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Friendly with MK Dons confirmed

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A Spurs XI side will travel to Stadium:MK on Tuesday July 26th to take on League 1 side MK Dons in a pre-season friendly.

More information available on the official Tottenham Hotspur website.

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Tottenham in talks for dominant Serie A defender worth €120m

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Tottenham are interested in Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly

Tottenham are interested in Senegalese center-back Kalidou Koulibaly, who is reportedly unsettled at Napoli. (h/t Football London)

The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Manchester United during Jose Mourinho’s tenure and the Portuguese manager seems set to renew his interest in bringing the towering defender to Spurs.

Spurs have had the worst defensive record in the league since Mourinho arrived. With senior players such as Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose not committing and Toby Alderweireld looking off the pace, Mourinho has admitted that he is unsure of our best defensive setup. (h/t Daily Mail)

A defensive rebuild is on the cards as Mourinho must build a competitive Tottenham team going into the new decade.

Kalidou Koulibaly
Kalidou Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world (Image credit: Getty)

Koulibaly is one of the best defenders in the world and would be the ideal player to build our defence around. His performances last season were rewarded with the inaugural Serie A best defender award.

An aggressive defender, Koulibaly is as quick as he is strong while being an excellent passer of the ball. The Senegalese moved to Napoli in 2014 and has made 226 appearances for the Italian giants. (h/t Whoscored)

According to El Desmarque, Tottenham are in talks with Napoli with a fee of around €100m being touted. (h/t Football London)

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With his contract running until 2023, Napoli are in a position of strength and have placed a price tag of €120million on the player.

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Wolverhampton Wanderers: Can Spurs close the gap to Fourth?

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Predicted Spurs XI vs Wolves

Eighth placed Tottenham Hotspur travel to the Molineux this Sunday to take on Wolverhampton Wanderers knowing a win can take them to as high as 5th depending on other results. Chelsea’s loss to Bournemouth on Saturday will leave Tottenham just 3 points off the fourth spot if they beat Wolves. With recent chinks showing in Chelsea’s armor, Mourinho must believe that the fourth spot is there for the taking. Coupled with Manchester United’s recent resurgence and a gritty Sheffield United side in the mix, it becomes imperative that Tottenham take the maximum points back to North London.

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Jose Mourinho could find himself just 3 points off fourth with a win (Image credit: Getty)

With progress to the last 16 guaranteed, Mourinho chose to rest a number of his starting players for the midweek clash against Bayern Munich. Tottenham could have as many as 6 changes to the team that started midweek with the likes to Kane, Verthonghen, Alli, Son, Sanchez and Aurier returning to the starting XI.

Given Mourinho’s recent comments, Giovani Lo Celso looks likely to start from the bench at best.

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Injuries

Club Captain Hugo Lloris (elbow), Ben Davies (ankle), Erik Lamela (Hamstring), Tanguy Ndombele (Groin) and Michel Vorm (calf) are ruled out of the clash whereas Harry Winks is doubtful with an ankle injury.

Suspensions

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Formation

Mourinho has so far refused to deviate from the 4-2-3-1 since he took over and should continue to do so in this game as well.

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Spurs look set to use the 4-2-3-1 formation once again   (buildelineup)

With Hugo Lloris and Michel Vorm both ruled out,Gazzaniga is all set to continue in goal.

Mourinho seems to prefer a backline of Verthonghen,Alderweireld,Sanchez and Aurier and it’s unlikely that any of them will be dropped unless there is a last-minute injury.

With Ndombele and Winks out injured and Lo Celso, not in favor, Sissoko and Dier should start in midfield behind the triad of Son, Alli and Moura with Harry Kane upfront.

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The Irishmen of the Lane

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Troy Parrott is the latest addition to the Spurs lineup. The Dublin-born rising star graduated from Tottenham’s youth academy this year, joining the senior team. He has yet to show his worth in a league game but he was included in the club’s UEFA Champions League squad, and manager Mauricio Pochettino said he is a fan, too. Football is the , producing many talented players who sometimes join teams in the Premier League. Before Parrott, the Spurs had several others among their ranks – let’s remember them today.

Robbie Keane

Robbie Keane while playing for Tottenham

When Robbie Keane joined the Spurs in 2002, then-manager Glenn Hoddle expected him to find a “spiritual home” at White Hart Lane – and he did. During his first six years there, he made top scorer several times and was selected Player of the Year three times during his career with the Spurs. He left the Lane in 2008 but returned a year later. After two more years – and two loan spells – he left England to continue playing overseas with LA Galaxy.

Keane is remembered fondly by the Spurs’ fans and is seen as a type of role model by Troy Parrott himself.

Tony Galvin

Galvin was spotted by Bill Nicholson while playing for the Northern Premier League club Goole Town in 1978, and he lived up to his expectations. During his nine seasons at the Lane, he played in 201 league games (273 games in total) as a winger, scoring 20 (31) goals, including a hat-trick in 1986, in a match against Southampton. He was part of one of the Spurs’ most successful squads that won the FA Cup in 1981 and 1982, and the UEFA Cup a year later. After a change in management, David Pleat sold him to Sheffield Wednesday in 1987.

Chris Hughton

Hughton joined the Spurs at the age of 13 and joined the senior team in 1977 as a part-timer – he also trained as a lift engineer – then went full-time professional player in 1979. He made his debut with the first team the same year, playing as a winger at first. Later, he converted to a full-back capable of playing on both sides, eventually settling for a left-back position. To this day, Hughton is considered one of the best defenders the Lane has ever seen. He played with the Spurs for 13 years – he left for West Ham in 1990, then moved on to Brentford in 1992 from where he ultimately retired. He returned to the Spurs in 1993 as a coach, serving until October 2007 under 11 different managers, and also acting as a caretaker in two separate spells.

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Tottenham could lose out on Serie A sensation as French giants are keen on 25-year-old star

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Tottenham could lose out on Paulo Dybala due to PSG’s interest in Argentine

Tottenham could be beaten in the race for Juventus forward Paulo Dybala in the January window.

The Argentine was close to joining Spurs in the summer but no deal could be finalised for the attacker (h/t BBC).

Dybala remained with the Turin giants but was on the bench in the 4-3 win over Napoli. The 25-year-old played for the national side in a friendly against Chile, which also featured Giovani Lo Celso.

The Express (h/t Sun) claims that Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the Argentine and are considering signing him on loan in January.

The report adds that Tottenham are still interested in the former Palermo star but face competition from the Ligue 1 giants.

Do PSG need more attackers?

The French champions have one of the best strike-forces in the game, consisting the likes of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Angel Di Maria.

They also brought in Mauro Icardi on loan for the season and it would be crazy if they signed Dybala too.

Spurs could do with more attacking options given that we lost Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen in the summer and didn’t replace the pair.

Relying on Harry Kane for the entire season is a bit of a risky move, although we have some talented youngsters in the side.

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Signing Dybala even on loan would be good, and it will be interesting to see how things develop once the winter transfer window opens.

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