’s Harry Kane over the summer, as a long-term replacement for current striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However, the deal hinges on whether or not Manchester United finish in the top four this season, and then if Spurs manage to secure Champions League football for next season.

Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on signing the England international, who has scored 59 goals in 100 Premier League appearances. He is so keen on securing the services of Kane, United could offer Spurs as much as £80m for Kane.

The Daily Mirror report that Dele Alli could end up moving to Real Madrid in the summer with the Spanish giants reportedly very interested in the 20-year-old. Despite a recent dip in form, Alli has come alive for Spurs in recent weeks, netting five times in three games for the Lilywhites.

It is reported that Mauricio Pochettino wants £50m for the attacking midfielder, but ideally he would like to see the former MK Dons man stay at Spurs as the North Londoners make the transition into their new stadium in the next few seasons. Tying him down to a new contract may have will give Spurs fans confidence that he will stay, but will the temptation of playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world prove to be too much for the youngster?

Will either of these deals happen over the summer?

As I have said, the Harry Kane to Manchester United deal hinges on United finishing in the top four, and Spurs not. As it stands, I would say that Spurs have a better chance of securing Champions League football than the Red Devils, making the Harry Kane deal unlikely.

Even if Spurs were to miss out on the top four and United were to make the cut, I still think the transfer is unlikely. We have repeatedly heard Kane talk about how much he loves the club and so on, and I think this is a genuine feeling Harry has towards Tottenham. I personally cannot see him making the switch to Mourinho’s side considering how happy he is at moment with Spurs.

On the other hand, the Dele Alli deals seem a little more likely to me, but still unlikely. It is true that the temptation might prove to be too much for Alli and he could end up trying to force a move to Real Madrid. However, if this was to happen, I think that Mauricio Pochettino would talk the Englishman into staying. Spurs are moving in the right direct at the moment, and Pochettino seems like a man who would not let his best players leave the club without a serious fight.

Liverpool Set To Rival Tottenham To The Signing Of Championship Star In January

Spurs are reportedly interested in making a move for Norwich winger Jacob Murphy during the January transfer window, but will face competition from Liverpool for the youngster’s signature. 

The Daily Mirror report that both clubs are interested in the winger, but they claim that Liverpool are set to offer to loan Murphy back to Norwich for the rest of the season in an attempt to beat Spurs to their man.

Norwich are struggling in the Championship, losing eight of their last eleven league games after a bright start to the season. The Canaries sit in 12th in the second tier of English football, and with promotion looking unlikely for Alex Neil’s side this season, Murphy might jump at the chance of a move to a Premier League club.

The Mirror also state that Mauricio Pochettino has been impressed with the 21-year-old’s performances for Norwich this season, and has sent scouts to watch him in the Championship ahead of a potential January move.

Both clubs seem to be neck-and-neck in the race to secure the services of Jacob Murphy from Norwich, but reports suggest that Liverpool are confident that they will beat Tottenham to his signature by loaning him back to Carrow Road for the rest of the season, and this alone will be enough to beat Spurs to this deal.

Murphy has been in good form for Norwich this term, bagging five goals and five assists already at this midway stage of the season. The winger has also created 21 chances this season, and made 16 key passes in 20 league appearances under Alex Neil.

Do Spurs need Jacob Murphy, and is a move to White Hart Lane likely?

In terms of wingers when playing a 4-2-3-1 formation, Spurs have the injured Erik Lamela, Hueng-min Son, Christian Eriksen, Georges-Kevin N’Koudou and Moussa Sissoko. That makes five players fighting for two spots, and that is when Mauricio Pochettino decides to play in 4-2-3-1.

N’Koudou has lacked game time, and so has Moussa Sissoko, so you feel that they have much more to offer for Spurs both this season and in future seasons. So, in short, no Spurs do not NEED Jacob Murphy. This would make you think that this would rule Spurs out of the running after Pochettino said he only wants players that will slot straight into the team and make a huge difference in the January transfer window.

However, Mauricio Pochettino likes to work with young players, he likes to watch them grow into better players, and with the price likely to be fairly low, he might be tempted to give Daniel Levy a nudge and bid for Murphy in this January transfer window.

3 Signings Tottenham Could Complete In The Next 7 Days

The New Year brings with it the excitement of the January mid-season transfer window. As we edge ever closer to 2017, clubs will have already identified their key targets and will be looking to make their moves. Here are three transfers Tottenham could complete in the opening week of the January transfer window. 

1) Ross Barkley

Despite scoring yesterday in the 2-2 draw with Hull, Ronald Koeman has not been impressed with midfielder Ross Barkley in recent weeks, and while he is still rated at £30m by others clubs, Everton could be tempted to sell up during the January transfer window if the price is right.

Reports last week had suggested that if Spurs were to contact that Toffees about a potential move, Koeman would try for a straight swap deal. A deal that would see Barkley move to North London and Koeman finally land his target Moussa Sissoko after dramatically missing out on the Frenchman back in the summer.

However, this swap deal is highly unlikely, and if these reports are correct that Koeman is keen on this swap deal, I am sure he will learn in the very near future that Sissoko is not for sale and will not be used in any transfer deal. A bold big of £30m or higher from Daniel Levy at the very start of the transfer window would surely make a good start to negotiations, and we could see a swift deal.

From what I have seen from Barkley this season, he is not worth the £30m that it will take to bring him to White Hart Lane. He may add a bit of squad depth, but not much more. He is no better than what we already have in the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen. A £30m deal would be a huge mistake, but who knows, it could happen.

Spurs Eye Sensational Swoop For La Liga Duo In January

According to separate reports from the Daily Express and the Daily Mirror, Spurs are set to make exciting moves for Real Madrid duo Isco and Pepe, as Mauricio Pochettino looks to strengthen his squad over the January transfer window. 

The Daily Express report that Spanish website Okdiario claim that Spurs along with a host of Premier League clubs are interested in signing Pepe in the New Year. Spurs collapsed defensively at the end of last season, shipping nine goals in the final three games against Chelsea, Southampton and Newcastle in the midst of title pain, and ended up finishing third behind bitter rivals Arsenal.

It seemed that the best defensive pair in the Premier League, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen crumbled under the pressure, and Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add experience to the defensive ranks at Spurs. In terms of experience, Pepe has been and done it all, and would be the perfect signing.

The Real Madrid star has won it all with the Spanish giants and is keen to find a new challenge, and Spurs would seem a side that have big ambitions. However, if the Lilywhites are to pull this deal off, they would have to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester City to his signature, who are all interested in Pepe’s services.

The Daily Mirror claim that Real Madrid midfielder Isco is unhappy with the amount of game time he is getting at the Santiago Bernabeu, and is keen on a move away from Madrid. Spurs could be ready to pounce in January as they look to land one of their long-term targets.

The Spaniard has played the full ninety minutes for Real Madrid just twice this season, and a move away would surely secure the talented playmaker more time out on the pitch. Despite making twelve appearances this season, it is thought that Isco would like to feature each and every week and for the full ninety minutes, something tat is not happening at Real Madrid.

If the Spanish international were to move to White Hart Lane in the New Year, would he slot straight into the team? That would depend on the form of Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli as well as Heung-min Son. Erik Lamela will also be back soon from injury. Isco is a quality player that would fit in well at Spurs, and has shown he can make a difference at Real Madrid, providing three assists this season, creating 18 chances, making 15 key passes in his 12 La Liga appearances.

Strengthening: 3 Players Spurs Could Sign During The January Transfer Window

With Spurs just one point off the top four and ten points off league leaders Chelsea, Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to make signings in January, allowing his side to really push on in the second half of this high competitive Premier League season. Here are three signings he could look to make in the New Year.

1) Max Meyer

Reports have linked Tottenham with a move for Schalke star Max Meyer for a number of transfer windows, and it is no surprise to see the same rumours are appearing to surface once again ahead of the January transfer window. It is Sport Bild, a German publication that are now linking Spurs with a move for the German international.

Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs were keen to get a deal over the line in the summer for Meyer, but since an agreement hasn’t been reached, the North Londoners are interested in trying to agree a deal in the New Year. However, the report from Sport Bild suggests that Schalke will not accept any bids under £30m.

Schalke have struggled in the Bundesliga this season, and Meyer hasn’t hit the heights of previous seasons during Schalke’s struggles. Making eleven appearances this term, the German hasn’t scored a single goal, and has provided just one assist. In addition to this, Mayer has been one key passes per game, eleven in total in the league.

Comparing that to Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen, those figures look poor. The Dane has managed to complete 38 key passes, contributing four assists as well as scoring five league goals. Looking at those stats, the £30m Spurs will have to pay does not look like a wise investment to me.

Report: Spurs Outcast Attracting A Lot Of Interest Ahead Of January Transfer Window- Is A Move Away Realistic?

Spurs centre-back Kevin Wimmer is attracting lots of interest from lots of clubs ahead of the January transfer window, with three clubs set to battle it out for the Austrian’s services. However, whether any moves actually materialises will be the decision of Tottenham, according to Wimmer’s agent.  

The Evening Standard claim that the three clubs interested in Wimmer are German giants Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg, while Southampton are also monitoring the centre-back’s situation at Spurs. Wimmer’s agent Jurgen Werner claims there are no plans as yet in terms of a move away in January, and the decision will be that of the club regarding Wimmer’s future.

Wimmer will have known coming into this season that he was neither first choice nor second choice centre-backs due to the presence of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen. However, Wimmer have been a little disheartened to not see himself enjoy an extended run in the starting line-up as a result of Alderweireld’s knee injury.

Mauricio Pochettino chose Eric Dier to fill the void at the heart of the Spurs defence alongside Jan Vertonghen, rather than Wimmer, although we did see the Austrian form a part of a back three against Arsenal and fill in at left-back at Stamford Bridge against Chelsea. Also, in the most recent back three deployed by Pochettino against Hull at White Hart Lane, Eric Dier was preferred to Kevin Wimmer.

This may have surprised Wimmer a little after he filled in so well last season when a place in the side became available due to injuries, and may be looking for more playing time, having only featured in the games against Arsenal, Chelsea and in the EFL Cup and one Champions League fixture.

Is a move away for Wimmer realistic?

It remains to be seen whether Pochettino wants to use a back three on a regular basis, and if the Argentine was to do this and injuries were to have an impact on the squad, then Wimmer of course would be needed. However, the argument remains that he is arguably the fourth-choice centre-back at the club, and below him is Cameron Carter-Vickers, do Spurs need five centre-backs?

If we think back to earlier on this season, with Wimmer signing a new deal with Spurs, would the club be willing to cash in so early on into his contract extension. Surely the club would wait until the summer. Although there is a lot of interest in the centre-back if these reports are correct, I do not think we will see Wimmer move away from Spurs in the January transfer window.

Report: Tottenham Pursuing January Deal For £40m-Rated Midfielder, But Should They Look Elsewhere?

Tottenham look like they could be dipping into the transfer market in January if the latest rumours are anything to go by – but are they targeting the wrong player?

According to TalkSport, who cite German publication SportBILD as their source, Tottenham have reignited their interest in Schalke midfielder Max Meyer.

The versatile, attack-minded midfielder is just 21 years old and already has 4 caps for Germany. He is rated extremely highly by his peers and in Germany. Despite his young age, he has already played more than 100 games for Schalke, a phenomenal achievement in itself. He has been at the club as a youth player since 2009 and made his senior debut in 2013, he hasn’t looked back and has been a regular in the team since then. He wears the number 7 shirt and Schalke very much deem him indispensable. TalkSport suggest that the German club would want £30million-£40million to part with him, but I’m not even sure that would be enough. Considering the kind of money that is going around these days, Schalke are unlikely to part with their golden boy for less than £50million in my opinion, unless they are in some kind of financial difficulty.

With that in mind, would Tottenham not be better placed trying to scupper PSG’s/Liverpool’s/Arsenal’s deal for Julian Draxler? The German playmaker is unhappy at Wolfsburg and the German club have said he can go, it is thought they are demanding around £35million for his signature. Aged 23, Draxler is still a work in progress, but at his best he is a top quality player and if he could realise his potential he would be considered amongst the very best.

Standing at 6ft 2′ but with pace and agility to match many shorter more natural dribblers, Draxler combines a rare mix of qualities to make him a really useful midfielder for any team. With 27 caps for Germany, he is building up a wealth of experience. Considering he’d cost less than Meyer and is actually available, should Tottenham not be trying to sign him?

Tottenham are crying out for some creativity and inspiration in the final third. I think Draxler is the perfect player to try and solve those problems.

What do you think? Are Tottenham wasting their time in their pursuit of Meyer, or is he worth it? Comment below with your thoughts. 

Lloris Contract Talks Stalling: 3 Potential Replacements For The French Stopper

Reports have suggested that Tottenham are struggling to get star goalkeeper Hugo Lloris to sign a new contract at White Hart Lane, with the Sunday Mirror claiming last week that the Frenchman’s fear that Spurs are unable to win trophies is preventing him from putting pen to paper.

1) Jordan Pickford

The Sunderland goalkeeper has been in terrific form of late, and has attracted the interest of Spurs after a string of impressive performances in between the sticks for David Moyes’ side.

The Englishman has been called up recently to the England squad as a result of his terrific form, and has kept Sunderland in many games in the Premier League this season, making a number of key saves to keep Sunderland off the foot of the league.

Pickford has kept just the one clean sheet this term against Hull at the Stadium of Light, but considering the quality of the defence in front of him at Sunderland and Spurs, it could be assumed that Pickford would keep more clean sheets in North London with the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen defending in front of him. The 22-year-old makes on average 2.30 saves per goal, which is 0.2 more than French stopper Hugo Lloris.