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Reputed journalist claims Arsenal are in the race for €80m-rated Tottenham target

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Nicolas Pepe

Tottenham are interested in Lille winger Nicolas Pepe but the selling price of the Ivorian could be a stumbling block for Spurs, according to Duncan Castles (h/t Daily Star). Pepe has been in fantastic form for the Ligue 1 side with 15 goals and 7 assists from 22 league games this season.

The journalist claims that the winger is worth €80m, and it is to be seen if Spurs can spend that much for the winger. Castles further added that Arsenal are also interested in the 23-year-old while speaking on the Transfer Window podcast (h/t Daily Star):

“He’s in that young age range and would be that kind of Son Heung-min of a few years ago.

“Lille want €80m for him. The president’s said publicly, the player doesn’t leave unless we’re paid €80m and he’s confident he’ll get that from somewhere in this window or the next window.

“Are Tottenham able to do that? Maybe if they are able to do it in the summer if they sell one of their top players.”

The journalist added that Spurs were interested in Frenkie de Jong too, but the midfielder swapped Ajax for Barcelona.

Frenkie de Jong

Castles further put doubt on the move by claiming that Spurs would have to convince Pepe to join, as the winger would receive more lucrative offers from other clubs.

Tottenham are set to finish the second transfer window in a row without a new addition, and it will be difficult to stay competitive without adding new players to the team.

Pepe seems to be having a great time with Lille, but Spurs have been burnt before regarding some of their non-British signings.

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Tottenham have struggled to see the best of Vincent Janssen, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou and even Kevin Wimmer in recent years, and we cannot make these mistakes in the transfer window any more.

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Levy keeping tabs on three managers as Poch under pressure ahead of West Ham game

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Daniel Levy keeping tabs on three managers as possible replacements for Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham’s season hasn’t gone to plan this time around as we lie 14th in the Premier League.

Spurs haven’t pushed on from the Champions League final from last season, and have lost a lot of ground in the race for the top four.

We have also exited the Carabao Cup in the first round to Colchester and lost 7-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

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Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham are also without a win in their last five Premier League games, and the Telegraph (h/t Express) claims that Mauricio Pochettino could be sacked if we don’t beat West Ham.

The report claims that Daniel Levy is reluctant to pay Pochettino’s £12.5m compensation fee, but is keeping tabs on three managers.

Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is one candidate as the Englishman has brought the Cherries up from the lower leagues to the Premier League.

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann is another option, and his new team have done well in his first season in charge.

The third option, according to the report, is England manager Gareth Southgate.

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Gareth Southgate led England to the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham have other options too

Sacking Pochettino midway through the season could also see other managers take up the role.

The report adds that Max Allegri and Jose Mourinho are free agents in the manager market.

Allegri left Juventus at the start of the season and was replaced by Maurizio Sarri while Mourinho hasn’t managed since the Red Devils sacked him last year.

Pochettino is still one of the best in the business but he needs to turn our season around fast.

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We are 11 points behind fourth-placed Manchester City and need to go on a winning run to close that gap down.

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Man United could scupper Tottenham’s £50m pursuit of this 11-goal attacker

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Manchester United could scupper Tottenham’s move for Memphis Depay

Manchester United could block Tottenham’s hopes of signing Memphis Depay, according to the Sun.

Tottenham have been linked with a £50million move for the Dutch attacker as they are struggling in 14th place in the league (h/t Sun).

Depay has been in great form for Lyon, having scored 11 goals this season. However, the Ligue 1 giants have confirmed that United have the first option to buy their former star (h/t Sun).

Memphis Depay
Memphis Depay in action for the Netherlands (Image credit: Getty)

The Dutch international couldn’t make it at Old Trafford and joined Lyon in 2017 for a fee of £16m (h/t Sun).

Lyon don’t want to sell Depay

Lyon claim that Depay is happy at the club and wants to extend his stay beyond 2021 (h/t Sun).

However, they are also struggling in Ligue 1 and that could tempt the 25-year-old to return to Old Trafford in January (h/t Sun).

Manchester United have also struggled with consistency this season and lie seventh, nine points off fourth-placed Manchester City.

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Giovani Lo Celso with Mauricio Pochettino (L) against Red Star Belgrade (Image credit: Getty)

The Red Devils are also interested in signing a forward in January (h/t Sun), and it will be interesting to see if Depay is on the move then.

The Lyon certainly has reinvigorated his career in Lyon and could do a decent job for any top club in the world.

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He has become a regular for the national side too, and Spurs could move for him if United don’t use their clause (h/t Sun).

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Serie A giants already planning for this Tottenham star’s potential arrival

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Inter Milan planning for Christian Eriksen’s summer arrival

Inter Milan are preparing for the arrival of Christian Eriksen in the summer, according to Gazzetta Dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato).

The Dane is a free agent at the end of the season and hasn’t been at his best for Tottenham.

Eriksen has scored a couple of goals for us in this campaign. The 27-year-old was a substitute in the win over Red Star Belgrade and was unused in our draw against Sheffield United.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

Giovani Lo Celso has started both the above-mentioned games for Spurs, and it will be interesting to see if the Argentine replaces Eriksen in the first-team.

The former Real Betis man struggled with injuries after joining but scored on his first start for the club against Red Star.

Inter are also interested in other January moves, and it will be interesting to see what happens with Eriksen (h/t Calciomercato).

Tottenham’s January decision

Spurs can make some money by selling Eriksen in January, however, the Dane has to be open to leaving the club then.

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Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup (Image credit: Getty)

A move in the summer would hand us no money and it will be tough finding a like-for-like replacement for the Dane.

Tottenham have other stars who are free agents at the end of the campaign too.

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Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are on the final year of their contracts, and the pair didn’t start in the 1-1 draw against Sheffield either.

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“Levy told me there was no new contract” – Tottenham star confirms plan to see out deal and leave

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Danny Rose plans to see out his Tottenham contract

Danny Rose wants to see out his Tottenham contract and leave as a free agent in 2021.

The English defender was allowed to find a new club in the summer but was unable to leave Spurs (h/t Telegraph).

Rose has been our first-choice left-back this season but we have also signed Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.

Danny Rose
Danny Rose has been our first-choice left-back this season (Image credit: Getty)

Sessegnon has struggled with injuries since joining while Ben Davies signed a new deal at the start of the campaign.

Rose was speaking ahead of England’s international games and wanted to address his future (h/t Telegraph):

“It’s pretty obvious what happened [in the summer].

“People upstairs at Tottenham were trying to do what they were trying to do. I’ve said [to them] I’ve got 18 months left on my contract and I’m not going anywhere until my contract has ­finished.”

The left-back also spoke about not getting a new deal by the club:

“[Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy told me in the summer there was no new contract for me at Tottenham, which is fine. I respect that. We move on.”

Rose has no problems with Pochettino

The 29-year-old also praised Mauricio Pochettino and claimed the Argentine has been supportive throughout his career at Tottenham.

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Danny Rose tried to seal an exit in the summer window (Image credit: Getty)

Rose has played 11 games for us this season, however, he only has one assist to his name so far.

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Sessegnon and Davies could do the job in the left-back position, and it will be interesting to see how many games Rose plays till the end of the campaign.

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