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Change of tack from Daniel Levy comes too late for Tottenham pair

Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele look to be on their way out of Spurs.

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Tottenham Hotspur have indicated something of a change of tact this week, as they look to get their house in order ahead of the new season. Last weekend saw Harry Kane sign a new deal at the club worth around £200,000-a-week. Reports this week are suggesting Dele Alli is next in line, with a £100,000-a-week salary being mentioned.

Such wages were once a pipe dream under the chairmanship of Daniel Levy at Tottenham Hotspur. It has long been one of the key reasons why Spurs have struggled to keep up with the big boys. At the end of the day, other teams have been willing to pay Tottenham’s stars what the club were stubborn enough to refuse.

It was an admirable trait, but one which certainly left Spurs at risk of losing their better players going forward.

Now, with talk of Christian Eriksen, Heung-min Son and Eric Dier all being lined up for pay-rises, it appears Tottenham have finally decided to up their pay grades.

It is a welcome change, one which fans will hope can see the club keep their best players for years to come.

However, it has surely still come too late for two of the current crop. Belgian pair Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele are currently locked in something of a battle over their own contracts.

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Spurs are refusing to pay big wages to two of the club’s older first-team members. They are also unwilling to offer them the length of contract being put on the table by those chasing their current signature.

Whilst Tottenham appear to be upping the salary bracket, it does not look like that applies for those in or approaching their 30s.

Daniel Levy will see them as commodities with a dwindling market value, especially given the pair’s injury problems.

Tottenham, it seems, are finally moving into the new era when it comes to wages for their star players. That should be commended, as they can now finally fight off competition.

However, for Alderweireld and Dembele, the change has come a little too late.

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Tottenham Hotspur should have swooped for Luciano Vietto this summer

Luciano Vietto could have been a solid back-up to Harry Kane this season.

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Fulham pulled off something of a coup on transfer deadline day. The Cottagers snapped up Argentine talent Luciano Vietto on loan from Atletico Madrid for the season. It was a great piece of business from the club, considering the talent the 24-year-old striker possesses.

But one other London club should have been in for the player. Tottenham Hotspur needed striking reinforcements this summer. With Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen both unable to provide adequate cover for Harry Kane, it is an area Tottenham struggle.

A move for Anthony Martial was mooted early on, but nothing ever came to pass.

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Vietto could have been a perfect option. With only Llorente for competition, he could have easily become the main back-up to Kane. Mauricio Pochettino is on good terms with his former international team-mate and Atletico manager Diego Simeone, so convincing them of a deal would not have been hard.

Vietto could have arrived on a loan-to-buy scheme, giving Tottenham the chance to sign him next summer should he be a hit.

Whilst many will question whether Vietto would have been good enough for Spurs, his past form indicates he could have done a job. His tally of five goals for Valencia last season is nothing to celebrate. However, his 10 as the back-up at Sevilla the season before and his incredible 2015-16 with former club Villarreal show he just needs a chance to shine.

Fulham may now give him that and, Vietto will hope to prove his worth. Tottenham, however, should have been in the race. If he goes on to thrive in West London, some fans will rightly ask why Spurs did not make a move.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Janssen number stripped, Rose can go and Eriksen interest

A selection of the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Shirt off his back

Vincent Janssen has had his shirt number stripped. The club announced their new squad numbers for the season this afternoon and the Dutch striker is without a number.

He had previously held the number nine shirt, following a move from AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016.

However, the number is now vacant as it appears Tottenham try to shift him before the end of the month.

Janssen failed to adapt to Premier League football and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.

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Rose allowed to leave

Tottenham are happy to let Danny Rose leave the club before the end of the month. According to The Mirror, Spurs are ready to let Rose leave despite the transfer window being shut.

The England international has fallen out-of-favour with manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is now happy to let him go.

PSG and Schalke have both shown an interest in the player. Both club’s transfer windows remain open.

Tottenham feel they have adequate cover with youngster Kyle Walker-Peters and centre-back Jan Vertonghen able to play in his position.

Eriksen rumours

There is more interest in Christian Eriksen being reported this week. Real Madrid’s interest was already known. However, PSG are also said to be keen on the Danish midfielder.

According to the Daily Star, the French side are preparing a £100 million move for the playmaker before the end of the month.

Tottenham fans should however not be fearful. The club have ruled out any potential exit for Eriksen this summer.

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Ben Davies form could surely see Tottenham perform Danny Rose exit U-turn

The Welsh left-back has not been in great form recently for Tottenham Hotspur.

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Tottenham Hotspur looked certain to lose Danny Rose this summer. The England international’s position at the club has become troublesome of late, after his criticism of the club last summer. However, since then, injuries have put Rose back and in his absence, a former scapegoat found his feet.

Welshman Ben Davies was often pilloried by the Tottenham public for some bad form prior to Rose’s injury. But last season Davies was in sensational form. A threat going forward as well as defensively, his tireless work-rate and professionalism left Rose chasing shadows once fit.

Rose was recently linked with Schalke 04 and PSG, as reported by The Sun, as Davies continues as number one choice.

However, Tottenham must be starting to consider giving Rose another go.

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Davies has struggled for form recently. Pre-season did not go his way and a performance against Girona was particularly bad.

Against Newcastle United, at the weekend he again did not look at his best and some Tottenham fans are now calling for Rose to be reinstated.

Whilst Davies does deserve a chance to continue in the starting XI his form must be a concern for Mauricio Pochettino.

With Tottenham set for yet another busy season, rotation could become key. So allowing rose to go, with the first-choice looking ropey, would seem a big mistake from Tottenham.

It could be Rose still has a Tottenham future for now.

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