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Tottenham round-up: Manchester United defender linked; 23-year-old wanted; striker to snub interest

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According to reports from the Daily Mail, Tottenham are allegedly keeping an eye on the situation of Manchester United defender Chris Smalling ahead of a potential summer switch to White Hart Lane.

It is believed that boss Mauricio Pochettino is looking for a centre-back to compliment both Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen, and the out-of-favour Smalling has been identified as a target.

After missing out on signing highly-rated Harry Maguire following his £17million move from relegated Hull City to Leicester City it’s thought that the Argentine is keen on securing his man this time.

The arrival of Swedish international Victor Lindelof from Benfica has given the 27-year-old defender even less chance of first-team action at Old Trafford next year, and this could force him to leave the club.

Smalling only managed 13 Premier League starts during Jose Mourinho’s debut season in Manchester, with Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones all preferred to the England international.

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If a deal for Smalling fails to materialise, then The Sun have reported that the North London outfit have outlined promising Swansea City centre-back Alfie Mawson as another potential addition to the squad.

It is reported that Spurs are poised to submit a £15 million offer to their Welsh Premier League rivals, with Pochettino already approaching the Swans over a summer move.

Since moving to Swansea from Championship side Barnsley for £5million last summer Mawson has been a revelation in the top-flight, putting in a string of exceptional displays as the Swans avoided the drop.

And because of this they could find it hard to keep hold of the 23-year-old, who Tottenham believe could become a first-team regular in the side within a matter of years.

Meanwhile, local reports from the South Coast have claimed that Bournemouth’s star forward Joshua King is set to snub talks of a move to Tottenham by pledging his near to the Cherries.

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The Daily Echo write that the Norwegian striker – who signed a new four-year deal at the Vitality Stadium last summer – isn’t fussed about talks of a move to London after his breakthrough season.

Talking to the Daily Echo over the weekend about the rumours, King said:

“I was focusing on the season and finishing it strongly. But I would be a liar if I said I hadn’t noticed it. It was in most papers and you have got people tagging you and sending you links here and there.

“I was intrigued even being mentioned in the same sentence as Spurs, a big team who play in the Champions League.

“You never know in football but, hopefully, I will be here next year and I’m looking forward to working with the gaffer. He’s been brilliant with me since the day I set foot on the training ground.”

The 25-year-old enjoyed his best-ever return in a Bournemouth shirt last season, scoring 16 Premier League goals as he inspired the Cherries to a top half of the table finish.

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