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Tottenham round-up: Bournemouth’s Joshua King targeted; Kyle Walker fall-out latest; praise for Victor Wanyama

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Tottenham round-up: Bournemouth’s Joshua King targeted; Kyle Walker fall-out latest; praise for Victor Wanyama

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino could be set to make a surprise move for Bournemouth sensation Joshua King this summer according to reports in The Sun.

King has been in impressive goal-scoring form (12) since the turn of the year – only Harry Kane and Everton’s Romelu Lukaku have scored more in 2017 – and it has reportedly put Spurs on red alert.

The Norwegian, once of Manchester United, has put in a string of prolific displays in recent months and has impressed Tottenham manager Pochettino with his pure pace and willingness to work hard.

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With Vincent Janssen struggling to assert himself at White Hart Lane as the main back-up to Harry Kane, the Argentine could be tempted to dip into the market and acquire a striker this summer.

Speaking last week about the prospect of losing King, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe said:

“I’m sure there’s people taking notice and writing his name down. His form has been very good.”

A late goal in the victory over Sunderland last weekend secured the North-East side’s relegation to the Championship, and took the 25-year-old’s tally to 15 goals in 34 Premier League matches.

One player who looks set to be on his way out of London over the next few months is defender Kyle Walker, and The Sun have reported that the dispute with manager Pochettino is ‘almost untenable’.

New reports on the saga allege that the Tottenham right-back wasn’t given a reason for being dropped for both the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Chelsea or the North London derby last weekend.

The 26-year-old has only started one of Spurs’ last three matches, being alternated with Kieran Trippier instead, and it is believed that tensions are growing ahead of a move away from the club.

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Despite signing a new five-year deal back in September worth £65,000-a-week, rumours have been gaining momentum that Manchester City are interested in signing the defender this summer.

With Trippier set to sign a new contract according to ESPN, the door is seemingly open for Walker to move to Spurs’ Premier League rivals in a deal that could be worth up to a potential £50 million.

Aside from speculation, ahead of their upcoming London derby on Friday evening West Ham defender Jose Fonte has praised Spurs midfielder Victor Wanyama.

The two sides meet at London Stadium in a match where Tottenham could close the gap on leaders Chelsea to just one point, and Fonte has labelled Wanyama as one of the Premier League’s best.

The two played together during their time at Southampton a few years ago and the West Ham man has warned his side that they face a ‘tough test’ against a rampant visiting side.

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Speaking on West Ham’s official website, he said:

“[Toby] Alderweireld is a great player and we had a great season together [in 2014-15], while [Victor] Wanyama is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, so what can you say?

“It’s going to be tough, but we’re in a good place now and we look forward to the challenge and we want to give the fans something to be proud of.”

The visitors will be looking to win their tenth successive league match when they take the short trip across the capital to the Hammers, who are still not mathematically assured of survival yet.

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