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The lure of Champions League football will certainly help Tottenham attract a large number of players to White Hart Lane next season but there still is a problem, Tottenham have a tough fight on their hands to get the players they want.

The only thing that could work in their favour is ‘first mover’s advantage’ and if Spurs can quickly negotiate and close the deals they are going into; it would certainly help them with their squad as they look to win the Premier League next season.

The Champions League will also be a great test of Mauricio Pochettino’s ability as a manager but that can only happen once he has a decent squad. Tottenham do have a jewel in their manager and here are five transfers which Spurs just cannot afford to miss out on.

Alexandre Lacazette

The French striker might not be in the best of forms but he is certainly one of the best finishers in the game. Lyon certainly have no real chance of winning the Ligue 1 title next season and Lacazette might want a fresh challenge as he looks for a club who give him Champions League football as well. The 25-year-old striker seems to be in advanced negotiations with Spurs and certainly would provide Harry Kane and company a lot of relief as he looks to bang in the goals for Spurs.

Franco Vazquez

The Palermo midfielder can play in a range of positions and hasn’t been linked with a big money move to one of the bigger clubs in England or Spain. That could be the silver lining for Spurs as they look to add quality to a midfield that was often run ragged when key players were missing. Vazquez would certainly help Spurs keep things tight in midfield and can go about attacking as well, he might be 27-years-old but this is one of the signings which can actually take place for Pochettino.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

The Armenian was one of the stars of the Bundesliga as he scored 21 goals and provided 20 assists for Borussia Dortmund last season. Mkhitaryan is incredible with his range of passing and his linkup play with the attackers. The 27-year-old is just hitting his peak and could be a valuable addition to Tottenham as they look to give support to players such as Christian Eriksen, Dele Alli and Erik Lamela, who are seen as the creative inputs for the team. Henrikh would certainly put Tottenham on another level if he is signed up and this could be the biggest deal Spurs pull off in the summer.

Samuel Umtiti

Another player from Lyon who has been linked with a move away from the Ligue 1 club is Samuel Umtiti. The 22-year-old was one of the standout performances for the French club and seeing that he is a defender would certainly help Spurs who did struggle for cover in that particular region last season. Umtiti is young and could be moulded really well under the leadership of Pochettino and would also provide a lot of quality competition for the likes of Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer.

Vincent Janssen

It seems that the manager likes young strikers in the team and another one he seems to have scouted and seen in action is Vincent Janssen. The striker was the top scorer in the Eredivisie with 27 goals for AZ Alkmaar and at just 21 years of age, he would be another one who stars as one of the young brigade for Pochettino. Janssen certainly is being linked with a few top clubs but he does seem to be a better bet than Michy Batshuayi and Breel Embolo at the moment.

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“My goal is to be ready for January” – Injured Tottenham star provides update as rehab continues

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Hugo Lloris confident of Tottenham return in January

Tottenham captain Hugo Lloris is expecting to return to action in January and is positive about his time away from football.

The 32-year-old dislocated his elbow in the 3-0 loss to Brighton in October and had to undergo surgery recently too.

Lloris is expected to be out till 2020, but the Frenchman is confident he will be back in January.

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Hugo Lloris during a training session (Image credit: Tottenham Twitter)

The World Cup winner was speaking to French outlet M6 and added he would be back to his best (h/t Football.london):

“Everything is well. There can always be hazards, but my goal is to be ready for January.

“Whether it’s the beginning, the middle or the end, I don’t know. In any case, I’ll take time to make sure I’m well healed and that I can come back in top form.”

The Frenchman added that he was using this time to “regenerate” himself. Lloris also was spending more time with his family and was looking forward to getting the right rehab too:

“I’m in good hands and we’re moving forward calmly. Everything’s been done as it should have been. Now, we have to focus on rehabilitation, strengthening, gradually gaining mobility and confidence.”

Lloris should take his time to return

The 32-year-old doesn’t need to rush his return as we have a decent back-up at the moment.

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Dele Alli with Paulo Gazzaniga after the 1-1 draw against Watford (Image credit: Getty)

Paulo Gazzaniga was impressive in the previous campaign when he took over from Lloris. The Argentine has been good this season too and has put in some excellent performances too.

Lloris should only return to the side when he is 100% healed and ready for first-team action.

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The injury he sustained seemed to be a serious one, and all precautions need to be taken before bringing the captain back.

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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.

Gareth Southgate
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.

Giovani Lo Celso
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.

Christian Eriksen
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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