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Tom Glover returns from disappointing Australian loan spell

The Tottenham Hotspur youngster could not make a name for himself at Central Coast Mariners.

Mathew Nash

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There’s been a lot of talk about the goalkeeper position at Tottenham Hotspur recently. Hugo Lloris has been in poor form whilst Michel Vorm is out of contract in the summer and failed to take his chance against Manchester United at the weekend. With that in mind, the young stoppers at Tottenham will be wanting to impress in the weeks and months to come.

One such goalie is Tom Glover. The 20-year-old Australian has been with Spurs since 2014 and is considered a hot prospect in the goalkeeping position.

Last summer the decision was made for Glover to gain some more first-team football experience by heading back Down Under. The 6ft 3ins stopper, therefore, signed a deal with A-League side Central Coast Mariners until the end of the season.

(during the round four A-League match between the Central Coast Mariners and the Melbourne Victory at Central Coast Stadium on October 29, 2017 in Gosford, Australia.

This was supposed to be his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a star back in England. Unfortunately, the spell did not go as planned.

Glover has been sent back from Australia this week, as the Mariners season has come to an end. The Gosford based side failed to qualify for the end of season play-offs in Australia. In fact, they finished rock bottom of the league with just 20 points from 27 games.

(during the Barclays U21 Premier League match between Leicester City U21 and Tottenham Hotspurs U21 at The King Power Stadium on March 18, 2016 in Leicester, England.

The Tottenham star did not have a good personal campaign either. He failed to make a name for himself at the Mariners, as he could not force his way into the starting XI.

Ben Kennedy, another summer arrival, played as the number one for most of the campaign. Glover played just four times in the A-League and, at times, found himself the third-choice stopper behind Kennedy and Adam Pearce.

Glover’s poor campaign with the Mariners will have been a great personal learning curve, but in regards to a future at Tottenham, it appears damning.

Glover signed a new deal with Spurs in 2015 but that contract expires in the summer. Given he could not find his way into the starting XI of the A-League’s worst team this season, it is highly unlikely Tottenham will see him as a future starter in North London.

It might be that Glover has to find a new team this summer.

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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.

(<> at Levi’s Stadium on July 22, 2018 in Santa Clara, California.

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.

(Photo credit should read PAU BARRENA/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

(Photo credit should read PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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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