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Tottenham should demand Sami Khedira in any deal for Mousa Dembele

Tottenham cannot afford to let Mousa Dembele leave without a direct replacement.

Jamie Watts

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Tottenham Hotspur‘s midfield enforcer Mousa Dembele looks increasingly likely to be departing north London this summer, with a number of suitors from Serie A said to be readying swoops for the player’s services.

Inter Milan were touted as favourites to land his signature, by Gazzetta dello Sport this week, but it now appears reigning champions Juventus are keen on bringing him to Turin next term (Sky Sports).

Mauricio Pochettino would never consider letting the player he once described as a “genius” leave the club under normal circumstances, but the 30-year-old is said to have expressed concerns over his ability to continue matching the physical demands of the Premier League, after frequent issues with injury, according to the Telegraph.

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The Argentine could very well find his hands tied, as it’s a hard issue to navigate through, but he would be foolish to offload a player of Dembele’s immense influence without having a direct replacement in the wings, and the man they’re looking for could very well reside at Juventus.

Sami Khedira should be demanded in any deal for the big Belgian, as Spurs simply cannot afford to take backwards steps in the quest for silverware next season, and the German international would represent a shrewd bit of business.

Juventus are looking to offload ageing players this summer and would likely comply with the terms if Spurs were to put their foot down. They are also expecting the imminent arrival of long-spanning target Emre Can from Liverpool to bolster the midfield for the foreseeable future.

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Khedira is certainly capable of filling the void left by Dembele, as he models his game around similar principles in midfield. Not only that but his experience is massive – having previously performed at the highest level for the likes of Real Madrid, while also winning the World Cup with the national team.

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Some West Ham fans want Andriy Yarmolenko to start v Arsenal

The Ukrainian winger has been used as a substitute so far this season.

Mathew Nash

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West Ham United’s start to the Premier League season has not exactly gone to plan. After an impressive summer of spending and appointing Manuel Pellegrini as manager, big things are expected at the London Stadium.

However, an opening day defeat to Liverpool might have been tolerated, the loss to Bournemouth will not. The Cherries won 2-1 in London yesterday as West Ham struggled to get into any sort of rhythm.

It led to plenty of criticism of the team selection online. West Ham fans would like to see new signings Issa Diop and Lucas Perez get a chance. Others would also like to see Mark Noble dropped.

But the most common theme revolves around their Ukrainian winger.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – AUGUST 12: Andriy Yarmolenko of West Ham United during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and West Ham United at Anfield on August 12, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Plenty of West Ham fans would like to see Andriy Yarmolenko given a chance in the West Ham starting XI next weekend.

The Hammers paid Borussia Dortmund £22 million for the player this summer. It looks a great signing, considering his previous form with the Ukrainian national team and Dynamo Kiev.

But hip trouble has been bothering him, leaving him behind Robert Snodgrass, Michail Antonio and Felipe Anderson in the pecking order.

But with West Ham struggling, many fans on Twitter are calling for the 28-year-old to be moved into the starting XI for the clash with Arsenal next week…

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One winner, one loser as Tottenham defeat Fulham at Wembley

Spurs followed up last week’s win at Newcastle with a first win on home soil.

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Tottenham Hotspur made it two wins from as many games on Saturday afternoon as they beat newly-promoted Fulham by three goals to one at their temporary home, Wembley.

Spurs were led to victory with three well-taken strikes from Lucas Moura, Kieran Trippier and Harry Kane, who netted for the very first time in his career during the month of August.

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino was left frustrated in his attempts to sign new recruits during the summer but his team’s start to the 2018/19 campaign will have undoubtedly delighted the boss.

Following the London-derby with the Cottagers, The Boot Room looked at one winner and one loser from the contest…

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Winner – Mauricio Pochettino

The Spurs manager will have been delighted with his charges who went about their business in typically emphatic fashion. Given the uncertainty surrounding the club’s new home this past week it was vital that Spurs put on a performance to put a smile back on the faces of the club’s supporters.

Pochettino has worked wonders in North London and although no new recruits were added during the summer, it still seems quite obvious that Spurs will be up there challenging for the top four again this season.

The 46-year-old boss got his subs absolutely spot on against Fulham with Erik Lamela providing the assist that saw Harry Kane notch his first every goal in August.

Loser – Danny Rose

Ben Davies once again got the nod at left wing-back to intensify the speculation surrounding the future of England man Danny Rose, who was an unused sub on Saturday.

According to the Daily Express, Rose is a target for French giants Paris Saint Germain this summer and, given the first two games of the season, it seems as though the 28-year-old is not likely to figure a great deal for the foreseeable future.

Rose was a peripheral figure for Gareth Southgate during the World Cup and it appears that he will now be on the fringes at Spurs – provided, of course, he is still with the Londoners come the end of the month.

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Early signs from James Maddison suggest Tottenham targeted the wrong man

The talented playmaker has impressed early on for Leicester City, but Tottenham tried for Jack Grealish.

Mathew Nash

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This summer, Norwich City midfield maestro James Maddison seemed destined for a Carrow Road exit.

Tottenham Hotspur were one team heavily linked with a move for the player. As reported by The Mirror, Spurs were reportedly all set to meet the player’s £25 million price-tag in order to bring him in.

However, it soon appeared that Tottenham had set their sights on a different Championship playmaker. Jack Grealish became the object of Spurs’ affection this summer. A £25 million for the Aston Villa man was rejected on deadline day and Tottenham ended the summer without buying a single player.

Judging from the early evidence, they might have made a mistake in not going for the new Leicester City man.

The Foxes tied up a £22 million deal for the player in mid-June. His start to the season has certainly suggested he was worth the money. Maddison impressed in Leicester’s opening day defeat to Manchester United. Then, yesterday, he had the home fans at the King Power extremely thankful for an excellent display v Wolves. He capped it off with a first goal for his new club.

The early signs are Maddison will be a Premier League hit. Tottenham Hotspur must wonder if in targeting Grealish, they went for the wrong Championship playmaker.

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