Despite the excitement of the title race dominating affairs at White Hart Lane at present, speculation regarding Mauricio Pochettino’s summer transfer business has gathered pace this week, with three more players on his wanted list thought to have been revealed.
Amongst these, two are based on the continent, with the Daily Mirror and The Sun claiming that Spurs are interested in signing Bayern Munich and Galatasaray wingers, Douglas Costa and Bruma, respectively.
With a return to the Champions League on the horizon, Spurs are hard at work identifying transfer targets to mould Pochettino’s squad into genuine domestic league and European contenders, and to this end they are thought to be interested in Bayern’s Brazilian winger Costa (who would be available for around £25million-£30million) and Bruma, who could set the North Londoners back as little as £9 million, to make the move from the Turk Telekom Arena.
26-year-old Costa is believed to be unsettled in Bavaria having clashed with his club over his current deal. He has started a mere 17 games this season and is thought to desire more first-team football, yet is under contract at the Allianz Arena until 2020.
Meanwhile, Galatasaray wide-man Bruma has netted five times and clocked up three assists in just 14 appearances for the Istanbul club this season, and may be available for a nominal fee with just a year to run on his contract, having spent a period out on loan at Spanish La Liga side Real Sociedad last season.
Summer-signing flops Moussa Sissoko and Georges-Kevin N’Koudou may well make way to provide funds for both signings, should Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy opt to pursue them.
The third target thought to be on Pochettino’s shopping list is far closer to home, with the Argentine thought to be keen for Keane. Burnley’s Michael Keane that is, one of the Premier League’s birghtest young defensive prospects, who made his senior England debut earlier in 2017.
The Telegraph claims that Spurs are one of a number of clubs targeting the young defender, with Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Everton all potential suitors, with Tottenham thought to be prepared to pay around £30million to prise the former Manchester United youngster away from Turf Moor.
The report sensationally claims, however, that if such a sale were to go ahead, it may give the green light for another of their international defenders, Eric Dier, to head in the opposite direction, with Manchester United a likely destination.
Utility-man Dier is thought to favour playing in midfield over his original centre-half position, and José Mourinho may offer that opportunity for the former Sporting Lisbon man at Old Trafford, with the Portuguese keen to source a long-term replacement for ageing defensive-midfielder, Michael Carrick.
Furthermore, the opportunity to feature in midfield alongside Ander Herrera and £89million world-record signing Paul Pogba, may be enough to turn the head of the young England international.
Mourinho is also thought to harbour an interest in Spurs target Keane, but Dier is thought to be more of a priority target, and the club may be willing to miss out on their former academy player, were it to pave the way for Dier to swap North London for Greater Manchester.
Elsewhere, surprise news has emerged from White Hart Lane, as Italian outlet Gianluca Di Marzio broke the news that Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld has turned down the club’s original offer of a new contract.
Alderweireld joined Spurs back in 2015 from Atlético Madrid following a loan spell with Southampton, where he worked with current Tottenham boss Pochettino. The 28-year-old has since gone on to make 103 appearances for the club, and remains under contract until 2020.
However, a £25million buy-out clause is included in the Belgium international’s current deal, and after the influential centre-half turned down an improved wage-package in exchange for phasing the clause out of his contract, some of Europe’s bigger clubs have turned a beady eye toward the unfolding saga at White Hart Lane, with Serie A giants Inter Milan thought to be keen on the defender.
Closer to home, Manchester United are another club believed to be amongst the list of potential suitors, whilst supporters of bitter North London rivals urged under-fire manager Arsene Wenger on social media to make an approach for the Belgian contract-rebel in the summer.
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Moroyin Omolabi released by Tottenham Hotspur one year after praise
The Nigerian defender briefly spent time on trial at Reading this year.
Nearly one year ago Tottenham Hotspur prospect Moroyin Omolabi was winning praise for his performances in the club’s youth teams.
After a win against Norwich City for the under-18s the Nigerian midfielder was given high praise by his manager John McDermott.
It came after he seamlessly dropped into a centre-back role for the game. Speaking to the official Tottenham Hotspur website after the game McDermott stated:
“Moroyin Omolabi, playing at centre-half, stood out against their front players who were very good.
“There were a lot of positives today and I was very proud of the way we played.”
It seemed that the 18-year-old might, therefore, be a player to keep tabs on for the Spurs first-team one day.
But despite impressing back in April of last year, it seems Omolabi has not progressed quite like Tottenham would have hoped.
In the most recent list of player registrations released by the FA the versatile teenager has been confirmed as released by Tottenham.
The 18-year-old left Spurs by mutual consent on the 27th February.
The teenager was a part of the UEFA Youth League squad for Spurs, but did not feature in a single game.
He played seven times in the Under-18 Premier League this campaign, scoring against West Ham back in October.
But after dropping out of contention at Spurs, the Nigerian spent time on trial at Reading – featuring in three games for the Berkshire club.
His final game for Tottenham appears to have been the 2-1 defeat against Fulham in October.
His failure to launch at Spurs just highlights the strength in depth Tottenham have in their youth ranks.
The teenager will now face a hunt for a new team in the summer, with his Tottenham days behind him.
It will be interesting to see if Reading follows up their interest in the player but Omolabi will now be on the hunt for a new team.
Hopefully, his education at Tottenham Hotspur will see him in good stead in his hunt for a professional career elsewhere.
Heung-min Son might be the only man who doesn’t want Gareth Bale return
The Welshman has been linked with a sensational return to Tottenham Hotspur.
This week has seen Tottenham Hotspur linked with a potentially sensational move to bring Gareth Bale back to North London. Spanish source Diario Gol has reported that Bale is ready to leave Real Madrid this summer. Despite interest from Manchester United, the Welshman has decided a return to Tottenham Hotspur is his wish.
Bale spent six years at White Hart Lane before becoming the world’s most expensive player in 2013. Real Madrid paid Spurs a fee reported by the Telegraph to be in the region of £86 million.
Despite some excellent memories at the Bernabeu, including two Champions League wins, Bale could be moved on in the summer. His injury troubles have frustrated Madrid and Bale turns 29 this summer, meaning this may be their last chance to cash in on the player.
Tottenham would need to break the bank to sign the player. One Tottenham player currently hoping that Daniel Levy does not loosen his famously tightened pursestrings will be Heung-min Son.
The South Korean nearly got the boot after a mixed first season at Spurs but has now become an integral member of the Tottenham first-team.
On his day Son has proved himself to be one of the most devastating left-wingers in the Premier League. Finally he looks settled into a first-team role so the arrival of Bale as a direct rival would be devastating for the 25-year-old talent.
Bale would be a direct rival for Son in the left-wing position. Whilst the Welshman has had his struggles this season he undoubtedly has the ability to usurp Son in the race to be a Tottenham starter.
Tottenham fans of course will be excited by such a return. An attacking department containing Bale, Son, Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Erik Lamela, all supplying the deadliest striker in world football Harry Kane? Tottenham could easily become unstoppable.
But Son is a player who thrives on confidence. His best displays come after continued runs in the first-team. If Bale arrives the struggle would be at Son’s detriment and he would soon find himself spending more and more time on the bench.
Whilst partly Son will relish the chance to play and train with a player of Bale’s calibre, a part of him will also hope the dream return stays off the table.
Tottenham Hotspur fans react to Danny Welbeck dive
Tottenham Hotspur fans were not pleased with Danny Welbeck’s dive v AC Milan.
Arsenal successfully knocked AC Milan out of the Europa League last night with a 3-1 win at the Emirates Stadium. The hero of the night was England forward Danny Welbeck. The striker scored two goals as Arsenal completed a deserved 5-1 aggregate victory over the Rossoneri.
But Milan had taken an early lead through Hakan Calhanoglu’s bamboozling long-range strike. Arsenal, at that stage, were looking on the ropes. Welbeck though won and then dispatched a penalty to level the scoring. The word ‘won’ being the optimum word.
Welbeck dived for the penalty, there is no doubt about that. Ricardo Rodriguez barely breathed on the Arsenal man, who tumbled to the ground hopefully. When the penalty was given, he looked in disbelief.
For Tottenham Hotspur fans it was a moment they did not appreciate.
Spurs have seen Dele Alli victimised throughout the season, and some would say rightly so, for his diving. There is no doubt that the England midfielder has dived this season and not many Tottenham fans would suggest not.
But the anger here lies with what Tottenham fans believe is hypocrisy. There is also a certain level or irony given a thinly veiled dig by Arsene Wenger against Spurs’ players this season.
After the highly controversial 2-2 draw at Anfield, where Harry Kane was accused of diving v Liverpool, Wenger had this to say, as reported by the BBC:
“I remember there were tremendous cases here when foreign players did it.
“But English players have learned very quickly and might be the masters now.”
“Sometimes players play a little bit with the rules. How far can you go? That is down to the referees.”
With Arsenal their next Premier League opponents, Arsene Wenger’s barb was not hard to see.
When that statement came out Tottenham fans quickly pointed out occasions when Arsenal’s English stars had been caught diving. Jack Wilshere and Theo Walcott were prominent examples. Now, in Welbeck, Tottenham have seen another.
Arsenal fans will be happy that their team have booked a place in the next round of the Europa League. On balance it was more than a fair result as over two legs Arsenal outplayed the Italian giants.
But the Welbeck moment certainly put an asterix on the game for Spurs fans.
Here is some of the best reaction from Twitter…
Özil against Watford was falling down when a gust of wind went past him. It was appalling. Welbeck yesterday was one of the worst dives
— Joe B ??????? (@JblincoTHFC) March 16, 2018
Only just seen the Welbeck dive, he must be embarrassed even appealing for that.
— Joshhh (@JJonesTHFC) March 16, 2018
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) March 15, 2018
If you had any doubt about how this country treats Dele Alli (one of its brightest prospects in years) look at the difference in how the media and in particular fans, are talking about the #Welbeck dive. ? #COYS #THFC
— Gary Ford (@Spursfordie) March 15, 2018
Imagine if this was @dele_official who did this and the media onslaught! Danny Welbeck you diving cheat! Hope the likes of @talkSPORT @GaryLineker @alanshearer to name a few subject Danny to the same treatment they have subjected Dele too this season! https://t.co/MXFMAkOGcN
— H (@LittleMissTHFC) March 15, 2018
— Lucas (@MoughtTHFC) March 15, 2018
Welbeck is a cheat end of. Ruined a good game.
— THFC (@RaoullyT69) March 15, 2018
Look how everyone destroys Dele over diving. No one will comment on Welbeck’s dive. Shocking! #THFC
— Harry Hotspur (@HarryHotspurWHL) March 15, 2018
— Steve Williams (@spurssteve69) March 15, 2018
Welbeck dives. Dele will be in trouble in the morning. #THFC
— Stephen Vincent (@StevieV14) March 15, 2018
If Dele Alli did what Welbeck just did?
— Billy Adams (@ThfcAdams) March 15, 2018
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