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Spurs Poised To Make Summer Move For £15m-Rated Premier League Youngster

Reports from the Daily Star claim that Tottenham have joined the race alongside other Premier League clubs to sign Hull City defender Harry Maguire.

The defender has been a key figure for Hull City since the arrival of Marco Silva and the recent turn of form the Tigers have experienced. The 23-year-old’s form has attracted interest from the likes of Everton and Southampton. Now Spurs reportedly have one eye on the Englishman, we could see the fee paid for Maguire rise to £15m.

The Daily Star inform us that Maguire’s contract at Hull runs out in June next year, and with the defender under no long-term contract, Hull might be forced to sell up.

Mauricio Pochettino has experimented with a couple of systems throughout this season, the 4-2-3-1 formation and the 3-4-2-1 formation. However, with the injury of Jan Vertonghen, the failure of Kevin Wimmer in recent weeks and the failure of the system itself against Manchester City, Pochettino has reverted to a more conventional 4-2-3-1 system more recently.

It would seem from this report that Mauricio Pochettino is looking for centre-back cover. Whether that means he has a long-term goal to see Spurs play in a 3-4-2-1 system, or is just looking for better squad depth either to slot alongside or replace Kevin Wimmer remains to be seen. Either way, Maguire would seem to be a sensible signing as he can slot comfortably into a three-at-the-back or a four-at-the-back system.

Would Maguire be a good summer signing for Spurs?

With Spurs playing a four-at-the-back system prior to this season, the starting pair of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld with cover that consisted of Kevin Wimmer and Eric Dier looked to be sufficient. However, the signing of Maguire would give Mauricio Pochettino the option of playing three-at-the-back on a regular basis with strong cover in the squad.

Harry Maguire has caught my eye on many occasions this season, and has impressed me especially since the arrival of Marco Silva as Hull boss. The defender looks capable of dealing with the physicality of the very best in the business, and looks confident in bringing the ball out from the back, something that Mauricio Pochettino likes to see and encourages from his players.

The signing of Maguire could also spell the end for Kevin Wimmer, there is of course already uncertainty about his future. It is of course possible that the Austrian could seek a move back to Germany, where there might be more first team opportunities for Wimmer.

In my opinion, Harry Maguire would be an excellent signing for Spurs if they can pull it off over the summer. He looks to be a very capable player at this level, and can slot easily into whatever formation Pochettino wants to play in both the short-term and the long-term.

Enough is Enough: 3 Spurs Players Who Must Be Sold In The Summer

Tottenham have just endured two really tough defeats to Liverpool and Gent and some players have continued to put in lackluster performances in the process. Although we are a long way from the summer transfer window, I wanted to vent my frustration at three players, whom I feel need to move on from the club in the summer.

1. Moussa Sissoko

What a poor signing Sissoko has turned out to be. At £30million, he is the clubs record signing but he has produced performances that wouldn’t justify a £5million price tag let alone thirty. Playing on the right wing mostly, Sissoko has been running down blind alleys, forever failing to produce any sort of end product. If he was young, I’d say give him more time, but he’s 27. If he was new to the English game I’d say give him more time, but he’s been playing in England since 2013. There is literally no excuse for his poor performances and despite Pochettino’s brilliant tactical nouse, he has really made a mess here. If we can recoup even half of what we paid for him, it’ll be great business.

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2. Georges-Kevin N’Koudou

N’Koudou has perhaps not been given enough time to show his true colours, with just 2 starts since he arrived in the summer. Whenever he has featured though, he’s looked pretty poor. To me, this looks very much like another Clinton N’Jie situation and I can see him going back to France in the summer. Tottenham need some proven quality in the final third. The main players are young (Kane, Alli) and the back up players like N’Koudou are also young. This means when push comes to shove at these important stages of the season, the club don’t have enough quality or know how to score enough goals to win games. N’Koudou seems to be a bit of a nothing player and if he moves on it will allow a squad space for someone else to come in, someone who would surely be more effective.

Spurs Made Late January Move For Premier League Star, Would He Have Been A Good Signing?

Reports from The Times have emerged claiming that Tottenham Hotspur made a late move in the January transfer window for Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez. 

The Times report that Spurs contacted the Premier League Champions late on in January regarding a potential deal that would see Mahrez move to White Hart Lane. However, the Lilywhites were unsuccessful in their approach as Leicester said that the winger was not for sale at any price.

Following yesterday’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United, The Foxes will be nervously looked over their shoulders at the relegation zone, which they are currently just one point adrift of. With Claudio Ranieri’s side set to get involved in a battle at the wrong end of the table, losing Mahrez would have been a huge blow for the Champions.

Mahrez was a key player last season for Leicester, but this term has been a shadow of his usual self in the Premier League. However, the Algerian has seem to have come alive in the Champions League, where he has netted four times in four matches this season.

The 25-year-old was reportedly close to completing a move away to Arsenal over the summer transfer window, as Ranieri looked to hang onto his key players ahead of their Premier League title defence. Despite keeping Jamie Vardy alongside Mahrez, the loss of N’Golo Kante to Chelsea appears to have hurt Leicester the most.

Would Mahrez have been a good signing for Spurs?

Two things that Mahrez would have brought to the Spurs team if he had put pen to paper would have been blistering pace as well as a majestic left foot. Cutting in from the right-wing, Mahrez has caused many full-backs problems both this season and last season.

I think that Mahrez would have been a terrific signing for Spurs if they had managed to pull it off, despite his comments about the Spurs collapse at Chelsea being the funniest thing ever, his footballing ability would have made him an outstanding signing.

The squad competition at Spurs I feel would push Mahrez to the best of his ability, and once returned from injury, he would have had an interesting battle on his hands for first team minutes against Erik Lamela.

Mahrez would have been a terrific signing if Spurs had managed to get a January deal over the line, but of course as we know, nothing materialised. Will Spurs return for Mahrez in the summer if the Foxes fortunes fail to turn around?

Spurs Rejected Late Deadline Day Approach For This Man, Were They Right To Do So?

ESPN report that Tottenham rejected a late move from Turkish club Galatasaray, as they attempted to secure the services of striker Vincent Janssen for six months on loan. 

The Dutchman has yet to score from open play in a Spurs shirt, but has converted on four occasions from the spot this season, the latest of those coming in the 4-3 win over Wycombe.

The £17m summer signing has not started for Spurs since the 2-0 FA Cup win over Aston Villa, but did seem to have a positive impact on proceedings when he came off the bench at half-time against League Two Wycombe, not only scoring from the spot, but providing the assist for Heung-min Son’s late winner.

Vincent Janssen’s agent Louis Laros, speaking to ESPN confirmed that there seemed to be some truth to these reports that Galatasaray had interest in signing the Dutchman on the loan, but the striker’s agent appeared adamant that Janssen would not be leaving, and that turned out to be the case.

Absolutely not happening! Janssen is not joining Galatasaray, they may want him but he is not leaving. Janssen will of course stay at Tottenham, he is not going anywhere.

The lack of involvement in the January transfer window in terms of signing a striker would seem that Mauricio Pochettino has far from given up on Janssen, despite the Dutchman failing to hit anywhere near top form since joining the club in the summer.

Were Spurs right to reject the approach from Galatasaray?

Absolutely. Of course they were. We cannot judge a player that has come from a foreign league in their first six months at the club, and I am sure that Janssen has so much more to offer for Spurs than is currently on show. He quite clearly has the talent to succeed, but not the confidence at this moment in time.

A loan move might have been beneficial for Janssen if he had started scoring in his time in Turkey. He would have returned to White Hart Lane on a high, and ready to make another go of it in the Premier League. However, if he failed to find his shooting boots, where would that have left the 23-year-old?

Looking at the rest of the season, Spurs are still involved in the FA Cup and Europa League as well as the Premier League. The fixtures will soon start to pile up for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and Janssen will get lots of first team chances for sure. He is still an important part of the Spurs squad, and Spurs got this one spot on not to let him move away on loan.

Could Tottenham Complete This Transfer For Premier League Star In Next Four Hours?

Tottenham could be set to make a late move for Everton’s Ross Barkley just hours before the January transfer window slams shut. 

Bookmakers Marathonbet have set their odds at 2/1 for Barkley’s next club to be Tottenham Hotspur, making them the favourites ahead of Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Spurs are yet to make a move in the winter transfer window as yet, and could be tempted to break the bank on deadline day, as they did to secure the services of Moussa Sissoko. However, things haven’t quite gone to plan since for the Frenchman after he declined the opportunity to move to Goodison Park.

Mauricio Pochettino would have been frustrated and puzzled watching his team struggle to beat League Two Wycombe on Saturday. It took a late, late Heung-min Son strike to get past Gareth Ainsworth’s side at White Hart Lane, and Pochettino said that ‘we have a problem’ if certain players in the Spurs squad cannot perform in a game of this kind.

With a tricky FA Cup fifth round tie away at Fulham to negotiate in February, a return to the Europa League and the Premier League all to juggle in the next few months for Mauricio Pochettino, he might be tempted to make a late move in order to improve his squad depth moving forward into this period.

How likely is the move?

Despite the odds being set at 2/1, lower than I have previously seen, I still think that this move is highly unlikely. Ross Barkley has repeatedly been challenged by Everton manager Ronald Koeman to up his game on the football pitch.

It has previously been reported that Barkley will not be moving to White Hart Lane on the cheap if a move does go ahead. It has been suggested that the Englishman will cost a club-record equalling £30m to bring to N17.

In my opinion, it would be a complete waste of money, paying money for an inconsistent 23-year-old, who I think does not have too much potential to kick on. For me, what we are seeing at Everton from Barkley is exactly what Tottenham would be getting.

I am sure that Mauricio Pochettino’s attention will be fully focused on tonight’s Premier League fixture against Sunderland at the Stadium Of Light, and any business that he would have wanted to get done, would have been done by now.

Spurs In Shock As Star Wants Out In The Summer, Will He Complete A Move Away?

Spurs are in shock as reports suggest that winger Erik Lamela wants to leave the club in the summer, in favour of a move back to his former club Roma. 

The Argentine hasn’t played for Spurs since the 2-1 EFL Cup defeat at Anfield back in October, and has been sidelined ever since due to a hip injury. At the time, Mauricio Pochettino at the time explained that the injury was nothing serious, and that the recovery process would take a few weeks.

However, here we are coming to the end of January, and Lamela is still out of action. We heard a couple of weeks ago that the winger would return to his former club Roma, to see a doctor that he trusted from his time at the club to see what he could do to speed up the recovery.

Mauricio Pochettino was able to give an update on the injury to Lamela after the 2-2 draw at Manchester City on Saturday evening. Here is what he had to say.

The result was the same so now it’s about how he adapts his programme. Now he’ll start to run. It’s positive, now it’s about building his fitness and to try to challenge the pain he feels in his hip, but I think this will be positive.

Despite Pochettino seeming very focused on getting the winger back to full fitness and back amongst the first team, it has been reported by Squawka that the 24-year-old is interested in moving back to Roma in the summer.

This long spell on the sidelines with injury has left Lamela feeling isolated from the rest of the squad, as well as frustrated as the initial signs suggested that the injury was only minor. We also have heard reports that the death of his dog Simba, who Lamela seemed to be very close to, has also had an effect on the Argentine’s state of mind.

Will Lamela make a move away over the summer?

After a disappointing couple of seasons at White Hart Lane, the instalment of Mauricio Pochettino as manager at Spurs has helped to get the very best out of Erik Lamela. After his purple patch since the Argentine arrived as manager, it would seem that a decision to leave a club with a coach that you know can get the very best out of you as a player would not be taken lightly. It is of course understandable that a player would get extremely frustrated when trying to recover from an injury that seemed minor in the first place.

Do I have any doubts about Lamela feeling unsettled at the moment? No. But would I be surprised if he moved back to Roma over the summer? Yes, I would be very surprised.

Spurs Set To Make Move For Serie A Defender As Vertonghen Replacement, Will The Deal Go Ahead?

The London Evening Standard report that Spurs are readying a move for Inter Milan defender Andrea Ranocchia, and will be looking to get a deal over the line by the end of the month. 

Jan Vertonghen picked up an ankle ligament injury in the 4-0 Premier League win against West Brom, and could be in for six weeks on the sidelines.

Mauricio Pochettino has been looking around his squad for replacement, and fielded Kevin Wimmer on the left of a back three in Saturday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City. However, the Austrian was hauled off at the break in favour of a change in system as Pep Guardiola’s side dominated the first half, but failed to break the deadlock.

With the Argentine boss looking to implement the three at the back more often than not on matchday, it would seem sensible to bring in some centre-back cover, especially following Wimmer’s failure to perform on Saturday evening and Vertonghen’s injury.

Spurs have a busy schedule coming up in the remainder of January and February, with the Europa League set to make its return in the middle of February. Mauricio Pochettino will be looking to keep his squad as fresh as possible to keep his side’s run going in the FA Cup and Europa League, whilst mounting a decent Premier League title challenge too.

Inter Sporting Director values Andrea Ranocchia at approximately £5m, but would be open to offers in terms of a loan move until the summer, where there would be an option to buy. Pochetttino will not look to break the bank for centre-back cover, and a move for Ranocchia would seem like a good move.

The Italian defender has played just five times for Inter in Serie A this season, and his strength does seem to be in the air, winning 86% of his aerial duels over the course of this season.

Will the move happen?

In terms of centre-backs, Spurs have Eric Dier, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Cameron Carter-Vickers that can all play in a back three. Ben Davies can be added to that list, as we saw him play on the left of a back three for Wales at the European Championships.

The injury layoff of six weeks for Vertonghen is a fairly lengthy one, meaning he will not return until the start of March at the earliest. The fixtures will have already started to pile up by then, and at £5m, I think this is a risk for Mauricio Pochettino that is worth taking.

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.