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Mauricio Pochettino has hinted that Tottenham are likely to enter into the transfer market and make some substantial inroads only in the final few days. Spurs have recovered their form and are just one place behind the top four. However, there has always been the need for more players in the Spurs team in order to encounter games from three different competitions.

The FA Cup is set to start soon and Spurs are likely to have this competition in mind. It would have to be focused along with the Europa League knockout stages. Unlike in the last few seasons, Spurs cannot afford to take the Europa League lightly since it now offers a viable chance to get into the group stages of the Champions League. For this reason, strengthening the squad with the addition of a couple of players could help the team go much further ahead into the season.

Pochettino admitted that it has always been difficult to improve the squad in January. However, it should not prevent Spurs from even trying. The manager has given the biggest hint that Spurs may be prepared to wait until the last day in order to secure signings on a bargain. The club waited on Sissoko with a similar thought only to shell out £30 million. Pochettino was quoted by the Sky Sports saying;

“Maybe on the last day, maybe. It’s like before.

“It’s too difficult to improve your squad in January, for all the club. I don’t expect too much movement.

“I am happy with the squad. At the same time I recognise it is always very difficult to improve the squad in January.”

Spurs collapsed towards the end of last season and ended up finishing third in the league table when it seemed that the second place seemed destined for the club. As a result, they finished once again behind rivals Arsenal. Pochettino has to avoid a similar collapse at all costs, and one of the ways is by strengthening the team.

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The club has been linked with Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace in the last few weeks. The England winger is reportedly unhappy at Selhurst Park, and the arrival of Sam Allardyce is expected to only accelerate his exit away from the relegation threatened club. He is expected to cost in the region of £15 million, although some reports have even indicated that Tottenham are preparing a £25 million bid to complete the move after failing in their attempts to sign him in the summer. Daily Star reports that Palace rejected Tottenham’s £15m and £18m bids during the summer window.

Spurs spent £70 million in the summer on new players like Vincent Janssen, Victor Wanyama, and Moussa Sissoko. Apart from Wanyama and Sissoko, most of those names have been extremely poor. There is a lot of cash crunch at the club due to the extravagant construction work for the new stadium. Being built at a cost of £600 million, this new stadium is expected to be ready for the 2018-19 season. Spurs are unlikely to spend more than £20 million in January, and Zaha could be a good fit for the situation.

 

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Spurs boss Mourinho keen on signing Serbian ace from La Liga giants

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Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic

Jose Mourinho is interested in signing Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic int he January transfer window. (h/t Express)

The Portuguese manager sees the Serbian international as an ideal replacement for the injured Harry Kane. Tottenham are short of strikers following Kane’s injury and are expected to make a move for a player this month.

The lack of a specialist striker could make the difference for Spurs in the top four race with less than half a season to play. It is debatable if Tottenham could have taken more against the likes of Liverpool and Watford if they had a specialist leading the line.

The latest name to emerge in the Spurs merry go round is Luka Jovic. The Serbian has failed to impress following his €65million move to the Spanish capital. Jovic has made 18 appearances for the Los Blancos and has scored just 1 goal and 1 assist. (h/t Whoscored)

Luka Jovic

According to Spanish outlet Defensa Central (h/t Express), Mourinho hopes to use his good relations with Real president Fiorentino Perez to leverage a deal for the striker.

An expensive mistake?

Jovic is undoubtedly a good player and has his best years ahead of him. He is unhappy at Real Madrid and could be open to a move, but it begs the question if Spurs should spend big on a player who will play second fiddle to Harry Kane once the striker returns.

Having cost €65million just a season ago, Real will expect to recoup as much of the fee as they can. Having seen Spurs balk at paying 30 million for Krzystof Piatek, it’s hard to see Levy pay more Jovic.

It makes sense for us to pursue a loan deal for the striker this month and continue to search for a financially viable alternative we can sign in the summer.

Such a deal should give Spurs the player we need, Jovic the playtime he seeks and if all goes well, Real also get an in house option to be Karim Benzema’s successor.

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The 22-year old had scored 27 goals in 48 games for Eintracht Frankfurt before moving to Real. Tottenham will hope that the player can rediscover his scoring touch with a fresh start in North London.

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Tottenham target this Algerian star to replace Harry Kane

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Islam Slimani emerges as Tottenham Hotspur target

Tottenham Hotspur are keen on Algerian star Islam Slimani to step in for the injured Harry Kane in the January transfer window. (h/t Daily Mail)

Tottenham are currently without a senior striker with Heung Son-Min and Lucas Moura having to step in for the injured Harry Kane. The lack of a specialist striker has shown, with Spurs scoring just thrice in four games following Kane’s injury.

Spurs have been linked with a plethora of strikers such as Victor Osimhen, Edinson Cavani and Ze Luis. The club looked to have been on the verge of signing Krzysztof Piatek, but it now looks like the deal is off.

The latest name to emerge is that of Slimani who is currently on loan at Monaco from Leicester City.

Islam Slimani

The Algerian has been prolific at Monaco and has scored 7 goals and 7 assists in 14 matches. (h/ Whoscored)

An ideal short term solution!

Harry Kane is the undisputed first choice when fit and it is hard to see Spurs sign a top striker who is ready to play second fiddle to the England captain.

At 31, Slimani is approaching the twilight of his career and should be open to a move to a club of Tottenham’s stature. A physically imposing player, he is capable of playing as the target man that upfront.

Not only will he get opportunities to play but will be happy to play second fiddle to Kane once he returns from injury. Slimani has played 47 games for Leicester in the Premier League and is familiar with the physical aspect of the game.

The Algerian should be able to perform for 3 seasons which also gives time for Spurs to scout upcoming talents or develop academy talents.

Aston Villa are also interested in signing the player. Monaco do have the option of signing the player at the end of his loan and may choose to exercise it. Leicester are reluctant to sell the Algerian to a direct top four rival and will prefer to sell the player elsewhere.

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Slimani has played 68 times for Algeria and has scored 29 goals. He was part of the Algerian team that won the Africa Cup of Nations in 2019. (h/t Whoscored)

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Injured Tottenham star hints possible return to training

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Midfielder Tanguy Ndombele has hinted at a return to action

Tanguy Ndombele has provided some much-needed good news to Tottenham fans by hinting at a return to training in the near future.

The French star has posted a cryptic message on his Instagram page raising hopes of a quick return. (h/t Football London)

The 23-year-old, who is Tottenham’s record signing, has not featured for the club since limping off injured in the 1-0 loss to Southampton.

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Tanguy Ndombele scored against Aston Villa on his Premier League debut (Image credit: Getty)

Ndombele’s return will come as a blessing as Mourinho is short of midfield options. Moussa Sissoko is out injured till April and Christian Eriksen’s future remains uncertain.

The Frenchman’s move hasn’t gone according to plan, with him scoring just 2 times and assisting 3 in 20 appearances. Injuries haven’t helped his cause either, missing 7 games so far this season out injured. (h/t Whoscored)

The right player at the right time?

Tottenham’s midfield predicament could prove to be Ndombele’s salvation. The French international brings pace and dynamism which is sorely lacking in the midfield – more so since the loss of Sissoko.

Harry Winks is too lightweight and was physically overwhelmed by the Watford midfield. The addition of Ndombele should help negate that to a point. An athletic player with an eye for goal, Ndombele’s forward runs can also relieve the pressure on Heung Min-Son and Lucas Moura. Both of whom have struggled in the absence of a specialist striker.

Chelsea aren’t in the best of form and haven’t been able to pull away in spite of Spurs poor form of late. A resurgent Ndombele and an improving Giovani Lo Celso could be the difference makers in Spurs making the Champions League next season.

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Tottenham next face bottom-placed Norwich City. With 8 points separating us from Chelsea in fourth, nothing less than a win will do.

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Tottenham boss Mourinho provides exciting transfer update on 23-year-old starlet

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Tottenham are likely to sign Giovani Lo Celso on a permanent deal

Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed that the club are likely to make Giovani Lo Celso’s loan deal permanent. (h/t Football.London)

Lo Celso joined Tottenham on loan in August, with the option of making the deal permanent. Injuries had limited his appearances on the pitch, with him making only nine appearances for Spurs in his first four months at the club.

The 23-year-old has played in the last 6 games for Tottenham, with impressive performances against Liverpool and Middlesbrough.

Giovani Lo Celso

It appears that the club will tie him down to a long-term deal after his performances over the past few weeks.

According to the terms of the loan, the move becomes permanent at the end of the season if the club finishes in the top four. Spurs also have the option of making the move permanent in January for a lower fee.

Tottenham can activate the deal in January to sign Lo Celso for £27million as opposed to paying £34million in the summer (h/t Daily Mail).

Speaking on the midfielder’s future, Mourinho was optimistic about the deal being made permanent.

“I think Giovani is going to stay with us.”

Mourinho was also full of praise for the midfielder who scored against Middlesbrough.

“Amazing kid. Quiet. Waiting for his opportunities. Opportunities are coming step by step. I am very, very happy with him.”

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The mandatory clause to purchase Lo Celso in the summer is binding only if Tottenham qualify for the Champions League. Even then, Spurs will only be getting 80% of the player’s rights, with Betis retaining the other 20%.

Lo Celso has made 19 appearances for Argentina and has scored 2 goals. He was a part of the Argentina squad for the 2019 Copa America.

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