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Tottenham should use Georges-Kevin Nkoudou to sweeten Malcom deal

Tottenham are chasing the Brazilian winger this summer.

Mathew Nash

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Tottenham Hotspur continue to be linked with a move for Bordeaux winger Malcom this summer. As reported by Le10 Sport, the North London side now lead the race for his signature, with a £35.3 million price-tag being mentioned.

Spurs, however, are always looking to get players at the best possible price. So could they knock a few million off the deal, by offering Bordeaux a ready-made replacement for the Brazilian?

The player in question is Georges-Kevin Nkoudou. Spurs paid Marseille a fee of £10.9 million for the 23-year-old, but he has struggled to find success in North London. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Burnley, where he again could not find regular first-team football.

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He has played just 23 times in his two years at Spurs, scoring one goal against APOEL Nicosia in the Champions League last December.

It appears he has no future at Tottenham, but Bordeaux are believed to be fans of the 23-year-old. The Mirror (Transfer Live blog, 10:26 pm, May 20, 2018).reported that both Bordeaux and Lille are keen on the player this summer as his English adventure appears to be coming to an abrupt end.

For Tottenham, it could be the perfect scenario.

By offering Nkoudou in exchange they remove doubt from the French side over replacing their Brazilian wing-wizard. The move would also cut the transfer fee down considerably, perhaps even below the £30 million mark.

Nkoudou should be involved in any deal Tottenham manage to get over the line for Malcom this summer.

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Does Dele Alli deserve a pay rise in his new Tottenham contract?

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After a summer of World Cup heartbreak, Dele Alli could be set for a boost by putting pen to paper on a new contract which will see him earn £100,000 per week, according to The Sun.

The news comes after a frustrating and disappointing 2017/18 campaign for the midfielder, who scored 14 goals in 50 games compared to 22 goals in the same number of games in 2016/17.

Yet, Mauricio Pochettino and Tottenham are clearly keen to put their faith in the youngster and back him to return to the peaks of his sensational first two seasons in the Premier League, though many would point out that last season was far from a poor return.

“At 21 years of age, when you set your standards as high as I did in the last two years, it’s not always the case that you’re going to be able to reach them all the time. Some people think if you’re not scoring or assisting then you’re playing badly, but I criticise myself all the time. I always think I can do better, I can do more for the team, so it’s just about working on myself and my own game.”

Alli confessed that his form has slumped to the Daily Mail.

Alli has undoubted potential and is one of the first names on Pochettino’s team-sheet, so it is no surprise that the club are so keen to tie down his future for the long-term by extending his deal beyond the current agreement until 2022.

At £100,000 per week, he may be one of Tottenham’s highest earners, but it represents a bargain for a player of his quality particularly put into context in the current market and given that Dele is an asset that the club cannot afford to upset or risk losing. After all, the Mirror cited the Global Sports Salaries Survey in November as saying that Manchester United‘s current average wage is in six figures.

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As Pochettino continues to build and develop his young side, Dele will be at the heart of it in midfield and providing a link with Harry Kane in attack, making him just as valuable as the man that he so often assists.

Putting him level with Harry Kane and Hugo Lloris, who The Sun say are Tottenham’s top earners on £100,000 per week, is justified after his performances over the past three seasons.

A young English talent who scores goals for fun and sets even more up, Dele Alli is exactly the kind of player that Daniel Levy should consider adjusting his wage structure for.

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Tottenham Hotspur round-up: Alli deal, Grealish boost and Kane ready

All the latest news and gossip from Tottenham Hotspur.

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Alli deal

Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a new contract for Dele Alli. According to The Sun, a new deal for the England international would be worth in the region of £100k-a-week.

Despite talk of diminishing form last season Alli remained a key figure with one of the best assist rates in the league.

This news comes just days after Tottenham agreed the extensions of Erik Lamela and Heung-min Son.

(during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on May 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Grealish boost

Tottenham target Jack Grealish wants to join a Champions League team, according to the Daily Mail, giving Spurs the edge over potential rivals.

Aston Villa value the player at £35 million but need to sell after falling foul of Financial Fair Play.

Tottenham are big fans of the player and now have the advantage over the likes of Leicester and Fulham who were also believed to be keen.

Kane ready

Harry Kane believes he will be fit and ready for Tottenham Hotspur’s opening game of the season. The England captain only returns to training on the 6th August after an extended post-World Cup break. Tottenham’s opening game is five days later against Newcastle United.

But Kane has told Sky Sports he hopes to be back in time for the game and will also be wanting to break his August hoodoo in the Premier League.

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Fresh Erik Lamela could be key for Tottenham Hotspur next season

Tottenham Hotspur will hope the Argentine can remain fit this season.

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Tottenham Hotspur secured the long-term future of two first-team regulars this weekend, with Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela both signing new deals.

It has certainly not been plain sailing for either player during their time in North London. After a disappointing first season, the South Korean was nearly sold back to Germany. Lamela, on the other hand, has had to battle several injury and personal problems.

Signed in the wake of Gareth Bale’s exit to Real Madrid the Argentine became Tottenham’s record signing. Spurs paid Roma £30 million for the player in the summer of 2013.

But despite showing his best at times for Spurs and become a cult hero with one section of Tottenham fans, injuries have blighted him.

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There was back trouble first and then a hip problem. The latter kept him out of action for over a year.

After returning to action in November he started just seven Premier League games but this season could be huge for the 26-year-old.

He has already impressed in pre-season, netting a hat-trick against Southend United. After a bit-part 2017-18 season which saw Lamela nursing his way back into first-team football, he will be fully fit this term.

Fresh, fit and with the bit between his teeth Tottenham could have a different beast on their hands with Lamela this term.

Hopefully, he can discover the form he showcased in the 2015-16 campaign.

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