Apr 20, 2017
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Tottenham round-up: Exciting attacking duo linked; Manchester United to target Eric Dier; Toby Alderweireld rejects contract

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Despite the excitement of the title race dominating affairs at White Hart Lane at present, speculation regarding Mauricio Pochettino’s summer transfer business has gathered pace this week, with three more players on his wanted list thought to have been revealed.

Amongst these, two are based on the continent, with the Daily Mirror and The Sun claiming that Spurs are interested in signing Bayern Munich and Galatasaray wingers, Douglas Costa and Bruma, respectively.

With a return to the Champions League on the horizon, Spurs are hard at work identifying transfer targets to mould Pochettino’s squad into genuine domestic league and European contenders, and to this end they are thought to be interested in Bayern’s Brazilian winger Costa (who would be available for around £25million-£30million) and Bruma, who could set the North Londoners back as little as £9 million, to make the move from the Turk Telekom Arena.

26-year-old Costa is believed to be unsettled in Bavaria having clashed with his club over his current deal. He has started a mere 17 games this season and is thought to desire more first-team football, yet is under contract at the Allianz Arena until 2020.

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Meanwhile, Galatasaray wide-man Bruma has netted five times and clocked up three assists in just 14 appearances for the Istanbul club this season, and may be available for a nominal fee with just a year to run on his contract, having spent a period out on loan at Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad last season.

Summer-signing flops Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou may well make way to provide funds for both signings, should Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy opt to pursue them.

The third target thought to be on Pochettino’s shopping list is far closer to home, with the Argentine thought to be keen for Keane. Burnley’s Michael Keane that is, one of the Premier League’s birghtest young defensive prospects, who made his senior England debut earlier in 2017.

The Telegraph claims that Spurs are one of a number of clubs targeting the young defender, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton all potential suitors, with Tottenham thought to be prepared to pay around £30million to prise the former Manchester United youngster away from Turf Moor.

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The report sensationally claims, however, that if such a sale were to go ahead, it may give the green light for another of their international defenders, Eric Dier, to head in the opposite direction, with Manchester United a likely destination.

Utility-man Dier is thought to favour playing in midfield over his original centre-half position, and José Mourinho may offer that opportunity for the former Sporting Lisbon man at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese keen to source a long-term replacement for ageing defensive-midfielder, Michael Carrick.

Furthermore, the opportunity to feature in midfield alongside Ander Herrera and £89million world-record signing Paul Pogba, may be enough to turn the head of the young England international.

Mourinho is also thought to harbour an interest in Spurs target Keane, but Dier is thought to be more of a priority target, and the club may be willing to miss out on their former academy player, were it to pave the way for Dier to swap North London for Greater Manchester.

Elsewhere, surprise news has emerged from White Hart Lane, as Italian outlet Gianluca Di Marzio broke the news that Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld has turned down the club’s original offer of a new contract.

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Alderweireld joined Spurs back in 2015 from Atlético Madrid following a loan spell with Southampton, where he worked with current Tottenham boss Pochettino. The 28-year-old has since gone on to make 103 appearances for the club, and remains under contract until 2020.

However, a £25million buy-out clause is included in the Belgium international’s current deal, and after the influential centre-half turned down an improved wage-package in exchange for phasing the clause out of his contract, some of Europe’s bigger clubs have turned a beady eye toward the unfolding saga at White Hart Lane, with Serie A giants Inter Milan thought to be keen on the defender.

Closer to home, Manchester United are another club believed to be amongst the list of potential suitors, whilst supporters of bitter North London rivals urged under-fire manager Arsene Wenger on social media to make an approach for the Belgian contract-rebel in the summer.

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Scott is a Port Vale fan who writes regularly for The Boot Room as a freelancer. He is a fan of several sports but most of his experience in journalism comes from football and volleyball. He has produced several works on major Championships for both the FIVB and CEV in the volleyball world out in Switzerland, and is currently studying for a BA Hons in Modern Languages at the University of Oxford.

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