Tottenham round-up: Alderweireld contract dispute; Janssen to ‘quit’; ex-England striker on title chances

Just weeks after Danny Rose went public in an interview with The Sun over contract issues at Tottenham, fellow defender Toby Alderweireld has become the second player to show concern.

The Belgian defender’s agent has cast a shadow of doubt over his future in north London in an interview with Belgian news outlet Het Nieuwsblad, claiming that ‘seven or eight’ sides want him.

In the interview, as referenced by the Telegraph and ESPN, Stijn Francis said:

“Toby is always good. Even after his injury he recovered well. Tottenham’s statistics fell sharply during his absence. If you only look at his figures, Toby is impressive and for his performances, he deserves either a correct contract from Tottenham or a transfer.

“For a transfer, you know that he can only leave Tottenham for seven or eight teams and almost all the other top clubs are interested in Toby.”

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And the report in the Telegraph goes on to say that talks between the player and club over a new contract have stalled, with Manchester City and Chelsea monitoring the ongoing situation closely.

Alderweireld’s current contract at White Hart Lane – worth £50,000-per week – is until 2019, with Spurs having the option to extend by a year, but this would bring about a £25million release clause.

Meanwhile, reports coming from Holland believe that the future of Tottenham striker Vincent Janssen lies away from north London, with the 23-year-old set to try and force a move away in January.

Premier League rivals West Brom and Brighton both made moves for the Dutch international during deadline day – with the Baggies offering £23 million – but Janssen is believed to have turned it down.

De Telegraaf claim that he was too focused on his international duties with Holland to think about moving away, with Janssen also thinking he could work his way back into the picture at Tottenham.

However, the £12.1 million arrival of Fernando Llorente on deadline day has put paid to any chance of Janssen getting first-team football, and chairman Daniel Levy is now preparing to cash in on him in the winter.

Lastly, ex-Manchester United player Andy Cole has claimed that he expects Tottenham to be serious contenders for the Premier League title this season – but only if they can rectify their Wembley form.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men have struggled in the opening two ‘home’ matches of the season following their temporary move from White Hart Lane, falling to a late defeat against arch-rivals Chelsea before being pegged back even later against Burnley as they were held to a stalemate.

Speaking yesterday, the Evening Standard relays that Cole said:

“Everybody can buy players of a certain ilk, and pay the wages, and pay the transfer fees. You look at the Premier League and everyone says, ‘I’m not sure about that result’.

“If you look at, for instance, Manchester City the other day struggled against Bournemouth and they nicked a last-minute winner. We play Swansea and we [Manchester United] got three late goals, so you just don’t know.

“Liverpool will be involved, Tottenham will be involved if they overcome the Wembley hoodoo. It’s exciting for the neutral.”

Tottenham will have the opportunity to record their first victory since the opening weekend of the season when they travel to Goodison Park to face a new-look Everton outfit on Saturday afternoon.

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