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Tottenham Hotspur must swoop for Jann-Fiete Arp after Hamburg relegation

The German could be the perfect option for Spurs after Hamburg’s relegation.

Mathew Nash

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Hamburg’s status as ‘the dinosaur’ of the Bundesliga is over as they suffered their first relegation from the Bundesliga in their history this week. After years of great escapes, HSV finally succumbed, dropping into 2.Bundesliga for the first time. The result is bound to be a raid on the club for some of their better players, as, despite their poor form, the club still have some talented footballers.

One such player is striker Jann-Fiete Arp. The 18-year-old striker is considered one of the best young frontmen in world football. His incredible form with the German under-17 side, with whom he has scored 18 goals in 19 international appearances soon saw him in the Hamburg first-team. It also saw him attract interest from the Premier League, including from Tottenham Hotspur.

(during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United at Wembley Stadium on May 9, 2018 in London, England.

Tottenham are on the hunt for a decent backup option to Harry Kane after both Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen failed to pick up the baton when asked. Considering that the tall and powerful German teenager has been styled as ‘Germany’s answer to Harry Kane’ it is easy to see why Tottenham have been linked.

So relegation will be welcomed by Spurs and any other team interested in signing the teen sensation.

Arp is believed to be wanted by a heap of clubs from around Europe and, as reported by Bild, Bayern Munich are keen on the player.

But Spurs have also been mentioned as interested and Hamburg’s relegation should give them the confidence of securing a deal.

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The teenager would relish the opportunity to come and play in the Premier League. Arp was rumoured for a long time to be on the cusp of receiving a new deal at Hamburg, with a relegation clause inserted. But he has not signed any new deal and is now out of contract at the club in a year. With that in mind, the struggling German side will surely have to sell their prized talent this summer.

Tottenham must ensure they are in the reckoning for his signature. Bayern look to be the favourites but if a player tipped to be as damaging in front of goal as Harry Kane is available, Spurs will surely be making a move.

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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.

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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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