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Tottenham were reportedly interested in Leicester City star Riyad Mahrez and even enquired about his availability for a potential summer switch in the recently concluded winter transfer window. However, Leicester clearly insisted ‘Mahrez is not for sale at any price’.

Tottenham are about to witness yet another title challenge falter, as Chelsea are just 9 points ahead of them with 14 games left in the season.

It is quite fair to say that Spurs’ summer recruits have failed to live up to the expectations after yet another failure of their faulty transfer policy over the years. Meanwhile, Leicester City have seen a remarkable rise and fall within a span of one year.

The reigning champions are now engaged in a relegation battle with 5 other clubs and are facing the danger of becoming the second English club, after Manchester City, to be relegated the very next season after winning the league title.

Talking particularly, Riyad Mahrez has been a shadow of his former self this season, not showing any signs of a player that he was in the title-winning 2015/16 season. He has so far scored 3 and assisted 2 this season, compared to 17 goals and 11 assists last season, an unbelievable decline in numbers.

However, he cannot be the only one to carry this slump of the Foxes. It has been a collective failure of the Foxes and his partner in crime, Jamie Vardy, too has not replicated the fairy tale performance, and is being branded as a one season wonder.

Claudio Ranieri was right when he earlier pointed out that the last season was a dream and this season is a reality. While Vardy’s age works against him, Mahrez is only 25 years old. He certainly wouldn’t fancy playing in the Championship if the Foxes are relegated, and it would make sense for him to seek a move away from the club come summer of 2017.

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Though Leicester have warded off enquiries for the Algerian International, Spurs might very well come back with an official bid as the transfer looks increasingly likely, considering Leicester’s position. He would be a great addition for Tottenham if they do manage to secure the winger’s signature, and the fact that his price may be relatively lower, than an approximate £40 million valuation by the end of last season, will be the perfect opportunity for the Lilly-Whites.

Only if Spurs do manage to pull off this coup, their attack will get a whole new dimension overall. Mahrez is known to widen the gameplay and with his blistering pace, he can keep the opposition defenders well occupied, which in turn will bring the creative Tottenham midfielders and strikers into play. Jamie Vardy might have scored like a monster last season, but he thrived only because of the Algerian’s brilliance on and off the ball.

At Tottenham, he will have the likes of Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Dele Alli around him which will make his presence even more threatening and it will very well ease the burden off, which he is currently shouldering at Leicester.

The transfer seems to be a great prospect and Mahrez will certainly strengthen the Spurs’ attack, but we’ll have to wait to see if Tottenham go for the official bid and test Leicester’s resolve.

We believe they should!

 

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Tottenham interested in two youngsters plying their trade in Spain and Italy respectively

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Tottenham eyeing Celta Vigo winger Brais Mendez and Roma’s Lorenzo Pellegrino

Tottenham are interested in Celta Vigo’s 22-year-old winger Brais Mendez (h/t Guardian). The Spaniard has featured in 13 La Liga games for Celta Vigo this season but has no goals or assists.

Mendez had a better season last time around as he racked up 6 goals and 7 assists from 31 La Liga games.

The youngster has also played for the senior Spanish national team and scored the winner on his debut against Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Brais Mendez hasn’t scored or assisted a goal for Celta Vigo this season (Image credit: Getty)

Mendez has featured in several youth Spanish teams and started his career with Sardoma. He then moved to Santa Marina and Villarreal before landing up at Vigo. The 22-year-old mostly plays on the right of the attack but can also take up the role of a midfielder.

Lorenzo Pellegrini also an option for Spurs

The Guardian adds that Spurs are also keeping an eye on Lorenzo Pellegrini of AS Roma. The 23-year-old has featured for the Italian senior side this season and has done well there.

Pellegrini plays mostly on the left but can also do a job in the midfield. The 23-year-old has four assists from six Serie A games, and it will be interesting to see if we move for either player in the coming months.

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Lorenzo Pellegrini is a regular for the Italy national team (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham have several players in the final months of their contracts and we could lose them for nothing at the end of the campaign.

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Mendez and Pellegrini have a lot of potential and we could do with some more fresh faces joining us.

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Tottenham keen on 26-year-old star to replace Christian Eriksen

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Tottenham see Hakim Ziyech as Christian Eriksen’s replacement

Tottenham want to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziyech as Christian Eriksen’s replacement, according to the Express.

Ziyech helped Ajax reach the semi-finals of the Champions League last season. Tottenham also got a close look at the player during the semi-final as we beat them.

The 26-year-old Morocco international has been in decent form too. Ziyech has 6 goals and 11 assists in all competitions for Ajax and impressed in the 4-4 draw against Chelsea.

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Hakim Ziyech has been excellent for Ajax (Image credit: Getty)

The Moroccan bagged two assists in that Champions League game and has been involved in six goals in his past four outings.

Eriksen missing in action

Eriksen, for his part, hasn’t been as prolific as Ziyech this season. The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the campaign and only has two goals to his name in all competitions.

The report claims that Eriksen could leave in January or at the end of the season, and Spurs have identified his successor. Eriksen didn’t even come off the bench in our 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at the weekend.

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

The former Ajax man isn’t the only one who hasn’t done well this season, but we could do with more creativity in the final third. Ziyech can play in several positions and has been in good form for Ajax over the past few years.

The Moroccan was involved in 29 league goals last season and 24 goals in the season prior to that.

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Ziyech is capable of playing for most top teams in the world, and it will be interesting to see if we make a serious move for him soon.

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Tottenham to bid £50m for 25-year-old Ligue 1 star with Premier League experience

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Tottenham to bid £50m for Lyon star Memphis Depay

Tottenham are ready to bid £50million for former Manchester United star Memphis Depay, according to the Mirror.

The Dutch attacker struggled at Old Trafford after joining from PSV Eindhoven (h/t Mirror) and was sent out on loan to Lyon initially.

Depay did well there and moved permanently to the Ligue 1 club. The 25-year-old’s career has been revitalised since his move to France and he is a regular for the Dutch national team these days.

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

The attacker has scored 12 times for Lyon this season and is capable of playing anywhere across the front line.

Tottenham scouting Depay

Spurs are one of the clubs interested in the Dutchman and have scouted the 25-year-old during the two Champions League clashes between Lyon and Benfica (h/t Mirror).

The report claims that Spurs also got a chance to watch Depay’s teammate Moussa Dembele, however, the Dutch attacker is their main target for the moment.

United do have a buy-back clause in Depay’s contract and the report claims that his asking price would have increased a lot from the £15m Lyon paid to land him initially.

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Ryan Sessegnon came off the bench against Red Star in Serbia (Image credit: Getty)

Tottenham didn’t buy any all-out attackers during the summer, with Ryan Sessegnon the only one who can play wide. There is no senior cover for Harry Kane either, and it will be interesting to see if we move for Depay.

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Spurs have been struggling for form this season and their last match ended in a 1-1 draw against Sheffield United.

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Premier League rivals to make £42m January bid for 27-year-old Tottenham star

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Manchester United enter talks to sign Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen

Manchester United have opened negotiations to sign Christian Eriksen in the January transfer window, according to El Desmarque (h/t Express).

The 27-year-old Dane is a free agent at the end of the season and could leave for nothing in the summer.

Eriksen only has two goals to his name this season for us and was on the bench in our 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday.

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

The report claims that United tried to sign Eriksen during the summer. However, the Dane rebuffed advances from them as he wanted to play for Real Madrid (h/t Express).

The Dane has now given up on playing for Los Galacticos and United will try to land him in January (h/t Express).

The Red Devils will place a £42million bid for the Tottenham star in hopes of signing him before the summer window (h/t Express).

Tottenham in a tough position

Getting £42m for a player who is in the last six months of his contract would be a great deal for Tottenham. Eriksen just hasn’t clicked into gear this season and making some money during the winter window would be quite a wise move.

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

However, landing a replacement wouldn’t be easy in January and we could do with some fresh faces in the team. Giovani Lo Celso started his second game of the season against Sheffield United and could fill the gap left by Eriksen.

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The Argentine has struggled with injuries since joining Tottenham and has just one goal to his name all season.

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