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Manuel Lanzini

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is known to be constantly on the look-out for adding new talent. One of the latest names doing rounds in the market is Manuel Lanzini. (Football.london)

The Argentine playmaker is currently plying his trade at West Ham United and is considered as one of Pochettino’s long-time target. Lanzini joined the Hammers from the Argentine Club River Plate over a year ago. He initially joined the East London side on loan before finalising his permanent deal worth £70,000-per-week basic pay and a rumoured £85,000-a-week final salary.

I have always been a fan of Lanzini, having seen him notch consistently impressive performances for West Ham. In fact, the club officials had high hopes for him from day one, which was one of the reasons they did not fret over the departure of Dimitri Payet to Marseille.

Payet was considered a vital player for West Ham but once his mind was set on joining the French Ligue 1 side, the writing was on the transfer wall. However, Lanzini grew into that role and soon made the playmaking position his own.

The 24-year-old is widely considered as the biggest creative talent within this West Ham team that is struggling to hold its own. Mired in the relegation battle and with new manager David Moyes at the helm, West Ham are in deep problems but hope that Lanzini would steer them clear of it.

The Lilywhites, though, are interested in his services and according to reports from ESPN, Pochettino is confident of snaring his fellow countryman as he seeks to add more creative talent to his side.

How receptive will West Ham be for this transfer? I think it would be foolish for any side, let alone one that is fighting the relegation battle, to let go of a talented player like Lanzini.

Moyes has already made it clear that he wants the playmaker at the club to help his side stay up in the Premier League. However, if he can get a heavy price for the player, Moyes may be tempted to cash in and use the money to strengthen elsewhere.

But still, I doubt if Lanzini would make the move soon; not before next summer.

What’s your opinion?

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Incidents of alcohol and drug abuse surface among workers at Tottenham’s new stadium

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Construction News (h/t Independent) claims to have first-hand accounts of workers under the influence of alcohol and drugs at our new stadium.

Tottenham’s £850m new home has been hit by numerous delays and the club haven’t shared a final date for the launch of the stadium.

A source speaking to Construction News (h/t Independent) said:

“I’ve not worked on a site like that in a long, long time.

“There were people off their heads, drinking cans first thing in the morning before going on to site and snorting coke in the toilets.”

However, Mace have denied such claims and a company spokesperson claimed that tests were carried out regularly to ensure the safety of the staff.

The personnel was quoted by the Independent saying:

“We carry out regular random drugs and alcohol testing to ensure that our rules are enforced throughout our supply chain. Any concerns about specific health and safety risks should have been flagged to Mace health and safety staff on the project.”

Our new stadium was expected to be completed for the game against Liverpool on 15th September but Tottenham will continue playing their home games at Wembley.

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This latest report will be a further blow to Tottenham as the stadium is behind schedule and we had reported that the home might not be ready before 2019.

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“The season is saved”, “This is the signing you make?” – Some Spurs fans unhappy with latest deal by club

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Tottenham haven’t done all that well in recent games with three losses on the spin. The Premier League loss against Liverpool was tough to take but the 2-1 defeat at Inter Milan was even worse.

We were leading till the 85th minute before Mauro Icardi and Matias Vecino got the goals at San Siro.

Tottenham bounced back with a win against Brighton & Hove Albion but prior to that, the team had time to pose for a new range of apparel from Hugo Boss.

A post from the Spurs Twitter account revealed that our first-team squad would be sporting suits from the company from the ‘Create Your Look’ line.

Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Jan Vertonghen, Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and a host of other players and staff were pictured in the dapper suits.

It isn’t a surprise that teams are being sponsored by brands but this deal does come a little late, given that our season is well over a month in.

Some fans, however, were upset with the deal and here are some of those reactions from Twitter.

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Lamela stars: Player ratings from Tottenham’s 2-1 win over Brighton & Hove Albion

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Tottenham got back to winning ways after three successive defeats, thanks to goals from Harry Kane and Erik Lamela.

Glenn Murray handled the ball late in the first half which allowed Kane to score from the spot. The home team came at us with all they had in the second half and Paulo Gazzaniga pulled off a great save before Danny Rose crossed in for Lamela to slot in our second.

Anthony Knockaert pulled one back in stoppage time to make it a nervous last minute or so but we held on for all three points.

There were a few heroes on the pitch today and here are the player ratings from the game.

Paulo Gazzaniga – 6.5/10

The youngster did pretty well and made one good save to deny Knockaert. He couldn’t do much regarding the goal he conceded.

Kieran Trippier – 6/10

Trippier didn’t have the greatest time as he struggled a bit and even got a yellow card for a needless foul.

Toby Alderweireld – 7.5/10

The Belgian had a great chance to score early on and did a great job at keeping things tight for Spurs.

Jan Vertonghen – 7/10

Vertonghen didn’t have a lot to do at the back but he helped us to an important win in the final few minutes of the game.

Danny Rose – 7/10

Rose got the assist for the second goal but didn’t have the greatest of games for us. The Englishman should have done better for the goal we conceded.

Eric Dier – 5.5/10

This was another poor performance from the Englishman as he kept on making the wrong passes and losing possession.

Mousa Dembele – 7/10

The Belgian had a decent outing as his passing was good and kept things ticking for Spurs in the middle of the park.

Son Heung-min – 6/10

This was a quiet outing for the South Korean and he should have done more to help Spurs get all three points.

Christian Eriksen – 6/10

Another player who seemed to be out of touch was Eriksen. He must do a lot more if he is to keep his place in the team.

Lucas Moura – 6.5/10

The Brazilian tried to do things but they weren’t coming off. He did have a role in the second goal and was later subbed by Dele Alli.

Harry Kane – 6.5/10

Kane scored the penalty but couldn’t get another shot away as Brighton did well at keeping him quiet.

Substitutes

Erik Lamela – 7.5/10

The Argentine changed things as he provided an attacking outlet. He did well for the goal and maybe should start more games.

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Dele Alli – N/A

The Englishman didn’t have a lot of time to make a difference to the game.

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