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Sold for just £260k Tottenham Hotspur should consider re-signing Milos Veljkovic

The Werder Bremen defender has been in great form since his switch to the Bundesliga.

Mathew Nash

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Werder Bremen further eased their relegation fears this week, by beating bottom side Koln 3-1 at the Weser Stadion. The man who opened the scoring will no doubt be known to Tottenham Hotspur fans. Milos Veljkovic got the ball rolling in the win with his first ever league goal.

The Serbian has certainly gone on to be the hit Tottenham once hoped he might be for them.

Macedonia’s midfielder Enis Bardi (C) and Serbia’s defender Milos Veljkovic (R) vie for the ball during the UEFA U-21 European Championship Group B football match Serbia v FYR Macedonia in Bydgoszcz, Poland on June 20, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / ROMAN BOSIACKI (Photo credit should read ROMAN BOSIACKI/AFP/Getty Images)

It never happened for Veljkovic at Spurs. He made just two Premier League appearances for Spurs during his time at the club, whilst also spending time out on loan at Charlton Athletic and Middlesbrough. With first-team chances unlikely he left in February 2016. Veljkovic joined the Bundesliga side for a fee reported by Kicker to be in the region of €300,000 (£260,000) in hope of playing more regular first-team football.

After an initial settling in stage the centre-back, who can also play in holding midfield, has become an integral part of the Werder Bremen side.

He is clearly held in high esteem. Werder’s sporting director Frank Baumann recently told Deich Stube that he wanted to tie Veljkovic down to a longer contract:

“I have a legitimate hope that we can convince Milos of another future at Werder.”

Bremen’s Finnish defender Niklas Moisander, Bremen’s goalkeeper Felix Wiedwald and Bremen’s Serbian defender Milos Veljkovic celebrate after the German First division Bundesliga football match Werder Bremen vs RB Leipzig in Bremen, northern Germany, on March 18, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / JOERG SARBACH / RESTRICTIONS: DURING MATCH TIME: DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH AND FORBID IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO. == RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE == FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050 (Photo credit should read JOERG SARBACH/AFP/Getty Images)

The 22-year-old now looks set to head to the World Cup with Serbia this summer. Along with his excellent Bundesliga form it appears Tottenham might regret letting the versatile defender leave two years ago.

Tottenham’s development of young players has been impressive in recent years but not every talent they have can make it into the first-team. Unfortunately Veljkovic simply did not make the grade during his time at White Hart Lane.

But if he can continue to improve and with his contract expiring next summer who knows? Maybe Tottenham could bring the Bundesliga star back to North London one day soon.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Striker offload, Martial U-turn and Vertonghen wanted

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Striker offload

Tottenham Hotspur are stepping up their attempts to remove Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente from the club.

The London Evening Standard is reporting that Tottenham are hoping to raise as much as £30 million in fees by selling the two striker flops.

Spurs signed Dutch international Vincent Janssen in the summer of 2016 but he failed to have an impact and spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce. Llorente arrived as his replacement from Swansea but also struggled.

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Martial u-turn

Tottenham target Anthony Martial will now be allowed to leave Manchester United, according to reports.

The Guardian claim that United manager Jose Mourinho has performed a U-turn and wants the unhappy Frenchman sold this summer.

Tottenham have previously been keen but United want £80 million and would rather sell to foreign parties Bayern Munich or PSG.

Vertonghen wanted

PSG are keen on Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen. As reported by Les Parisien the French champions are looking to bring in a new central defender this summer who can also play in other roles.

The Belgian is the perfect option but Tottenham would seem very unlikely to sell. Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger is also on their list.

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Everton round-up: Richarlison medical, Digne price-tag, Klaassen bid

All the latest news and gossip from Everton.

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Richarlison medical

Richarlison has completed his medical at Everton and is set to join on a £50 million deal from Watford in the next 24 hours.

Marco Silva worked with the Brazilian last season and was keen to reunite with him this summer.

An initial fee of £35 million is set to be paid for the player but clauses will take the overall price-tag nearer to £50 million.

That will make it a club record, ahead of last summer’s £45 million signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson.

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Digne price

There have been conflicting reports today in Spain regarding recent reports in England over Lucas Digne. The Mirror recently claimed Everton had agreed a £22 million fee for the French international.

However, that does not appear to be the case.

According to Sport, Everton have offered Barcelona just €10 million (£8.9m) for the player, with Barcelona wanting €16 million (£14.3m).

Everton currently have a delegation in Spain trying to thrash out a deal for the left-back.

Klaassen wanted

German side Werder Bremen want Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen. Kreiszeitung are reporting that the Bundesliga side are hopeful of signing the former Ajax captain in a £11.6 million deal this summer.

That would be a huge £12 million reduction on the £23.6 million Everton paid Ajax for the player last summer.

Klaassen failed to find his form at Everton and is expected to depart this summer.

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Jose Mourinho interest should spring Tottenham into Harry Maguire action, using Toby Alderweireld

Tottenham would be better off losing the Belgian now and bringing in England’s World Cup star.

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Manchester United are the latest team being linked with a move for Leicester City defender Harry Maguire. According to The Telegraph, Jose Mourinho is a big fan of the England World Cup hero and is readying a move.

Any deal would cost in excess of £50 million. The Mirror suggest he will cost £65 million and see the futures of Marcos Rojo. Chris Smalling, Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones jeopardised.

Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with Maguire this summer and this development should jolt them into action.

Spurs could have the upper hand in this race, as they have a player Mourinho may want even more than Maguire.

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United are known to be very keen on Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld. The 29-year-old’s contract stand-off with Spurs has seen him linked with an exit this summer. Tottenham are standing firm on any asking price. The latest reports suggested that fee was £75 million.

But, in the long run, allowing Alderweireld to go for cheaper could be a stroke of genius from Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

Alderweireld is a far more ‘Mourinho’ player and the Manchester United boss would surely prefer him to Maguire. If Levy and Spurs allow the Belgian to go at a cheaper price it would leave the path clear to lodge their own bid for Maguire.

Tottenham would be ridding themselves of a contract rebel who, despite his brilliance, is nearly five years older than the England hero. In return, they would get Maguire, who would suit their style of play perfectly – especially if Mauricio Pochettino decides on playing a back-three.

A little convoluted? Perhaps. However, this could end up being the best case scenario for Tottenham.

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