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Tottenham agree personal terms for PSG’s Serge Aurier – will the deal get done?

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Paris Saint Germain’s Serge Aurier is a man in demand.

The Ivory Coast full-back, who has been linked prominently with moves to Manchester United and Chelsea during the last month, is now reported by French newspaper L’Equipe to be on the verge of agreeing on a switch to Tottenham Hotspur.

With a deal reportedly “95% agreed” between team and player, could Aurier be Tottenham’s first signing of the summer and will Chelsea miss out on another potential target?

What do we know so far?

Aurier was first linked with a move to Tottenham back in June, when the Mirror reported that the club were lining up the 24-year old as a potential replacement for the departing Kyle Walker.

Despite having two years left on his contract and being offered a new deal by PSG, the Ivory Coast international has made it clear that he is keen to explore his options abroad and in the Premier League. Aurier certainly endured a difficult season in 2016/17, having been convicted of acting violently towards police during an incident in September.

The right-back recently appealed his conviction and two-month prison sentence, and this is a situation that his suitors have been monitoring closely.

Tottenham appear to be the first to make a decisive move, with a broad agreement having been reached over the terms of a five-year contract. Once the final details have been confirmed, it is thought that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will negotiate directly with PSG and look to complete the deal for a fee in the region of 25 million euros.

How likely is a deal?

Despite the reports, the transfer of Aurier to Tottenham is still far from assured. After all, Gianluca Di Marzio has suggested that Frenchman has agreed to join Inter Milan, while Goal ran a story last week claiming that United had also thrashed out a contract with the Frenchman.

Even with Aurier thought to prefer a move to the Premier League, there remains a potential issue with his work permit following his conviction. Remember, he was denied entry into the UK in November when PSG travelled to the Emirates to take on Arsenal in the Champions League, and there is no guarantee that this will be overturned prior to the end of the transfer window.

So even if Tottenham can finalise personal terms with the player and agree a fee with PSG, the prospect of a new, signing being forced to spend two months of the season in jail is one that the club cannot ignore entirely.

It seems that not a day goes by without Serge Aurier either being linked with a club or reported to have agreed personal terms with a potential suitor. This makes it hard to determine the likelihood of a potential deal, but Tottenham certainly seem to be in pole position to secure his signature.

This is definitely a space to watch in the days to come, particularly as the decision of Spurs to roll the dice may force others to make their move.

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Alireza Jahanbakhsh perfect alternative to Malcom if Tottenham miss out

The Iran international scored 22 league goals last season.

Liam Thomas



Alireza Jahanbakhsh
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Tottenham Hotspur are edging closer to signing Brazilian starlet Malcom from Bordeaux with the 21-year-old keen to make the switch from Ligue 1 to the Premier League, according to The Sun.

However, despite the apparent interest from Spurs, no formal bid has been made by the North London side and, considering the rife competition for the youngster’s signature from around Europe, other alternatives should be considered.

This is where Iranian World Cup star Alireza Jahanbakhsh comes into the mix. The talented 24-year-old forward could be the perfect alternative to Malcom if Spurs miss out on signing the Brazilian starlet.

You only have to look as far back as last season to see the quality Jahanbakhsh possesses. Plying his trade in the Eredivisie with AZ Alkmaar the forward managed to notch up an impressive 22 goals and 14 assists in 39 appearances for the Dutch side.

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This killer instinct in front of goal is something Spurs have been craving to lift some of the pressure off of talisman Harry Kane’s shoulders in recent seasons.

Furthermore the Iranian international has to ability to play anywhere along the front three and is equally capable of playing with both feet, two traits which led to Spurs’ interest in Malcom in the first place.

However, despite the forwards fantastic record and undeniable talent, there will always be an element of risk when requiring a player from the Dutch top flight, with many players in the past failing to step up and settle into life in the Premier League.

Nevertheless, Jahanbakhsh’ World Cup performances for Iran proved he is more than capable of stepping up to play on the big stage. This is something Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should consider if they miss out on signing Malcom.

It remains to be seen whether or not Tottenham will land the signature of Bordeaux’s Malcom. However, if they don’t, Jahanbakhsh could prove to be a savvy bit of business and a cheaper alternative.

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Plenty of Tottenham fans react on Twitter to Dejan Lovren’s World Cup dismay

The Liverpool defender lost the World Cup final to France earlier today.

Mathew Nash



Dejan Lovren has somehow developed a troubled relationship with the fanbase of Tottenham Hotspur. It seemed to develop after he was torn apart by Harry Kane in October during Spurs’ 4-1 victory at Wembley.

That was the turning point in his Liverpool career and Lovren has been in much better form ever since that fateful day.

The World Cup started the debate once again.

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When England faced Croatia in the semi-finals Tottenham’s Kane struggled to get the better of the Liverpool man who put in a stellar performance.

It led Lovren to dub himself one of the best in the world and Tottenham fans were not fond of that statement, especially with Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld in their ranks.

Lovren did not have his best game today. France scored four goals as they won the World Cup. Lovren played average, but will not be pleased with how the game panned out.

Tottenham fans loved it. The result also meant their captain Hugo Lloris, who himself made a massive error in the game, lifted the World Cup for the first time.

It led many Tottenham fans to revel in the misery of their apparent rival…

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Gomes hopes, Lozano working on deal Lloris glory

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

Mathew Nash



Gomes wants Spurs

Barcelona midfielder Andre Gomes wants a move to Tottenham Hotspur this summer, according to Mundo Deportivo.

The report claims the 24-year-old is on his way out of Barcelona, after being dropped by Ernesto Valverde last season.

His preferred destination is said to be Tottenham, where he would relish the chance to work with Mauricio Pochettino.

However, it is not known if Tottenham hold a serious interest in the Portuguese international.

(Photo credit should read BENJAMIN CREMEL/AFP/Getty Images)

Lozano’s agent at work

Don Balon is reporting that Mexico winger Hirving Lozano has sent his agent to discuss a move to Tottenham.

The PSV Eindhoven attacker impressed at the World Cup and has been linked with a big move this summer.

The Mexican is, in fact, hopeful, according to the report, that the interest from Tottenham can spark a bidding war from Barcelona and Real Madrid.

World Cup glory

Tottenham have double the reason to celebrate on the final day of the World Cup. Their captain Hugo Lloris has won the World Cup with his nation France. Les Bleus defeated Croatia 4-2 in Moscow this evening to secure their second triumph. Lloris however, had a moment to forget, being tackled for Mario Mandzukic for Croatia’s second goal.

Harry Kane is now the Golden Boot winner. He scored six goals at the tournament and nobody from Croatia or France managed to catch him.

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