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As Ayoze Perez admits transfer approach should Tottenham try again this summer?

The Spaniard has been in good form recently and Tottenham Hotspur would be wise to swoop again.

Mathew Nash

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Last week Newcastle United striker Ayoze Perez admitted he very nearly left the club for Tottenham Hotspur or Manchester United. Speaking to the Shields Gazette he disclosed:

“In the end, it (a move to Tottenham) did not happen,” said Perez. “It was a couple of seasons ago. Man United was more interest than anything else, but the Tottenham was pretty close. In the end, it did not come to anything, but staying here was not negative. I enjoyed a lot in the second division. It made me improve in many ways, and I was happy.”

Spurs have certainly been linked with a move for the Spanish forward in the past. Back in 2015 Tottenham were said to be keen on the attacker after he had impressed in his debut Premier League campaign, scoring seven goals in 39 games for the club.

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The Independent reported that Tottenham were interested in spending around £15 million for the player.

In the end, no deal ever came about and, in general, Tottenham fans will not feel like they missed out. Until now perhaps.

Perez is finding his best form for Newcastle at the moment. Ahead of tonight’s game against Everton in the Premier League the Spanish striker has scored in his last three games and has been key to Newcastle’s recent improvement in form.

Again, he has not been prolific this season, with just seven goals from 32 appearances.

But Tottenham might want to consider moving for him again in the summer.

So far, the club’s attempts at signing backup options to Harry Kane have fallen flat. Both Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente have failed to produce the goods.

(during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Tottenham Hotspur at Liberty Stadium on January 2, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

Perez looks to finally be finding something near his best form and, at just 24-years-old, is only to get better with age.

Tottenham would likely not have to overpay for the player who, despite being happy at St James’ Park, would surely relish the chance of Champions League football with Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

This summer, Tottenham are set to be linked with a host of new striker options. Perez might be the off-radar target that best suits the club.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Previously spent five years writing for HITC Sport. Everton fan for my sins.

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Some West Ham fans want Andriy Yarmolenko to start v Arsenal

The Ukrainian winger has been used as a substitute so far this season.

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West Ham United’s start to the Premier League season has not exactly gone to plan. After an impressive summer of spending and appointing Manuel Pellegrini as manager, big things are expected at the London Stadium.

However, an opening day defeat to Liverpool might have been tolerated, the loss to Bournemouth will not. The Cherries won 2-1 in London yesterday as West Ham struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

It led to plenty of criticism of the team selection online. West Ham fans would like to see new signings Issa Diop and Lucas Perez get a chance. Others would also like to see Mark Noble dropped.

But the most common theme revolves around their Ukrainian winger.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Andriy Yarmolenko of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Plenty of West Ham fans would like to see Andriy Yarmolenko given a chance in the West Ham starting XI next weekend.

The Hammers paid Borussia Dortmund £22 million for the player this summer. It looks a great signing, considering his previous form with the Ukrainian national team and Dynamo Kiev.

But hip trouble has been bothering him, leaving him behind Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson in the pecking order.

But with West Ham struggling, many fans on Twitter are calling for the 28-year-old to be moved into the starting XI for the clash with Arsenal next week…

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One winner, one loser as Tottenham defeat Fulham at Wembley

Spurs followed up last week’s win at Newcastle with a first win on home soil.

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Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from as many games on Saturday afternoon as they beat newly-promoted Fulham by three goals to one at their temporary home, Wembley.

Spurs were led to victory with three well-taken strikes from Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane, who netted for the very first time in his career during the month of August.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated in his attempts to sign new recruits during the summer but his team’s start to the 2018/19 campaign will have undoubtedly delighted the boss.

Following the London-derby with the Cottagers, The Boot Room looked at one winner and one loser from the contest…

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Winner – Mauricio Pochettino

The Spurs manager will have been delighted with his charges who went about their business in typically emphatic fashion. Given the uncertainty surrounding the club’s new home this past week it was vital that Spurs put on a performance to put a smile back on the faces of the club’s supporters.

Pochettino has worked wonders in North London and although no new recruits were added during the summer, it still seems quite obvious that Spurs will be up there challenging for the top four again this season.

The 46-year-old boss got his subs absolutely spot on against Fulham with Erik Lamela providing the assist that saw Harry Kane notch his first every goal in August.

Loser – Danny Rose

Ben Davies once again got the nod at left wing-back to intensify the speculation surrounding the future of England man Danny Rose, who was an unused sub on Saturday.

According to the Daily Express, Rose is a target for French giants Paris Saint Germain this summer and, given the first two games of the season, it seems as though the 28-year-old is not likely to figure a great deal for the foreseeable future.

Rose was a peripheral figure for Gareth Southgate during the World Cup and it appears that he will now be on the fringes at Spurs – provided, of course, he is still with the Londoners come the end of the month.

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Early signs from James Maddison suggest Tottenham targeted the wrong man

The talented playmaker has impressed early on for Leicester City, but Tottenham tried for Jack Grealish.

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This summer, Norwich City midfield maestro James Maddison seemed destined for a Carrow Road exit.

Tottenham Hotspur were one team heavily linked with a move for the player. As reported by The Mirror, Spurs were reportedly all set to meet the player’s £25 million price-tag in order to bring him in.

However, it soon appeared that Tottenham had set their sights on a different Championship playmaker. Jack Grealish became the object of Spurs’ affection this summer. A £25 million for the Aston Villa man was rejected on deadline day and Tottenham ended the summer without buying a single player.

Judging from the early evidence, they might have made a mistake in not going for the new Leicester City man.

The Foxes tied up a £22 million deal for the player in mid-June. His start to the season has certainly suggested he was worth the money. Maddison impressed in Leicester’s opening day defeat to Manchester United. Then, yesterday, he had the home fans at the King Power extremely thankful for an excellent display v Wolves. He capped it off with a first goal for his new club.

The early signs are Maddison will be a Premier League hit. Tottenham Hotspur must wonder if in targeting Grealish, they went for the wrong Championship playmaker.

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