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Pau Lopez

Tottenham have been given a deadline to sign young goalkeeper Pau Lopez, who was on loan with us last season (Evening Standard). We are yet to make a decision on whether we’ll sign the 22-year old on a permanent basis. We do have the option of signing the keeper for an amount of £6.2 million until the end of this month.

Espanyol chief executive Ramon Robert has now openly warned us that we have to complete a deal before the end of June, failing which, Pau Lopez will be an Espanyol player next season. The problem with a permanent transfer seems to be the fee, as Levy is trying to renegotiate the amount. However, the clubs are yet to reach an agreement.

Espanyol chief executive Ramon Robert was quoted as saying by the Evening Standard,

“There is an option to buy until June 30 and if Tottenham do not pay it, he will be an Espanyol player. If he wants to finish his career here, we will all be very happy to have him.”

Pau Lopez hardly played for the club last season and that might probably be the case next season as well if he moves in permanently, as Hugo Lloris is irremovable from the lineup. Michel Vorm’s contract expires next summer and he will undoubtedly remain as the second choice keeper behind Lloris.

However, Lopez would be getting the chance to work alongside one of the finest goalkeepers in Hugo Lloris and on of the best young managers in Mauricio Pochettino. This would do a world of good to the young lad, which would be immense to his development.

The transfer fee of £6.2 million is obviously too steep for a third-choice keeper and it is only logical on our part to stall on the deal. It’d be wise if we spent only half of that amount and spending £6.2 million would be absolutely nuts.

I wouldn’t be surprised if we choose not to sign Pau Lopez permanently. But I’d be happy if we did, solely because the lad seems talented.

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Lamela and Gazzaniga to start: Predicted Tottenham line-up against Watford in Carabao Cup

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Tottenham’s next clash is against Watford in the Carabao Cup as we play at Stadium MK. The ground was selected after Wembley was unavailable on the date of the game and Spurs should come in with high spirits after their 2-1 win over Brighton.

The win over the weekend stopped our run of three consecutive losses. However, another win cannot be taken for granted, given that we lost to the same opposition a couple of weeks ago.

Tottenham must also have one eye on the Premier League game against Huddersfield later in the week and here is our predicted line-up for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Predicted Tottenham XI

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Manager: Mauricio Pochettino

Paulo Gazzaniga (GK)

The Argentine was decent between the sticks and should continue in goal as Michel Vorm has a slight injury.

Serge Aurier (RB)

The former PSG man didn’t play in the win over Brighton and should get a start in place of Kieran Trippier.

Davinson Sanchez

Davinson Sanchez (CB)

Sanchez was another player who did not play against the Seagulls but he must be at his best if we are to win over the Hornets.

Jan Vertonghen (CB)

It is a tough call between Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld but Jan just gets the nod ahead of his Belgian teammate.

Ben Davies (LB)

Davies didn’t play on Saturday and Pochettino must rest Danny Rose ahead of our clash against Huddersfield.

Harry Winks (CM)

The youngster didn’t start the game against Brighton and should be one of our two central midfielders in this clash.

Victor Wanyama (CM)

Wanyama needs minutes under his belt and this is the best opportunity for the Kenyan to showcase his fitness and abilities.

Erik Lamela (RAM)

The Argentine had an instant impact as he scored a goal coming off the bench. And Lamela should start the game against the Hornets.

Dele Alli (AM)

Alli must be back to full fitness as he came on as a sub in our last game. We need the Englishman to do well since his form hasn’t been great this season.

Son Heung-min (LAM)

Another player who hasn’t been at his best this season, the South Korean has to pick it up to keep his spot on the team.

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Fernando Llorente (ST)

Harry Kane needs a break and even though Llorente hasn’t seen a lot of game time, the Spaniard must start at Stadium MK.

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“What a player he was”, “Great goal” – Some Spurs fans go down memory lane about former superstar’s incredible goal

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Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle

Glenn Hoddle was in the news recently as he ripped Tottenham’s defence to shreds post our defeat at San Siro.

The former player and manager wasn’t happy with the lack of commitment from the team and did make sense while criticising some players.

The Tottenham Twitter account posted an old video of Hoddle in his prime. The former player scored a wonderful goal in 1983 as he produced magic against Watford.

The touch, the turn and the finish are unbelievable, to say the least. The 60-year-old now enjoys his time as a pundit but is one of the best English players of his time and this goal more than proves it.

The midfielder won two FA Cups and a UEFA Cup with us during the 80s and it is no wonder some Spurs fans turned the clock back and praised Hoddle.

Read more: “I’m happy at Tottenham” – Star claims he has work to do at Spurs despite interest from Bayern Munich

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Former Tottenham star refutes claims of wanting to leave the club

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Former Tottenham defender Kyle Walker has refuted claims from Mauricio Pochettino which suggested the player wanted to leave Spurs.

The Daily Mail reports that Pochettino’s book claimed that Walker wanted to leave at the end of the 2016/17 season.

However, the Manchester City man claims the Argentine did not view the defender as part of his plans. Walker was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying:

“He told me I wasn’t in his plan.”

The Englishman was further upset about Pochettino revealing these details which he thought was private.

“If he was going to do that he might as well have called a press conference and told everyone. He told one side of the story, but it’s a side of a story I don’t agree with.

“He said he had a witness in there, but he didn’t tell the correct story, no way. Up until now I have never said my part. I have stayed quiet and showed a level of respect to Tottenham and I always will.”

The right-back claimed he got his chances due to the manager but wanted everyone to know what really happened regarding his transfer to City.

Walker did pick up a Premier League title with Pep Guardiola last season but expressed his gratitude as well.

“I was young, needed to improve and he improved me.

“He taught me to look after myself, eat right and rest. I will never forget how much he did.”

The 28-year-old is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League but it was a bit concerning when we sold him and only had Kieran Trippier in the side.

Read more: Tottenham star moves up in list of top scorers after goal against Brighton

Tottenham have two quality right-backs in Serge Aurier and Trippier and the Englishman has certainly improved a lot in the last season or so.

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