Spurs transfer news: Drama as Moussa Sissoko signs for £30m

Newcastle midfielder snubs Everton in final hour of transfer window - all the latest Tottenham transfer news and gossip

Moussa Sissoko was one of the last deals of Deadline Day
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Spurs left it late on Deadline Day but finally wrapped up the signing of long-term target Moussa Sissoko from Newcastle with just minutes to spare before the transfer window shut on Wednesday night.

The five-year deal kept hyperbolic Sky Sports presenter Jim White and his team on their toes as the French midfielder was talked out of a move to Everton at the last minute and instead agreed to join the London side, who had been reluctant to meet the £30m asking price.

"Everton looked set to sign Sissoko after matching Newcastle United’s £30m valuation of the player, to be paid in instalments," reports the Daily Telegraph. "But Sissoko failed to return the calls of Everton manager Ronald Koeman and did not show up to discuss personal terms or take a medical, which allowed Spurs to act."

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Sissoko, 27, was pictured in a Tottenham shirt at 10.58pm, two minutes before the deadline for summer signings.

The move has bemused those who not regard Sissoko as a player of suspect temperament who is not suited to Spurs or Mauricio Pochettino's approach.

But Jack Pitt-Brooke of The Independent says the player will provide Tottenham with a new dimension.

"They are a team built on energy and dynamism, but they do not have much real pace," he says. "Harry Kane is a great athlete but is not the quickest, Christian Eriksen is more about speed of thought, and Erik Lamela is more of a scurrier than a sprinter.

"Spurs play the game fast, but they still needed one more fast player. They have spent a record fee on Sissoko, and Pochettino hopes that their jigsaw is now complete."

Sissoko was the Lilywhites' third signing of Deadline Day. The club also announced the arrival of 21-year-old winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, who has been training with the club all week as he awaited clearance for a move from Marseille, and Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez has joined on a season-long loan.

Spurs transfer news: Sissoko, Isco and Schneiderlin named

31 August

It could be a busy Deadline Day for Mauricio Pochettino, with Spurs linked to several midfielders as the transfer window inches shut.

Top of the Tottenham Hotspur hit list all summer has been Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko and ESPN reports he has been "given permission to leave the France training camp", which can only mean one thing.

The player himself would like to move to Real Madrid, but London appears a more realistic option according to ESPN's "sources".

"Tottenham have moved to the front of the queue to complete a deal in the region of £30m," says the website. The club "are hoping to persuade Newcastle to do business at a lower fee", it adds.

If the Sissoko deal falls through, there are other options, says Metro, and one is Manchester United midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has only managed five minutes of playing time this season after coming on as a late substitute against Bournemouth.

Pochettino worked with the French international at Southampton and they could now be reunited on Deadline Day.

"With the arrival of Paul Pogba coupled with the fine form of Marouane Fellaini [both at Manchester United], Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is hoping to swoop in to offer the holding midfielder a high-profile escape route," says Metro.

Spurs have also been linked with Real Madrid star Isco, who is in a similar position to Jack Wilshere at Arsenal. The 24-year-old who once seemed destined for greatness has fallen down the pecking order at the Bernabeu and has lost his place in the Spain squad. That, together with the news James Rodriguez is likely to stay in Madrid this season, means Isco will look for a loan move to kick start his career.

"Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has spoken to Isco in an attempt to convince him to move to White Hart Lane," reports the Daily Mail, but he faces a tough task convincing him to move.

"Although Tottenham can offer Champions League football after finishing third last season, the 24-year-old is said to be unsure about a move to the Premier League," says the paper.

"Isco's preferred option is believed to be a return to Malaga, the club where he made his name before joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2013."

Spurs transfer news: Bentaleb could be part of Sissoko deal

23 August

Tottenham are lining up a move for Newcastle midfielder Moussa Sissoko and want to use Nabil Bentaleb as a bargaining chip to make sure the deal goes through.Newcastle, relegated to the Championship last season, will want at least £30m for Sissoko who featured for France in their run to the final of the European Championships during the summer. But a swap could grease the wheels and the Daily Mirror reports the Geordies are keen on Bentaleb whose Spurs career appears to be over after he asked to leave and was ordered to train with the Under-21s.

Spurs have already turned down a £10m bid from Schalke for Bentaleb as they value him at £15m but would be willing to use him as a makeweight to get Sissoko. The Mirror also reports Spurs are open to offers for midfielders Tom Carroll and Ryan Mason.

Newly promoted Hull are interested in adding Mason to their threadbare squad and Crystal Palace and Southampton are also monitoring the situation.mCarroll is wanted by Swansea, where he had a loan spell in 2014-15, and Championship side Derby County.

Spurs transfer news: £13m for Barcelona star Munir

23 AugustTottenham are weighing up a move for young Barcelona forward Munir el Haddadi, who has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou - for now at least. However, the 20-year-old has caught the eye of plenty of scouts and Spurs will face competition from Everton and Stoke as well as Spanish clubs, according to the Daily Mail, which cites Spanish publication Sport as the source for the story.Barcelona are not short of forwards, with Neymar due to return from the Olympics, where he helped Brazil win a gold medal, and rumours linking the Catalan club with Paco Alcacer of Valencia. That means they could decide to offload Munir for around £13m, even though he only signed a contract extension last year and has a buy-out clause of £51.7m according to International Business Times. Against that backdrop £13m might sound cheap, but the rub is that Barcelona want to insert a buy-back clause into the deal. That means if he is a success in the Premier League Spurs face losing him back to Barcelona, and if he fails they will have no way to get their investment back.

Spurs transfer news: Eriksen to stay, N'Koudou deal back on

18th August Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen is set to sign a new deal at White Hart Lane squashing speculation that he could be leaving north London for Juventus. Manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to tie the 24-year-old Dane to a long-term contract but has so far failed to do so. According to the Daily Express, "speculation is rife that Eriksen could be set for a move instead after his new deal remained unsigned amid interest from Juventus".

Yet Pochettino remains unfazed. "He has two more years of his contract and it is only a question of time before he agrees a new contract," he insists. Meanwhile, Sky Sports claims the on-off deal to sign Georges-Kevin N'Koudou from Marseille could be back on again after a transfer was abandoned because of boardroom changes at the French club. "That was after it was believed the player had undergone a medical at Tottenham and discussed terms over a four-year contract," says Sky. "Now it seems the move could happen after all, with one source going so far as to say the clubs are close to striking a deal." Espanyol goalkeeper Pau Lopez could be heading for London, says Sport Witness. There have been conflicting reports in Spain, but it has been claimed that Spurs are keen on the youngster and a €500k loan deal, with an option to buy for €7m, is close to being agreed. "The youngster isn't guaranteed to be a starter at the Barcelona-based club, and, while that would also be the case at Spurs, learning from Hugo Lloris would probably be better tutelage than he would get from Roberto, who recently signed from Olympiakos," says the website.

Spurs transfer news: Vincent Janssen eyes Champions League

13 July Tottenham have a new addition to the squad and as expected it's Vincent Janssen. The 22-year-old Dutch striker was first linked with the Lilywhites last month and the club have now announced his capture on their official website Subject to international clearance, the AZ Alkmaar frontman has signed a four-year contract and will arrive at the Lane shortly. The Holland international was the top scorer in the Dutch league last season with 27 goals and it was that form that earned Janssen his first cap earlier this year, which included scoring in the 2-1 win over England at Wembley. "It's a beautiful club and I have a great chance to develop myself here,” said Janssen, when asked why he'd joined Spurs. “I can grow with this group, it's a very talented group and next season we're in the Champions League as well, so that's very nice. It's always been a dream for me to play in the Champions League."It has been widely reported that Spurs have paid £17m for the striker's services.

Spurs transfer news: Iceland hero Sigurdsson set to sign

30 June Iceland's incredible run in the European Championships has caught the eye of the English, and not just because of the ignominy of being beaten by the Viking nation on Monday.According to the Daily Mirror, goalscorer Ragnar Sigurdsson is being fought over by Tottenham and Leicester with the 30-year-old centre-back able to take his pick of the two clubs.The burly centre-back is currently with Russian outfit Krasnodar but his displays in beating Austria and England have come to the attention of the Premier League pair. Spurs are said to be frontrunners to land Sigurdsson, who was named man of the match in the last 16 win over England. The Mirror says that German sides Wolfsburg and Schalke are also interested in the £4m-rated defender but Sigurdsson "would prefer a move to a Premier League club". Meanwhile Spurs have been dealt a blow in their hunt for a new striker after missing out on two targets. First they were pipped to the post in the mad scramble to sign Michy Batshuayi after Chelsea muscled in with a £33m bid at the last minute, reports Goal. The Lilywhites have also been turned down by long-term target Moussa Dembele, the teenage striker who has spurned a move to the Premier League after his contract with Fulham expired and has instead joined Brendan Rodgers at Celtic. The teenager was the subject of an offer from Spurs in the January transfer window, notes the Daily Express, but elected to head north of the border to play first team football in Scotland.

Spurs transfer news: Palace and Chelsea battle for Batshuayi

29 JuneThere's a battle brewing in London with Tottenham "confident" that they can persuade Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi to join them rather than his other suitors, Crystal Palace and Chelsea, after the Blues became the latest club to be linked with the ace.The situation has come to a head rapidly after Palace had a £31m bid for Batshuayi accepted on Monday night with The Sun claiming that the French club are "desperate to sell before 5 July to avoid a transfer embargo"And things could be about to get nasty with Chelsea now also in on the action. The Blues have acted with "ruthless efficiency", says The Guardian, and stepped in with a bid of £33m. But the Belgian frontman has yet to put pen to paper and reports from France say that Spurs will now table a rival bid for the 22-year-old. The Sun says that Spurs have been trailing Batshuayi - who scored for Belgium in their last 16 win over Hungary at Euro 2016 this week - for months and are determined to prise him from Palace's grasp.As for Marseille, the are reportedly anxious to sell to the highest bidder in the coming week otherwise they will be punished by the body that regulates the finances of French football clubs. With Batshuayi's former club, Standard Liege, in line to get a 35 per cent of any transfer fee, it's in Marseille's interest to sell for as much as possible and that has left the door ajar for the Lilywhites.

Spurs transfer news: Strikers Sanabria and Janssen to sign

23 JuneAfee has been agreed between Tottenham and Roma for Paraguayan striker Antonio Sanabria, as Mauricio Pochettino sets about bolstering his attacking options ahead of next season's Champions League campaign.The 20-year-old was at one stage being closely tailed by Russian outfit Rubin Kazan Italian paper Gazzetto dello Sport says that Spurs have won the race to secure the player's services. Although the fee has not been confirmed, it's believed that Spurs will hand over approximately £12m for the Paraguay star, although the Daily Mirror puts the figure at £12.5m. And the paper says Spurs will not rest on their laurels after singing Sanabria, with Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino also "hopeful" of securing the signature of another forward, Vincent Janssen, from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar. The 22-year-old frontman comes with a £12m price tag and is seen by Pochettino as another player who can take some of the pressure off Harry Kane next season.Meanwhile, midfielder Victor Wanyama, poised to join Spurs from Southampton, has confirmed he passed his medical at the club. The deal has not been confirmed by either club, says the Evening Standard, but "will re-unite Wanyama, who turns 25 on Saturday, with his former manager at Southampton Pochettino".

Spurs transfer news: £11m Victor Wanyama joins from Southampton

21 JuneTottenham and Southampton have come to an agreement over the transfer of Victor Wanyama, reports BBC Solent, with the Lilywhites set to pay the south coast club £11m for the services of the 24-year-old Kenyan.The move, which reunites the muscular midfielder Wanyama with his former Saints boss Mauricio Pochettino, was finalised on Monday with Sky Sports saying Wanyama flew in from Kenya on Sunday to undergo a medical "and to finalise personal terms on a four-year deal".Meanwhile Spanish rag Mundo Deportivo says that Roma's Antonio Sanabria is being chased by Spurs and the Paraguay international is close to signing for the north London club, The 20-year-old forward spent last season on loan at Spanish side Sporting Gijon - scoring 11 goals - but is now back with Roma and the Italian club are ready to sell for the right price.

Spurs transfer news: £11m for Southampton star Wanyama

20 JuneIt's taking time but according to the Daily Mail, Tottenham and Southampton will continue negotiations this week as "they inch towards an agreement" over the transfer of Victor Wanyama.Spurs have long been linked with a move for the Kenyan midfielder and they were rumoured to have had an offer knocked back by Saints last year. But the 24-year-old Wanyama. who has one year left on his contract, is still in the sights of Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, who coached the African playmaker during his time as manager of Southampton.He's prepared to pay £11m to secure the services of Wanyama, less than the £12.5m Southampton paid Celtic for Wanyama in 2013. Whether Saints are prepared to make a loss on a player who has become a mainstay of their side in the Premier League and has plenty of years ahead of him remains to be seen.Meanwhile the Daily Express says that Arsenal are offering their north London neighbours some stiff opposition in the pursuit of Spartak Moscow winger Quincy Promes.The 24-year-old Dutch ace has scored 31 goals in 58 games for the Russian side since arriving in 2014 but the Express, quoting Russian outlet Izvestia, says Promes is eyeing a move to England and both Arsenal and Spurs are eager to sign the Netherlands international.Mauricio Pochettino scouted the wide man during Holland’s friendly against Ireland earlier this month and it's a question of whether he beats Arsene Wenger to the prize.

Spurs transfer news: Strikers Kruse and Vazquez on the radar

17 June'Mad' Max Kruse has handed in a transfer request at German outfit Wolfsburg and consequently Tottenham are "on red alert" for the striker. The 28-year-old frontman has had what Talksport describes as a "tempestuous spell" at Wolfsburg, which culminated in his being slapped with a £20,000 fine after he inadvertently left £60,000 of poker winnings on the back seat of a taxi. As you do.Kruse arrived at Wolfsburg last year from Borussia Monchengladbach but after only six goals in 32 Bundesliga appearances, he's decided it's time for a change. Taking German news outlet Kicker as its source, Talksport says that Kruse - capped 14 times by Germany but absent from the Euros - "is plotting a move abroad", and that's likely to interest Spurs, who are believed to be ardent admirers.If that deal doesn't come off then Spurs have other options including Italy striker Franco Vazquez, who is set to leave Palermo this summer, after scoring 18 goals in Serie A last season. The Daily Express picks up reports in Spain that West Brom have had an offer rejected by the Sicilian club, while Manchester United and Chelsea are also said to be keen. But it is Spurs who are leading the chase, says the paper, although they will have to pay £19.5m for the 27-year-old's services.

Spurs transfer news: Inter offer Brozovic and Murillo in Lamela deal

16 JuneErik Lamela looks like he could be on his way out of White Hart Lane with The Sun reporting that Inter Milan are ready to offer Spurs cash plus a couple of their players in return for the Argentine midfielder.

Lamela arrived in north London from Roma in 2013 in a club record £26m move but the three years since have only offered glimpses of his excellence and the Sun says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is giving serious consideration to Inter's offer.

The Italian club have recently been taken over by a group of Chinese investors and money is no object in their quest to take Inter back to the big time. Italian newspaper Corrierre dello Sport claims that Inter will meet Spurs £20m asking price for Lamela and also throw into the bargain Colombian defender Jeison Murillo and Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic.

Murillo could be a particularly attractive acquisition for Spurs with the big centre-back a key component of Inter's defence last season and reportedly of interest to both Manchester United and Leicester City.

Spurs transfer news: Croatia star Badelj close to Tottenham move

15 June

Tottenham target Milan Badelj is mulling over his future while at Euro 2016 and the Daily Express says he "looks set to be on his way out of Fiorentina" by the start of next month.

The Croatian international has been on the Spurs radar for a while and there were unconfirmed reports that they made an approach in January. Now the Italian media are claiming that the Lilywhites are still interested with newspaper Corriere Fiorentino carrying the comments of Dejan Joksimovic, who looks after the interests of the 27-year-old midfielder.

Though Fiorentina have tabled a new deal for Badelj it's not one that has found favour with Joksimovic, who said "the contract will not be renewed" if there is not an increased offer. He added: "There are top European clubs who are ready to make important offers for Badelj [and] there will be important news after the Euros."

Though he wouldn't be drawn on who those clubs might be, the Express says Tottenham are believed to be the hot favourites to land the playmaker.

Meanwhile Sky Italia reports that Napoli are tailing Spurs midfielder Nabil Bentaleb with a move for the Algeria international likely to be made in the next fortnight. Napoli, who finished second in the Serie A, are recruiting for the forthcoming Champions League campaign and have identified Bentaleb as a good prospect. Spurs could be ready to sell for the right price after an injury-hit season in which the playmaker made just a handful of appearances.

Spurs transfer news: £19.5m to land Italy hotshot Franco Vazquez

10 June

If Spurs want to land Franco Vazquez then they'll have to pay Palermo ��19.5m for the 24-year-old Italy international.

That's according to International Business Times, which picks up on the claims of Italian paper Corriere dello Sport, adding that the north London side have moved ahead of Manchester United in the race for the striker because they can offer him Champions League football next season.

Vazquez, who joined the Serie A club from Belgrano in 2012, is one of the hottest properties in Italy and Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini appears eager to cash in on the demand. In conversation with Corriere dello Sport, Zamparini poured cold water on rumours he could sell the striker to a fellow Italian club, saying instead: "It's definitely more likely Vazquez will go to England - I'm asking for €25m (£19.5m) for him."

Though he wouldn't be drawn on who was leading the chase for Vazquez, Zamparini did say: "I can see him doing well anywhere. He's underrated and I don't know why."

Meanwhile the Daily Express says Spurs and West Ham are both "on alert" after attacking midfielder Keisuke Honda dropped a hint he could be on his way out of AC Milan this summer. The 29-year-old Japan international has allegedly been scouted by the two London clubs, and Juventus are also said to be interested as they look for a replacement for Alvaro Morata, expected to move to England shortly.

Asked about his plans for next season, Honda replied: "I am not sure if my team will want to keep me and I am not sure about the future of my career, so right now I can't tell you about what will happen next."

Spurs transfer news: £12m swoop for striker Vincent Janssen

09 June

Tottenham are freshening up their squad with next season's Champions League campaign in mind and hope to bring in 21-year-old striker Vincent Janssen from AZ.

Described by Talksport as a "goal machine", the Dutchman topped the Eredivisie goal-scoring charts last season with 27 strikes. Apparently Spurs have been "granted permission" to speak to the young marksman and Mauricio Pochettino is expected to make an official offer in the coming week in the region of £12m.

Capped five times by Holland, Janssen scored against England at Wembley in March and is rated as one of the most promising strikers in the Netherlands.

Pochettino is proving to be a canny operator in the transfer market, says the Daily Express, which reports that he has "revived his interest in Victor Wanyama" now that Ronald Koeman has left the Saints to take over the managerial reins at Everton.

The Dutchman blocked Spurs move for the 24-year-old midfielder last season but with Koeman out of the way Pochettino "is ready to try again" to bring Wanyama to White Hart Lane. What's more he's unlikely to face competition from Arsenal after their capture of Granit Xhaka and with the Gunners now focusing their efforts on Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jamie Vardy.

Spurs transfer news: Levy vow calms Hugo Lloris exit fears

06 June

Tottenham have received some good news ahead of Euro 2016 with the Daily Mirror reporting that goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has rubbished suggestions he might leave the Lane in the coming weeks. At the end of last month rumours emerged to the effect that the 29-year-old France international was hesitating on signing a new deal, and there was even talk of interest from Spain.

But according to the Mirror Lloris discussed the situation with Spurs chairman Daniel Levy before he joined up with the French squad, and was assured "that the squad will be strengthened" in the summer to prevent a repeat of last season's implosion in the home straight of the title race. Consequently Lloris declared over the weekend: “I have faith in Mauricio Pochettino... we are building something strong. It is very positive. I don't even think about leaving."

And might one of the new Tottenham signings be Palermo midfielder Franco Vazquez? The Daily Express reports that Spurs are battling with Manchester United to land the Italian international who was a standout performer for Palermo in Serie A last season.

The club's president, Maurizio Zamparini, confirmed at the weekend that “there's a market" for Vazquez, adding: "We're dealing with some international clubs. I'll sell him abroad." Jose Mourinho apparently wants to bring the midfielder to Manchester United but Tottenham are equally determined to sign the 27-year-old.

Spurs transfer news: £25m deal for Alexandre Lacazette

02 June

Talks are apparently underway between Tottenham and Lyon with Spurs close to landing striker Alexandre Lacazette in what Metro says will be a £25m deal.

The French frontman was a surprise omission from Didier Deschamps's squad for this month's Euros despite scoring 23 goals in 44 appearances for Lyon last season, but still has plenty of admirers elsewhere. The 25-year-old has been linked with West Ham United and Newcastle United in the last year but Lacazette is desperate to play for a Champions League club and Metro claims that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will make his dream come true as he regards the Frenchman as the idea player "to relieve the burden on Harry Kane's shoulders next season".

If Pochettino fails to sign Lacazette he could renew his interest in former Chelsea star Andre Schurrle. Talksport says that Spurs "are considering a summer swoop" for the 25-year-old Wolfsburg winger. Quoting German rag SportBild, Talksport says that Schurrle is "unsettled" at the club he joined 18 months ago and would like to give the Premier League another crack.

Talking of unsettled, there have been worrying reports about the future of Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris? According to the Daily Express the Frenchman, who has been linked to Manchester United, has knocked back Spurs "offer of a new and improved five-year deal".

The 29-year-old, currently preparing for the Euros, joined Spurs from Lyon in 2012 but Paris Saint-Germain are long-term admirers, and the Express also claims "Manchester United have shortlisted Lloris as a potential replacement for David De Gea", who is once more being linked with a move to Real Madrid this summer.

Spurs transfer news: Shock move for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

31 May

Has self-confident Swedish sharpshooter Zlatan Ibrahimovic been stringing us along all this time?

According to Italian paper Gazzetta dello Sport it is Tottenham who are circling the veteran striker, despite rumours last week linking the 34-year-old with Manchester United.

The former PSG frontman went out of his way to lavish praise on new United boss Jose Mourinho when he was unveiled last week, but Talksport picks up on the comments of Gazzetta dello Sport and declares that Spurs "have not given up hope of beating Manchester United" to the hand of Zlatan.

It's a claim that would make sense given Zlatan's age and the fact that the Red Devils have failed to qualify for the Champions League. The Swedish beanpole is unlikely to want to slum it in the Europa League and it would be no surprise if he was to have one last hurrah in the Champions League with Tottenham.

Talksport says that the north London club believe their Champions League credentials give them the edge over United, although The Sun claims that Ibrahimovic could yet make an "astonishing return to [his] first club Malmo".

The paper quotes his agent, Mino Raiola, saying: "We have not decided anything yet. I think it will be a surprise in the end. Everyone is harping on about only United, United, United. There are some clubs in England, a few clubs in Europe, clubs outside Europe, but everyone assumes that he must go to Manchester United, but it is not true."

Spurs transfer news: Schurrle blow, but £25m for Wanyama

27 May

Tottenham have been left howling by Wolfsburg after the German outfit ruled out any possibility of selling them Andre Schurrle this summer. The Sun reports that the former Chelsea frontman was wanted by both Tottenham and Liverpool after scoring a dozen goals in the Bundesliga this season.

But Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs has dismissed the idea that they are prepared to offload the 25-year-old Schurrle, telling Kicker magazine: "I don't want to open the door even a bit. We have clearly said that we will not sell Andre."

If Wolfsburg stick to their guns then the Sun claims that Tottenham gaffer Mauricio Pochettino will turn his attention to Southampton's Victor Wanyama and offer the Saints £25m for the former Celtic man.

There's also the possibility that Spurs will resume last season's rivalry with Leicester, and this time the prize will be Sporting Lisbon's Islam Slimani, the 27-year-old Algerian ace who is known to be a favourite of Claudio Ranieri.

However, the Daily Star reports that Tottenham are tipped to make a move for Lille forward Sofiane Boufal, who is "is expected to move on this summer amid interest from a host of top European clubs". with Spurs at the head of the queue for the £15m-rated 22-year-old.

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Spurs transfer news: Jonathan Calleri lined up as partner for Kane

24 May

Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino is going native in his bid to turn Tottenham Hotspur into genuine title contenders.

According to The Sun, Spurs's boss is close to bagging fellow countryman Jonathan Calleri, the 22-year-old Sao Paulo frontman who has been burning up the Brazilian outfit after arriving from Boca Juniors last season.

The youngster's dad - and agent - Guillermo has said there is a "verbal agreement" between his son and Spurs regarding a summer move, adds the paper.

Calleri has found the net 12 times in 24 league games for Sao Paulo and Pochettino believes he would be a good foil for Harry Kane in the Premier League.

At the other end of the park, defender Samuel Umtiti is in Spurs's sights, with the International Business Times reporting that Lyon "are ready to negotiate the departure" of their highly regarded blocker.

The French club want £15m for the 22-year-old, although Tottenham are likely to face competition from AS Roma, as well as Barcelona, who, with Eric Abidal likely to leave, are desperate to bolster their defence ahead of next season.

When asked if he might leave, Umtiti replied: "We have a league that is increasing in competitiveness, despite what some might say, but maybe the players who are abroad are better. Honestly, yes, I am asking myself these questions," reports French sports daily L'Equipe.

Spurs transfer news: No Embolo bid, but £25m for Slimani

19 May

There's an embargo on Embolo with Basel dismissing rumours that they have received a bid from Tottenham for teenage forward Breel Embolo.

Stories emerged at the start of this week to the effect that the Lilywhites liked the look of the 19-year-old frontman and had tabled an offer. As Talksport reports, Embolo has come through Basel's youth academy to star on the senior stage with 12 goals this campaign, and has also forced his way into the Swiss national side and will be strutting his stuff at Euro 2016.

That prompted Spurs to send scouts to watch Embolo in action, but contrary to reports that they've already made an enquiry, Basel president Bernhard Heusler has let it be known that "no offer exists from Tottenham, and there is nothing to suggest that Breel's path leads into that direction".

So could Spurs be looking at other targets? According to Portuguese rag A Bola, Spurs are ready "to battle" Leicester for the hand of Islam Slimani. The Sporting Lisbon forward has been on fire this season, scoring 31 goals in 46 matches in all competitions and Leicester were linked with the 27-year-old Algerian ace earlier in the month. Their initial bid was rebuffed and while it's expected the Foxes will come hunting again, Goal.com report that Spurs are "now preparing to enter the race", and are willing to meet Slimani's £25m release clause.

Spurs transfer news: Roma set to swoop for key defender

18 May

The future of Stuttgart centre-back Antonio Rudiger grows ever more complicated and it could have ramifications for Spurs.

According to Talksport, the 23-year-old, who has been on loan at Roma this season will be bought by the Italian club next month. But he'll then be sold for a handsome profit to either Chelsea or Liverpool. And with the money made on Rudiger, Roma will make "a summer swoop for Tottenham defender Kevin Wimmer".

That's what Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claims, adding that Roma have been tailing Wimmer for a while now and want the Austria international in their ranks for next season. But the north London club don't want to see Wimmer go, and will demand big money from Roma. Talksport says "only a bid in excess of £25m will make Spurs reconsider their position".

Meanwhile the London Evening Standard report that Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana has ruled out swapping Anfield for White Hart Lane any time soon.

Rumours earlier in the week suggested Lallana was a target for Mauricio Pochettino, who worked him when the pair were at Southampton. But on the eve of Liverpool's clash with Sevilla in the final of the Europa League, Lallana was asked if he was thinking about a move to London.

"No, not for me," he replied. "I've got three years left on my contract... I am at a massive club here and playing some of my best football for the club, getting to cup finals. It is definitely just speculation."

Spurs transfer news: Breel Embolo could be foil for Kane

16 May

A Swiss sharpshooter is the latest player to be linked with a move to Tottenham with The Sun claiming that Spurs "are preparing a £20m move" for Basel striker Breel Embolo.

Hailed in some quarters as the "new Didier Drogba", the 19-year-old has been tracked for several months by Mauricio Pochettino. The Spurs boss believes he has all the attributes to be the perfect foil to Harry Kane in Spurs' attack next season.

Not that Spurs will have it all their own way in the hunt for the Cameroon-born Embolo. The Sun says some of the biggest clubs in Europe are "fighting for his signature" after two impressive seasons in Switzerland.

Basel have slapped a £20m fee on the youngster, which is well within Spurs' budget, and they are also looking at snapping up brilliantly-monikered Granada striker Isaac Success after the 20-year-old put in a good shift this season in La Liga.

But as Spurs fans recover from the misery of another, unexpected, St Totteringham's Day, there is more bad news in the Daily Mirror with the paper reporting that Danny Rose is being stalked by Pep Guardiola. The Spaniard is about to take up the reins at Manchester City and apparently left-back Rose is "seen as an ideal replacement for Aleksandar Kolarov", says the Mirror.

Meanwhile the Daily Express says that Spurs and Liverpool are vying for Bournemouth frontman Callum Wilson this summer. The 24-year-old has been sidelined for much of the Premier League season with injury, but in the few appearances he has made, the strapping Wilson has impressed both Pochettino and Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Spurs transfer news: Barcelona striker Sandro in the frame

12 May

If at first you don't succeed, try, try again - a maxim that could serve Spurs well in the near future as they prepare to pounce for Sandro Ramirez.

The Lilywhites first made a play for the 20-year-old frontman in January but "narrowly missed out on signing him on deadline day", reports Talksport. But despite that disappointment Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has kept tabs on the young sharpshooter and now is "on alert" after Barcelona signalled their willingness to release Ramirez in the summer.

Quoting Spanish rag Sport, Talksport says that Barca coach Luis Enrique has informed Ramirez "that he is not in his plans" and consequently he'll be up for sale in the summer "for around £7.8m".

Pochettino is expected to be first to make a move because of his belief that Ramirez can complement Harry Kane next season, and with Tottenham guaranteed Champions League football the Spanish striker is open to the move.

A rather more expensive target for Spurs is Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez. According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham are not only considering triggering his £36m buyout clause, but are also prepared to make the 21-year-old the highest-paid player in their history, with a salary of £6m a year after tax if he moves to White Hart Lane this summer.

However, Saul signed a five-year deal with Atletico last summer and will be appearing in the Champions League final later this month.

Spurs transfer news: Pochettino wants Adam Lallana reunion

10 May

Spurs may have run out of steam in the home straight of the title race but according to The Sun manager Mauricio Pochettino has already started limbering up for next season.

The paper claims that he is ready to make a bid in excess of £20m for Liverpool playmaker Adam Lallana in what the paper says would be a "stunning reunion".

The pair first got to know each other at Southampton, and though the 27-year-old Lallana has been a regular in Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool side of late the Tottenham boss will reportedly ask Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for the necessary funds to prise the midfielder from Anfield over the summer.

Since he left Southampton two years ago Lallana has established himself in the England squad and has become a key player for the Reds, and if Tottenham are to be successful in any bid they'll have to offer a sum close to the £25m that Liverpool paid Southampton for Lallana in 2014.

But the Sun says that the fact Liverpool are targeting Mario Goetze and Marco Reus in the summer transfer window "may boost Spurs' chances if Liverpool want to balance the books".

Spurs transfer news: Real Madrid sniffing round Dele Alli

27 April

Have Real Madrid been doing more in England this week than preparing for last night's Champions League semi-final against Manchester City? Yes, says The Sun, with the paper claiming that the Spanish giants, who laboured to a goalless draw against the Citizens, "have been linked with a move to sign Dele Alli".

The 20-year-old Tottenham playmaker has been a sensation for the Lilywhites this season - although his season could end early thanks to a punch, notes the Daily Star - and not surprisingly the big boys are loitering in the background with a view to a summer swoop.

According to the Sun, Real have already made "the opening exchanges in a process that could see the Tottenham star move to the Bernabeu". Madrid newspaper Marca, seen as the mouthpiece for Real, has been singing the praises of Alli for a while and the Sun says that's often the prelude to a big money offer. It happened with Gareth Bale and now Spurs are readying themselves for a similar approach.

However, Real might find it more difficult to lure Alli from White Hart Lane given that Spurs have qualified for next season's Champions League with a squad that is fiercely loyal to manager Maurico Pochettino.

Spurs transfer news: Bernd Leno release clause set to expire

26 April

After the dejection of Monday night's costly draw with West Brom, could Spurs cheer themselves up with a spot of retail therapy? The Sun thinks so with the paper claiming the Lilywhites are "hot on the heels" of Bayer Leverkusen keeper Bernd Leno.

Apparently they they have until Saturday to sign the 24-year-old gloveman on the cheap because of a £12.5m get-out clause that expires on 30 April. Once the deadline has passed Leverkusen "could more than double the asking price", so the Sun says any offer from Spurs must be tabled before the end of the week.

Leno, who is Germany's number two goalkeeper behind Manuel Neuer, has aroused interest from Barcelona and Real Madrid in recent months, but it was Liverpool who Leverkusen expected to come calling.

But Jurgen Klopp hasn't picked up the phone, perhaps concerned over reports that Leno allegedly wants to leave the club "because of disagreements with coach Roger Schmidt".

Spurs transfer news: Defender Samuel Umtiti tops summer hit-list

25 April

As Tottenham prepare to take on West Bromwich Albion tonight in a match they must win to keep Leicester in sight, Spurs are also set to launch a transfer swoop for Lyon defender Samuel Umtiti. That's according to Metro, which claims that Mauricio Pochettino is intending to hit French football with a double whammy in the summer transfer window.

Not only will he take striker Michy Batshuayi off Marseille's hands, but he'll also sign the experienced Umtiti. Despite his tender age of 22, the blocker has amassed more than 125 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit since making his debut in 2011.

He's a wise head on young shoulders and that, allied with a strapping physique, has led Pochettino to put Umtiti at the top of his shopping list, and he's confident that the lure of Champions League football will be enough to persuade the France Under-21 international to make the move to the Lane.

Metro says Arsenal were tracking Umtiti last year but in a sign of how the balance of power has shifted in north London he would rather join a club on the up than one on the slide.

Spurs transfer news: Mehmet Topal and Andre Schurrle lured by success

21 April

The title race may be entering the home straight but Tottenham have already crossed the finishing line in their pursuit of Turkish international Mehmet Topal.

According to The Sun, the Lilywhites have "agreed a deal" with the 30-year-old defensive midfielder and he'll leave Fenerbahce for north London on a free transfer next month.

Mauricio Pochettino has been stalking the veteran - who's also appeared for Galatasaray and Valencia - for months and the Spurs gaffer is delighted he's got his man without paying Fenerbahce a penny. Topal has won more than 50 caps for his country and Pochettino wants the strapping six footer to throw his weight around in the middle of the park next season.

Success is a powerful aphrodisiac, as Tottenham are discovering, and the latest player to make advances to Spurs is Andre Schurrle. The Daily Mirror reports that the 25-year-old winger is "unsettled" at Wolfsburg despite the fact he only arrived at the German outfit last year after a spell at Chelsea. According to the Mirror, Schurrle struggles to tune into the same wavelength as Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking and on top of that the club is set to miss out on Champions League football next season. Consequently the wideman is "eyeing a move away" and his gaze has fallen on Spurs. For his part, Pochettino is reportedly keen to bring Schurrle to the Lane so he provide "more attacking support for star man and the Premier League's top scorer Harry Kane".

And the Mirror also says Southampton playmaker Victor Wanyama is refusing to sign a new deal with the Saints in the hope the news "tempts Spurs to move for him". They were after the former Celtic midfielder last year but though it came to nothing on that occasion the Mirror says that Wanyama is now desperate to move to Spurs and enjoy the thrills of the Champions League.

Spurs transfer news: Harry Kane wanted at Bayern Munich and Real Madrid

19 April

It's not all good news for Spurs at the moment, and there is a chilling warning in the pages of the Evening Standard, which reports that Harry Kane "is the subject of renewed interest from Real Madrid and Bayern Munich".

Kane scored twice in the 4-0 thrashing of Stoke last night and overtook Jamie Vardy (who faces an extended ban for his outburst after being red carded on Sunday) in the Premier League goalscoring stakes. But it's those 24 strikes that have aroused the serious interest of the two European giants.

As the Standard notes, Kane is the first Tottenham player to score more than 20 top-flight goals in consecutive seasons since Martin Chivers in the earlies seventies and Real and Bayern are both said to be desperate to prise Kane from White Hart Lane.

Kane penned a new five-and-a-half-year deal 14 months ago, but his weekly wages remain a modest £50,000 a week and Real are willing to double that figure. With Karim Benzema edging towards the exit at the Bernabeu in the summer, head coach, Zinedine Zidane has identified Kane as the man to lead the line next season.

Bayern, for their part, are worried that they may see Robert Lewandowski leave the club in the summer and are making plans for that eventuality by adding Kane to their shopping list.

Meanwhile The Sun says that the Lilywhites "are giving up their pursuit of Moussa Dembele" after realising that if the Fulham frontman does move anywhere this summer it will be to Chelsea.

The 19-year-old Frenchman was in the stands at Stamford Bridge on Saturday to see the Blues lose to Manchester City and apparently Chelsea are in pole position to land the teenager.

On the plus side it will save Spurs the hassle of having to distinguish between Mousa and Moussa Dembele on the team sheet and in the club shop.

Spurs transfer news: New deals for Eriksen, Lamela and Vertonghen

18 April

Tottenham's hopes of overhauling Leicester received a shot in the arm yesterday with the Foxes held to a 2-2 draw at home to West Ham and there was more good news for Spurs as the Daily Express claims that three of the club's key men are preparing to extend their stays at White Hart Lane.

According to the paper the Lilywhites have "opened fresh contract negotiations" and are quietly confident that Christian Eriksen, Jan Vertonghen and Erik Lamela will all be back at the Lane next season to enjoy the Champions League next term.

Harry Kane already allegedly agree to extend his stay on north London, and the Express says that the 24-year-old Eriksen is "closing in on a five-year contract worth £22.9m", working out at around £80,000 a week. As for Vertonghen, the 28-year-old centre-back will pen a four-year deal worth £75,000 a week, while Argentine Lamela will also sign a new deal and get a wage hike.

As for possible new faces at Tottenham next season, the Express namechecks West Brom striker Saido Berahino, Michy Batshuayi of Marseille and 21-year-old Sassuolo frontman Domenico Berardi as targets for manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Meanwhile the Daily Mirror says that such is Spurs confidence these days that they are "willing to battle Barcelona" for Pescara forward Gianluca Lapadula. The 26-year-old comes with a £6m price tag but after scoring yet again at the weekend, this time against Cesena, the Mirror says that Spurs scouts have urged Pochettino to meet Pescara's asking price before Barcelona make a bid of their own for the player who's scored 22 times this season

Spurs transfer news: Dembele battle as Mikel Arteta ponders switch

13 April

It's not just the Premier League title that Spurs and Leicester are fighting over. They are also battling over the future of teenage sensation Ousmane Dembele, with both clubs said to be vying for his hand.

Reports at the weekend linked Leicester to the 18-year-old frontman, whose goals for Rennes this season have propelled the unfancied French outfit to fifth in Ligue 1. But Metro, taking France Football magazine as its source, claims that Tottenham "have opened talks to sign Dembele".

The player's agents have been in discussions with Spurs about a move to White Hart Lane and apparently Dembele is warming to the idea now that the Lilywhites are almost guaranteed Champions League action next season. Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are also said to be making discreet enquiries but Dembele is said to favour Spurs because he knows he will get regular game time in north London.

Someone else who is thinking of bestowing his favours on Spurs is Arsenal midfielder Mikel Arteta. The 34-year-old Spaniard has reportedly reached the end of his playing days but according to Metro Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is considering "Arteta for a role in his Tottenham Hotspur backroom staff."

Manchester City are also said to be looking to offer Arteta a similar role but it's believed that he would prefer to stay in London, reports the Daily Star.

The veteran playmaker has not been idle during his lengthy injury lay-offs in recent seasons and has not only passed all his FA coaching exams but also been cutting his teeth as a coach at the Arsenal academy.

Spurs transfer news: 'Desperate' Axel Witsel set for move

04 April

After the disappointment of failing to take maximum points from their trip to Liverpool at the weekend, Tottenham fans can console themselves with the report in The Sun claiming that they are closing in on Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel.

The Zenit St Petersburg playmaker is said to be "desperate" to taste the Premier League and if Spurs meet the Russian club's asking price of £20m his dream will come true.

Spurs, who drew 1-1 with Liverpool on Saturday, want to consolidate on their fine season by bringing in a couple of big names in the summer and the 27-year-old Witsel is one of those players. The Sun says Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has been tracking Witsel for more than a year, and wanted to make a move in January but was told by Zenit they wouldn't sell until the summer because of their Champions League campaign.

And another player in Spurs sights is Lassana Diarra, a long-time target of Manchester United. Currently with Marseille, the 31-year-old midfielder knows the Premier League well from his time with Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth, and though he's now long in the tooth both United and Tottenham believe he's still got plenty to offer. Metro, citing French media as its source, says Spurs are "keeping tabs" on Diarra and are ready to battle United for his signature.

Spurs transfer news: Battle to land Batshuayi hots up

01 April

The latest club to join the race for Marseille star and Spurs target Michy Batshuayi is Roma with Talksport claiming that the Italians are now hot on the heels of Tottenham and West Ham in the race to sign the striker who's scored 13 goals this season.

The sharpshooter from Belgium has long been in the sights of the two London clubs but Italian rag Corriere dello Sport says Roma have also put him at the top of their summer shopping list, and they'll raise the cash to buy him by selling Edin Dzeko. The Bosnian frontman only arrived at Roma from Manchester City last summer but his seven goals haven't been enough and coach Luciano Spalletti is ready to offload him in order to bring in Batshuayi.

And the Daily Express says Spurs will also face competition in the summer to sign West Brom striker Saido Berahino with Stoke City determined to bag the England striker. Having had a £20m offer for Berahino rejected in January, Stoke will make another attempt in the summer with manager Mark Hughes quietly confident that he'll persuade the 22-year-old to join because he can offer him regular game time at the Britannia Stadium.

Spurs transfer news: £8m for exciting French striker Haller

31 March

Premier League title-chasers Spurs are hoping to sign one of Europe's most exciting young prospects this summer in the form of FC Utrecht forward Sebastian Haller.

According to Talksport, which credits Dutch publication Voetbal International with the story, Spurs have identified the 21-year-old French frontman as an ideal fit at White Hart Lane next season.

Haller, who's netted 21 goals in 31 games for the Dutch side this season, is regarded as one of the promising strikers to emerge from France in recent years and was reportedly the subject of an offer from Sunderland in January.

Talksport claims that Spurs "have made contact" with Utrecht about a summer move, although it's believed that they won't have it all their own way in the transfer tussle. Ajax are also keen on the £8m-rated forward and Inter Milan are also said to be monitoring Haller's situation.

Spurs also face competition for Schalke defensive midfielder Roman Neustadter, and it's Arsenal who are reportedly ready to take on the Lilywhites for his hand. The Daily Express claims that the two north London clubs are both chasing the 28-year-old, who joined Schalke from Borussia Monchengladbach in 2012 and has since established himself in the German national side.

Taking its cue from German rag Sports Bild, the Express explains that Neustadter is out of contract in the summer, "and talks over a new deal with Schalke have stalled". Spurs and Arsenal are both aware of the situation and of the possibility of landing him on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Spurs transfer news: Real Madrid star in Tottenham switch?

30 March

Tottenham Hotspur have their sights set on poaching a young Real Madrid star this summer, according to Goal.com. Citing Spanish rag AS as their source, the website claims 21-year-old Mateo Kovacic is "set to be offloaded" by Los Los Merengeues in the summer, after he failed to live up to the expectations of coach Zinedine Zidane, with Spurs at the front of the queue to sign him.

Zidane inherited the former Dinamo Zagreb midfielder when he replaced Rafa Benitez as coach earlier in the season and by all accounts, the Croatian international has not impressed his new boss.

Kovacic only arrived at the Bernabeu last summer, but Goal.com says Real are prepared to sell him to Spurs. Tottenham gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly "a big admirer".

The player is believed to be amenable to a move to London, having taken advice from Real teammate and compatriot Luka Modric, who spent four years at White Hart Lane before moving to Spain in 2012.

Andnother youngster in Tottenham's sights, but hailing from rather less glamorous surroundings, is Luton's promising midfielder Tyreeq Bakinson.

The Daily Mirror says Spurs are "keeping tabs" on the 17-year-old, having seen him strut his stuff for Luton's youth team. Though Bakinson has yet to make his senior bow for the Hatters, the 6ft 3in prospect has impressed scout - and former Spurs and Luton boss - David Pleat so much that he's urging Pochettino to make his move now, believing Bakinson to have as much potential as Dele Alli.

Spurs transfer news: Deals for Harry Kane and Mauricio Pochettino

23 March

With Manchester United circling Harry Kane, Tottenham Hotspur have begun talks over a new contract for their star striker, which could see his wages more than triple to £100,000 a week.

The England forward, who has struck 20 Premier League goals for the second season running, is valued at £60m, but United could be willing to offer that if Jose Mourinho becomes manager and makes a move for the player.

However, Spurs are now poised to offer the terrace hero a new deal "to lessen any risk of him forcing a move out", says the Daily Express. It would be his third contract in the space of 18 months, adds the paper, which notes that he signed a five-year deal in February last year worth £30,000-a-week.

The new deal is worth far more than that, although it would not stop his suitors from trying to seduce him. "United, with six players on £100,000-a-week or more, would likely offer Kane a much higher salary than what he can land at Spurs," says the Express.

But it points out that Spurs are "currently in a Premier League title race and look set to qualify for the Champions League next season, while United are battling with West Ham and Manchester City for fourth place".

Spurs are also confident of holding onto manager Mauricio Pochettino over the summer, even though he is also bound to attract interest from other clubs after overseeing the club's transformation from try hards to title contenders.

The club expects the coach to agree a new deal in the summer, while The Sun notes that any team that wants to poach him will have to pay a £10m release fee, which is written into his current contract.

Spurs transfer news: Levy to raid Liverpool for Henderson

14 March

Having taken three points off Aston Villa on Sunday to close to within two points of Leicester at the top of the Premier League, Spurs are reportedly now looking to strip Liverpool of skipper Jordan Henderson.

According to The Sun, the north London outfit "are plotting a sensational raid" this summer by tabling a £25m bid for the England midfielder. With Champions League football all but assured now for Spurs, gaffer Mauricio Pochettino believes Henderson can be lured to White Hart Lane by the prospect of playing in Europe's showpiece tournament.

As the Sun points out Henderson is still contracted to Anfield, where he earns around £5m a year, but the paper adds that Spurs "have discussed the swoop at the highest level in the last few days".

Chairman Daniel Levy is determined not to see Pochettino tempted away by another club in the summer after guiding Spurs to glory this season, and to that end he intends to make a rash of big-name signings this summer, and the spending spree will start with Henderson.

Spurs transfer talk: Ousmane Dembele and Domenico Berardi on the radar

10 March

It may have finished all-square in Saturday's north London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal but the Daily Express reports that the Lilywhites are "are preparing an £8m bid to beat Arsenal to the signing of Rennes striker Ousmane Dembele".

The 18-year-old France Under-19 frontman has dazzled this season in Ligue 1 and he has netted nine times in 17 matches to attract interest from a host of top clubs. The Express, citing French sources, says that Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester, Barcelona and Juventus are just some of the clubs who have sent their scouts to run the rule over the teenage French firecracker. However, Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is believed to be ready to make the first move for Dembele.

But Pochettino is not putting all his eggs in one basket and is also on the trail of Sassuolo striker Domenico Berardi, with the Express again claiming first dibs on the story. The 21-year-old sharpshooter has found the net six times this season for the Italian outfit and there were rumours Spurs were circling in January.

Nothing concrete came of the rumours, however, but the Express says that Manchester United have since started stalking Berardi and consequently Pochettino will make a new and improved offer in the summer to ensure he doesn't let his target disappear to Old Trafford.

Spurs transfer talk: Pochettino in pole position for Insigne

08 March

Spurs gaffer Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly "crazy" about signing Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne.

The claim was made by Pietro Lo Monaco, the former sporting director at Napoli, International Business Times says.

The news will come as a blow to Arsenal, who have also been linked with the 24-year-old Italy international in recent weeks, but Lo Monaco is adamant that Pochettino is in pole position to land the winger.

"Insigne is the complete package for a wide player," Lo Monaco told TV Luna. "I spoke to Tottenham. I know for certain that Pochettino is crazy about Insigne."

Paris Saint-Germain have also been linked with Insigne but Tottenham's interest - given that they're destined to qualify for next season's Champions League - is said to have aroused the interest of the winger, who should feature for Italy in the summer's Euro 2016.

Meanwhile IBT also says that Tottenham "will complete their move for Saido Berahino at the fifth time of asking" this summer, with West Bromwich Albion finally ready to let the striker leave after months of refusing to play ball with the north London side.

Spurs transfer talk: Boufal must improve, new Lloris deal

25 February

Spurs transfer target Sofiane Boufal has been told he must improve his performances for Lille if he is to earn a move to Tottenham, or any of his other suitors, this summer.

The winger has become one of the most sought-after players in Europe, with Mauricio Pochettino an admirer and Spurs at the head of the queue to sign him.

But manager Frederic Antonetti has called on the 22-year-old to show his worth for Lille this term, reports the Evening Standard. "He is destined to have a great career," he said. "If he wants to join one of the best eight clubs, he must improve his performances."

One player whose performances have won him recognition is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who is in line for a pay hike if Spurs secure Champions League qualification, according to the Daily Mirror.

Tottenham want to tie the France international to White Hart Lane so they don't have to find a replacement when cash is tight while the stadium is being refurbished, and will offer him a pay increase from £80,000 to £100,000 a week.

As Tottenham prepare to take on Fiorentina tonight in their Europa League second leg clash, are the Lilywhites also hoping to use the occasion to do a spot more business with the Italian outfit?

The Daily Star claims that Spurs "opened talks to sign Fiorentina midfielder Milan Badelj" during the first leg last week in Italy and tonight they'll aim to take the negotiations one step further.

The Star, quoting Italian news outlet Calciomercato, says Spurs officials are pleased with the way the talks are progressing although Fiorentina gaffer Paulo Sousa is believed to be reluctant to part with the Croatia international.

But it's reported that the 26-year-old playmaker has "already told his agent he would like to join Mauricio Pochettino's side" and thus the Italians have been left with no option other than to get the most they can for the player who joined them from Hamburger SV in the summer of 2014 in a £4m deal.

Spurs transfer news: Milan Badelj – the 'new Modric' - set for move

24 February

Tottenham Hotspur take on Italian side Fiorentina in the Europa League this week, but the two sides could also be preparing to do battle off the field, as well, after it was claimed the London side are keen on midfielder Milan Badelj.

The deep-lying playmaker's future with La Viola is in "is in serious doubt", reports Calciomercato, which says his agent is demanding a commission he was promised in 2014.

Spurs made an approach when representatives from the two clubs met in Florence last Thursday, claims the website, which adds: "The player has already told his agent he would like to play for Tottenham, should he leave the Franchi in the future."

The 26-year-old Croatian international, who joined Fiorentina in 2014, has been dubbed the "new Luka Modric", says Football Insider, which claims the player would cost around £5m.

It adds that Spurs will also be in the market for a striker this summer after failing in bids to land Fulham's Moussa Dembele and Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion in the January window.

Spurs transfer news: Sofiane Boufal set for Tottenham move

23 February

He's flavour of the month across Europe and now winger Sofiane Boufal has moved a step closer to leaving Lille in the summer with Talksport reporting that the youngster is increasingly drawn towards White Hart Lane.

Clubs across the continent have taken notice of the 22-year-old assured displays this season in Ligue 1, with Manchester United strongly linked to Boufal before Christmas. But Talksport, taking its cue from French sports daily L'Equipe says that Spurs are now in pole position to sign the young playmaker.

Apparently Boufal "has asked to leave Lille this summer" and though the club are loathe to part with their prize asset, they'll sell if a bid in the region of £20m lands on their desk.

Meanwhile Newcastle blogger Andrew Gibney has picked up on rumours suggesting that the Lilywhites are one of several clubs keeping tabs on England Uner-19 international goalkeeper Freddie Woodman.

The young Magpies gloveman is out of contract in the summer and Spurs, Arsenal and Liverpool have all sent scouts to Tyneside to run the rule over one of the most talented young keepers in England.

Spurs transfer news: £12m for striker Laurent Depoitre

22 February

The Tottenham faithful need some cheering up after the 1-0 home defeat to Crystal Palace in Sunday's FA Cup clash and the Daily Mirror duly provides some good news with the revelation that the Lilywhites are closing in on Gent striker Laurent Depoitre.

A host of Premier League clubs have been scouting the 27-year-old frontman in recent weeks, but the Mirror claims Spurs "are leading the £12m race" for Depoitre.

The Belgian hitman, who made his international debut last year, has 16 months to run on his current contract and Genk are resigned to seeing him move sooner rather than later. Conscious that they don't want him to leave on a free transfer in 2017, Genk will sell in the summer and the Mirror claim Spurs are "the favourites for his signature", with manager Mauricio Pochettino preferring Depoitre to Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi.

If Depoitre does arrive, he could fill the gap left by Erik Lamela, who is wanted by his former employers Roma, reports the Daily Express.

Lamela cost Spurs £30m in 2013 but has only begun justifying that price tag this season. His "new-found form has prompted the Serie A side to renew their interest in the player", says the paper. It adds that Roma's ardour will be strengthened if Miralem Pjanic leaves the club at the end of the season.

Spurs transfer news: Batshuayi deal close as Eriksen commits

17 February

Spurs believe they are in pole position to steal Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi from under the noses of rivals West Ham thanks to the promise of Champions League football next season.

The two London clubs are locked in a battle to lure the Belgian forward from France, but the Daily Mirror says Spurs are "confident" of getting their man, while even the Hammers' local paper, the Brentwood Gazette, suggests that the Lilywhites are in "advanced talks" with the striker, who would cost around £25m.

If he does arrive at White Hart Lane, then Batshuayi could be linking up with Christian Eriksen, who is set to sign a new contract with Spurs, having rediscovered his mojo after a heart-to-heart with boss Mauricio Pochettino.

The Dane, who operated as a number ten behind Harry Kane last season, has been forced to roam the flanks this term thanks to the rise of Dele Alli, explains the Evening Standard. The disappointment of being played out of position prompted him to hold talks with the manager, but Pochettino has soothed Eriksen's feelings, and now he is expected to sign a four-and-a-half-year contract worth around £50,000 a week.

Prior to last night's clash between Zenit St Petersburg and Benfica in the Champions League, the Russian side's Axel Witsel brushed aside suggestions he could join Tottenham at the end of the season. Speculation has been gathering pace in recent weeks that the player described by website Caughtoffside as a "midfield general" is poised to move to the Lane.

The Belgian international, at one time also linked with Chelsea, has been in sparkling form since arriving from Benfica in 2012, but asked about his future beyond this season, Witsel admitted he had no intention of leaving St Petersburg , adding: "I am happy to be here".

Spurs transfer news: London clubs hunt Batshuayi and Lukaku

16 February

With Spurs riding high in the Premier League there is even more good news for Lilywhites fans as the Daily Express reportss that they are looking "to beat London rivals West Ham to the signing of Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi".

The pair have long been linked to the 22-year-old frontman, who's netted 15 times this season for the French outfit, but the Express says Spurs are likely to win the prize as they're "willing to spend £30m". The Belgian international has made no secret of his wish to play in the Premier League and it's expected he'll move to the Lane in the summer.

To make it even sweeter for Spurs, Batshuayi has also been a target for local rivals Arsenal, who curently sit third in the table behind Tottenham.

Earlier this week, former Spurs boss Harry Redknapp told the Evening Standard that the club could become the biggest team in London and the Lilywhites are certainly not shy of taking on their rivals. According to the Daily Star Tottenham have another of the capital's big guns in their sights as they battle for the signature of Jordan Lukaku - brother of Everton striker Romelu.

According to the paper Tottenham and Chelsea have both been tracking Lukaku, who's been in cracking form this season for Belgium outfit Oostende.

Chelsea, who at one time had Romelu on their books, see the 21-year-old Jordan - who won his first cap for Belgium last year - as one for the future. But so do Spurs and his bargain price of £3m is expected to lead to a bidding war at the end of the season.

Spurs transfer news: deals for Vertonghen, Kane, Eriksen

11 February

If Manchester City made the biggest splash of January's transfer window with their announcement about Pep Guardiola, Spurs can also claim a major coup with the news that, according to Mirror, Mauricio Pochettino will reject the advances of Manchester United and sign a new contract at White Hart Lane this season.

And with the managerial situation sorted, Pochettino is now expecting his top stars to follow suit. That's according to Metro, which says the north London club are offering improved contracts to Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Harry Kane.

Currently lying second in the table, Spurs believe they have the nucleus of a squad that can dominate English football for the foreseeable future, which is why Belgian defender Vertonghen has "already been offered an extension on his current deal".

The 28-year-old will be rewarded for his solid displays this season with a significant pay hike on his existing £40,000-a-week deal. And, the paper adds, Spurs are also "planning to tie down" Eriksen and Kane with new contracts in the coming weeks, just as they have with Dele Alli and Mousa Dembele in recent weeks.

Spurs transfer news: Levy comes to 'gentlemen's agreement' with WBA for Saido Berahino

8 February

What the Sunday Mirror describes as a "gentlemen's agreement" has been put in place between WBA owner Jeremy Peace and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy and as a consequence, the Lilywhites will have first refusal on Saido Berahino this summer. Spurs have been badgering the Baggies for months about the 22-year-old frontman, only to be knocked back each time by Peace.

Newcastle were then linked with a move for the youngster last month, but their £24m offer was allegedly also rejected. The Daily Mirror claims what's prompted Peace's change of heart is Tottenham's decision last week to loan Albion the highly rated midfielder Alex Pritchard.

The Baggies' owner appreciated the gesture, aware Pritchard was wanted by a number of Premier League clubs, and he is now prepared to sell Spurs Berahino if he wishes to leave at the end of the season. All Albion ask is that Tottenham match Newcastle's bid of £24m.

Spurs transfer news: young midfielder signs four year deal

04 February

Everything is going swimmingly at White Hart Lane at the moment, and after Spurs leapfrogged Arsenal in the Premier League table there was more good news with the announcement that Joshua Onomah has pledged his future to the club.

Following the 3-0 defeat of Norwich, which lifted Tottenham to third in the table, five points behind leaders Leicester, Spurs have now tied the young midfielder to the Lane for the next four years. Goal.com says that the 18-year-old Onomah, who has made eight appearances this season, is highly rated by manager Mauricio Pochettino, who is aware that other clubs have been taking an interest in the teenage playmaker.

"My dream was always to play for Spurs, and now I'm doing it," he told Spurs' official Twitter account. The deal is another sign of Spurs ambitions and according to Goal.com they now boast "the youngest average age of any squad in the league".

Meanwhile the Daily Star says Spurs are preparing to do battle with Arsenal over Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama. The paper claims that he is stalling on signing a new contract and will make a decision his future in the summer.

The Kenyan international is desperate to taste European competition and if the Saints miss out he's likely to move to one of the north London clubs, who are both looking good for a Champions League berth next season.

Spurs transfer news: fears over Dembele and Berahino deals

3 February

Tottenham Hotspur failed to land Fulham striker Moussa Dembele on Deadline Day despite thrashing out a £6m deal with their London rivals and now they could miss out on the teenage forward in the summer.

The arrangement fell through because Tottenham were unwilling to loan the player back to Fulham for the rest of the season, reports the Daily Express.

Dembele is out of contract at Craven Cottage in the summer and will be available on a free transfer when the transfer window reopens. But that could make Spurs's task even harder, says the Express. Manchester United are expected to join the hunt and Italian newspaper Corriere dello Sport has said Juventus will pursue a move.

And the Lilywhites have also missed out on another potential summer recruit, after Atletico Madrid striker Jackson Martinez quit Europe for the bright lights and massive paycheques of China in a shock €42m (£31.7m) deal, completed after the transfer window in Europe closed.

Spurs were reported to have made a €30m (£22.6m) offer in January for the player, who made his name at Porto. But website Sport Witness believes that may have been a red herring designed to make Martinez look more valuable to his new club, Guangzhou Evergrande.

Yet another striker who failed to move to Spurs in the transfer window was long-term target Saido Berahino of West Bromwich Albion. And according to Sky Sports the 22-year-old England man could now commit to the Baggies for the long term.

The player will hold talks with West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace over his future after failing to negotiate a move away from the Hawthorns in the summer and last month.

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