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Tottenham: Chelsea chase England star; N’Koudou latest; full-back’s future plans


Tottenham: Chelsea chase England star; N’Koudou latest; full-back’s future plans

Reports in the Daily Mirror this morning claim that Tottenham Hotspur are set to reward England full-back Danny Rose with a new contract in order to stave off interest from Manchester City and Chelsea.

The 26-year-old was hugely impressive for Spurs last campaign and built on his burgeoning reputation this summer by becoming one of few England players to come out of Euro 2016 with any credit. Unsurprisingly, Rose’s performances have caught the attention of other clubs but Spurs are determined to keep him ahead of the upcoming campaign.

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The club’s owner, Daniel Levy, is apparently willing to offer Rose a significant improvement on his current £35,000-per-week agreement, which has another three years remaining. The news comes just a week after reports that Eric Dier has also been offered a new contract at White Hart Lane and shows that Spurs are doing their best to tie down their best players after qualifying for this season’s Champions League.

Rose is currently Tottenham’s longest-serving player having joined the club from Leeds United in 2007. Following a number of loan spells, he consolidated his spot in the side three years ago and hasn’t looked back since, excelling in particular under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.

Meanwhile, Spurs have apparently struck a deal with Marseille to sign winger Georges-Kevin N’Koudou, according to Sky Sources in France. The fee for the 21-year-old is believed to be in the region of £10.9 million, and should be completed once a number of details have been tied up.

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N’Koudou reportedly underwent a medical with the North London club last week and would become Spurs’ third summer signing following the arrivals of Victor Wanyama and Vincent Janssen.

The player joined Marseille 12 months ago for £1 million from Nantes and scored five goals in 28 Ligue 1 games last season. His performances saw him finish joint-30th in UEFA’s Best Player in Europe poll, and have attracted interest from around Europe, but it now appears as though Spurs have won the race for his signature.

Spurs winger Clinton N’Jie is expected to complete a season-long loan in the opposite direction after a disappointing season following a £14 million move from Lyon last summer.

Finally, after rumoured interest from Southampton this week, the London Evening Standard is reporting that Spurs full-back Kieran Trippier has claimed he has no intention of leaving White Hart Lane any time soon.

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The 25-year-old joined the club from Burnley last summer but only made six Premier League appearances in 2015/16 and was subsequently linked with a move away from the club earlier in the week. Tripper has now distanced himself from the speculation by stating that he plans to stay and compete with Kyle Walker for a spot in the starting eleven.

“I don’t know where this came from. It has not come from me,” Trippier told reporters following Spurs’ 2-1 friendly defeat to Juventus on Tuesday. “I am really happy at Tottenham. We have great lads, a great manager and great staff all around the place and I am not thinking of leaving.”

The news will come as a huge boost to Pochettino as he plans for the upcoming season. Trippier provides fantastic competition at right-back and with the additional burden of Champions League games this season, he is likely to be afforded more of an opportunity to stake his place in the side than he was last term.

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