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Tottenham Hotspur news round-up: Alderweireld deadlock, Zaha too expensive and Trippier not for sale

The latest news and gossip from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur.

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Toby deadlock

A deal that would see Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld head to Manchester United has hit deadlock, according to the London Evening Standard.

The report claims that Spurs want in excess of £55 million for the Belgian defender this summer. United thought such a fee would be enough to secure a move, but Daniel Levy is pressing for more money.

The Spurs star will receive a massive salary increase on his current £120,000-a-week deal. The length of the contract is said to be five years.

United boss Jose Mourinho is still confident a deal can be done, but may need to throw Anthony Martial into any transfer negotiations to get it over the line.

Zaha too pricey

Tottenham are on the verge of ending their interest in Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha, as they will not pay the asking price for the player.

The Eagles are not going to budge on a massive £70 million price-tag on the Ivory Coast winger, according to Standard Sport.

(during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and West Bromwich Albion at Selhurst Park on May 13, 2018 in London, England.

They report that he is considered in the same bracket as Riyad Mahrez, who could be on his way to Manchester City for £75 million.

Tottenham have earmarked Zaha as a potential target to take them to the next level. But it seems he is simply too costly for a deal to go through.

Trippier going nowhere

Napoli are interested in signing Tottenham right-back Kieran Trippier this summer. The Italian side have been impressed by the defender during recent performances for club and country.

However, the Standard report that he is not for sale and will sign a new deal worth more than his current £50,000-a-week salary.

Trippier has been brilliant since stepping in for Kyle Walker, who left for Manchester City last summer.

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  1. Swindon Spurs

    June 7, 2018 at 10:19 pm

    I think Trippier has been decent, but isn’t as dynamic as Kyle Walker. You say Toby Alderweireld is on £120k a week now. I think you mean £50k.

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Tottenham have perfect chance to finally sign Moussa Dembele this summer

The Celtic star could be on his way out of the club this summer.

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There was a point when it appeared Tottenham Hotspur might have both the Belgian maestro Mousa Dembele and French hotshot Moussa Dembele at White Hart Lane together.

Spurs fought hard to sign the talented French striker from Fulham in the winter of 2016. The Guardian reported that a deal was done for the player.

His contract expiring in the summer, the Lilywhites had agreed a £6 million fee with the Cottagers and Dembele was on his way. That was, until the club insisted he would not be loaned back to Craven Cottage for the rest of the season.

Despite agreeing personal terms and passing a medical, Fulham pulled the plug.

But whilst the Belgian midfielder could be leaving Spurs this summer, do they have a chance to maintain a namesake in North London?

It appears as though Dembele’s days at his currrent club Celtic could be numbered.

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Despite scoring 32 goals in his debut season in Scotland last season saw Dembele battle a hamstring problem and he found the net just 16 times. That is, of course, still a good tally, but considering his excellent debut campaign is perhaps slightly underwhelming.

Now it seems he could leave, with Borussia Dortmund reportedly keen. Celtic have just spent big to sign his countryman Odsonne Edouard from PSG and with Leigh Griffiths also present the Scottish side would be right to consider selling him at the right price.  

Tottenham missed out on a technicality just two-and-half years ago. Since then, Dembele has scored an impressive 48 goals and at just 21 is still a player in the making.

Spurs could finally get their man this summer and should surely be in the race for Dembele’s signature.

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Tottenham should target Uruguayan hero Jose Gimenez

Despite recently signing a new long-term deal, the Atletico Madrid defender would be worth pursuing.

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In the first match of Friday’s World Cup action, Uruguayan centre-back Jose Gimenez headed home a late winner to hand his country their first opening-match win in the competition since 1970.

Only 23 years of age and already a mainstay in Atletico Madrid’s famously watertight defence, Gimenez would be an astute solution to Tottenham’s centre-half problem.

Toby Alderweireld has provided Spurs supporters with a gluttony of transfer headaches over the past months, and seems destined to be on his way out of White Hart Lane this summer.

Yet, even in the unlikely situation that the Belgian international remains in north London this summer, Alderweireld is 29 and does not present a long-term option at the back for Tottenham.

Gimenez would be a brilliant replacement for the wantaway Belgian, adding a physical presence at the back along with commanding heading skills and a knack for scoring crucial goals.

Although Gimenez signed a new, five-year contract at Atletico Madrid just last week, the allure of the Premier League could be enough to tempt him to Tottenham.

In addition, signing players fresh off long-term contracts is nothing new for Spurs – Dávinson Sanchez signed last summer just one year after agreeing to a five-year deal at Ajax.

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The Uruguayan has an impeccable international pedigree, having already amassed over 40 caps for his country while scoring six goals en route – the most recent coming in stunning circumstances against Egypt.

Gimenez made his debut at the 2014 World Cup at just 19, becoming the youngest debutant in Uruguay’s history.

His record at club level is also worthy of praise, as the centre-half featured in a remarkable 38 matches for Atletico in all competitions last campaign.

Twenty-three came in the league, as well as 11 in European action, illustrating Gimenez is a player who possesses top-class experience at the highest level of football at a tender age.

As Mauricio Pochettino is well-known for his excellent development of young talent, as shown by the progress Davinson Sanchez has made this year, Gimenez would be an ideal addition to the Tottenham squad.

An all South American centre-back pairing of the Colombian Sanchez and the Uruguayan Gimenez is an enticing proposition, all managed by the astute Argentine Pochettino.

Tottenham Hotspur would do well to acquire the services of Jose Gimenez after the World Cup, as the young centre-back could be an ideal long-term answer to Spurs’ defensive needs.

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Daniel Levy ready to do battle with old foe Jean-Michel Aulas in £35m transfer chase

Tottenham Hotspur’s chairman has previous with his Lyon counterpart.

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Tottenham Hotspur are on the hunt for new players this summer and one who has seemingly fit the bill is Lyon star Tanguy Ndombele. According to L’Equipe, the 21-year-old star is wanted in a €40 million (£35 million) deal this summer. The young midfield general spent the season on loan at Lyon from Amiens. They have a £7 million option to sign him permanently and will then consider moving him on at great profit.

It would be a great addition for Spurs but in order to bring him in they will need to get by Lyon’s hardball president Jean-Michel Aulas.

He and Daniel Levy have previous.

Back in 2012 Tottenham were leading the chase to sign Hugo Lloris. His contract at Lyon had just 12 months to run and Spurs were looking to capitalise by bringing him in on the cheap.

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It was a long and protracted negotiation which saw the two clubs fall out. Aulas was furious with Levy and, as quoted by The Independent, stated the negotiations were the hardest he had faced in his 25 years in football.

There has been a thaw in those relations since. Spurs signed Clinton Njie in 2015 and Aulas thanked Levy for being consistent in his approach for the player, as reported by the IB Times.

But even then there was a tinge of irony based on their previous interaction.

There is already talk that Lyon want a figure closer to €60 million (£52.5 million) for the midfield dynamo, suggesting Levy and Aulas might have to go hammer and tong once again.

When these two tough negotiators get together, it is rarely straightforward. So prepare for Tottenham to spend all summer being linked with the 21-year-old powerhouse.

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