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Have Tottenham Hotspur found Kyle Walker’s replacement in Porto’s Ricardo Pereira?

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Although a deal has to be confirmed, it is believed that Tottenham Hotspur‘s Kyle Walker will complete a move to Manchester City in coming weeks. Sky Sports report that an official bid may be made in the next few days, now that the player has returned from international duty.

Having been at the club for eight years and as a regular starter the last six, it is no surprise that Mauricio Pochettino has already been lining up potential replacements. The Spurs’ manager generally ensures that he has two options for each position – something which led to Walker being left out of several key matches in favour of Kieran Trippier.

Trippier, fresh from his first start for England in the defeat to France, has gained the faith of his boss, proving himself to be a capable attacking fullback with impressive crossing abilities. However, with European football secured for a second consecutive season, another solid right back is required.

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Top of Pochettino’s targets for this area is Porto’s Ricardo Pereira, believed to be valued at around £20 million according to the TelegraphThe 23-year-old has spent the last two seasons on loan at OGC Nice, forming part of the squad which mounted a decent title challenge against the big-spending AS Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain.

The Portuguese international directly contributed to six goals in 24 appearances as Nice finished third. His performances have attracted the attention of several of Europe’s biggest clubs, putting Spurs’ chances of signing him in doubt.

As well as interest from Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund – reported by the Telegraph – PSG are said to be eyeing the versatile defender. The French giants would arguably be favourites to get their man, having recently appointed Porto’s ex-sporting director, Antero Henrique, and considering the significant financial resources of the club.

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Tottenham’s strict wage structure should not hold them back initially, considering the lower value contracts in Portugal, but if they enter a head-to-head with one of the aforementioned clubs for Pereira’s signature, it is difficult to see them coming out on top.

Should Spurs be successful, they will gain a flexible full-back, capable of playing in defence, on the wing, and switching to the left flank. In that regard, he is an ideal Pochettino utility player. Securing him for just half of the expected Walker fee would be positive business, particularly as they only require a rotation option for Trippier.

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Abdoulaye Doucoure could be the ideal successor for Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele

The France Under-21 international has enjoyed a fine season.

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Watford‘s Abdoulaye Doucoure has enjoyed an impressive season at Vicarage Road and the versatile midfielder could prove to be an ideal signing for Tottenham Hotspur this summer.

According to the Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino is ready to listen to offers for the likes of Mousa Dembele, Toby Alderweireld, Danny Rose and Moussa Sissoko.

Dembele was one of the names shortlisted and has been a revelation in his six years at the club.

Many Spurs players, including Dele Alli, Danny Rose and Eric Dier stated in Soccer AM interviews that they believe the 30-year-old midfielder to be the best player at the club.

However, Dembele is one of the stars linked with a departure from the Lilywhites so a replacement for the Belgian will be a vital priority for Pochettino this summer. Doucoure could be the perfect man for the job.

The 25-year-old has been the Hornets’ stand-out player this season and has consistently demonstrated that he is capable of playing at the highest level.

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Usually a holding midfielder, he is best known for his intricate array of passing in the middle of the park and his ability to break up play.

These traits match the qualities Dembele possesses and, therefore, he would prove a smart signing for Spurs.

The Frenchman also boasts an impressive tally in front of goal with seven goals and four assists in the league this season.

According to The Sun, Doucoure has been a previous target for Spurs, and the potential departure of Dembele gives Pochettino a greater incentive to find a replacement for the Belgium midfielder.

The France Under-21 international has two years remaining on his contract at Vicarage Road and is valued at £40 million.

The midfielder has been a goalscoring threat in a Watford side that has struggled to find consistency all season.

A move to one of the top-six would allow Doucoure to take his qualities to the next level and should definitely be a name the Lilywhites are monitoring over the summer period.

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After injury-stricken season, new Tottenham contract offers hope for Harry Winks

The 22-year-old put pen to paper on a new deal at White Hart Lane.

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This week began with deflating news for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks.

On Wednesday, England’s World Cup squad was announced, with Winks missing out due to injury – a saddening sight as many believed he would have been a key player if fully fit.

But, just a day later, the 22-year-old was handed a massive boost when he signed a new five-year contract for Spurs.

The deal offers much-needed hope to a player who has endured a horrid 12 months, revealing that Mauricio Pochettino firmly believes in the central midfielder despite his recent injury woes.

Winks’ heartbreak began on 1 April 2017, when the youngster was stretchered off before half-time in Tottenham’s clash away at Burnley.

The right ankle injury ruled out Winks for the closing stages of the 2016/17 campaign, and the Englishman hoped to return rejuvenated for the following season.

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Initially, it seemed as the creative midfielder had overcome the ankle pain, as Winks starred in a  number of Spurs’ high-profile matches in the fall.

Impressing in Tottenham’s famous Champions League wins over Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund, he was rewarded with an England call-up in October.

Yet, in a league match against Palace the following month, he was forced off at half-time due to a recurrence of the ankle injury.

After that point, Winks’ season was never the same. Limited to just a handful of FA Cup appearances in 2018, Winks last played in the Premier League on Boxing Day.

The midfielder is now set to undergo ankle surgery this week, hoping that next season he can finally start anew and recapture his top form.

Now that Winks has a stable long-term future at the club, his rehabilitation process will be filled with far less stress and apprehension.

Mauricio Pochettino views the 22-year-old as integral to his future plans at White Hart Lane, and the boost of an extended contract is brilliant news for the England international’s fledgling career.

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How Twitter reacted to Tottenham being linked with the next Andres Iniesta

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Few Tottenham fans may have been aware of Barcelona starlet Riqui Puig a little over 24 hours ago, but now he is the name on many Spurs fans’ lips.

Spanish newspaper SPORT say that the London club are in pole position to seal a deal for the teenager when his contract expires this summer, with Mauricio Pochettino among his chief admirers at the club.

An attacking minded playmaker in central midfield, Puig has been compared to Andres Iniesta and Philippe Coutinho for his ability to transition play from defence to attack.

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As soon as news of Tottenham’s reported interest broke, fans took to Twitter to express their lack of knowledge of his skills or, alternatively, show off what they did know.

Perhaps unsurprisingly as one of La Masia’s top talents, Barcelona fans also reacted to the news with outrage and fury at what they perceived to be mismanagement of one of the brightest talents to come through the ranks at Camp Nou in a decade.

He may be young and lack the huge transfer fee of other players being linked with the Lilywhites this summer, but Puig has certainly got Tottenham fans excited.

Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:

The highlights reel was already making an appearance…

Yet some had other concerns…

And some confessed that they didn’t have a clue…

Whilst others pretended they did…

And experts had their say…

And Barcelona fans certainly weren’t happy…

 

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