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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly reigniting their interest in Inter Milan midfielder Geoffrey Kondogbia in the January transfer window.

According to reports in Sky Sports, the Lilywhites believe that their long-term target has improved his form at Valencia and hence want him as a long-term replacement for Mousa Dembele.

Two questions in this – 1) A replacement for Dembele? and 2) Why Kondogbia?

The first one is simple as the Belgian midfielder has entered into the final 18 months of his contract. I am not saying that Dembele is looking for a way out or the club is trying to look at alternatives. It is just a view of the club that Dembele’s position warrants a long-term candidate.

When he is fit and playing, Dembele is one of the best in the league. However, there lies the challenge; the Belgian often spends more time injured.

So, why Kondogbia? The 24-year-old has been our target for a long time now. Even during his time at Monaco, Spurs were regular admirers. But, the French midfielder snubbed the chance of signing for us and instead joined Inter Milan in 2015. He signed a five-year contract with Inter and made 43 starts in two seasons in the Serie A.

Kondogbia couldn’t establish himself at the Milan club and was deemed as surplus to requirements when Luciano Spalletti arrived in the summer. He went to Valencia on loan and that, in hindsight, is looking like a masterstroke.

Valencia are the surprise package of this season and are pushing Barcelona at the top of La Liga. I know it looks like a slight exaggeration but Valencia’s success has been due to the exploits of Kondogbia, at least partially.

So, will he sign for Tottenham? There is no doubt that the Frenchman is far better a player than what the La Liga portrays Kondogbia to be! It won’t be a surprise because Tottenham’s interest in the combative midfielder is because he is an ideal fit.

What do you think? Will Kondogbia be signed for the club or is it just a rumour?

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Tottenham handed major boost as Barcelona star picks up hamstring injury ahead of Champions League clash

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Football.london reports that Ivan Rakitic could be a doubt for our Champions League clash against Barcelona next month.

The Croatian was subbed in the 3-2 win over Spain in the Nations League and didn’t play against England recently.

An update on Barcelona’s Twitter account was posted and didn’t confirm when the player could be fit.

Should the hamstring strain be severe, the player could miss a month or more, and Tottenham need all the luck they can get in their Champions League group.

Tottenham might need to win both their clashes in the group, and they don’t come easy with us facing Inter Milan at Wembley before that big clash against Barcelona at the Nou Camp.

Spurs gave themselves a lifeline against PSV with a late win, and we need similar heroics when we face the Serie A side.

Inter Milan beat us 2-1 and we will have to win by two clear goals or by a scoreline of 1-0 to get a better head to head than our rivals.

Barcelona have had their own struggles with a porous defence, and they conceded four goals in a shock 4-3 loss to Real Betis at the Nou Camp.

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This should provide Spurs with some hope for the all-important clash and it will be better if some of the top Barca players can’t play the game.

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26-year-old Tottenham star finds himself on Juventus’ radar for the January window

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Juventus have made Christian Eriksen one of their top targets as they try to add quality in the winter window, according to Tuttosport (h/t Daily Mail).

The report adds that Paul Pogba, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey are all targets for the Serie A giants, and a reunion with the Manchester United man is their first choice.

Should a move not work out for Pogba, Eriksen is the man Juventus believe they can get. The Dane has struggled with injury this season at Tottenham and has recorded a single goal for the side.

Juventus have made it a habit of getting some quality players on the cheap and Eriksen is yet to sign a new deal with Spurs.

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The attacking midfielder has been missed this season but we have done a decent job without him. Spurs are fourth in the Premier League just five points behind Manchester City, and our next clash is against Chelsea after the international break.

Eriksen has had a tough time with an injury this season but has recovered from the abdominal issue. The 26-year-old played the entire 90 against Wales and is expected to play again before the end of the international break.

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Eriksen scored 10 goals and provided 10 assists for Spurs in the Premier League last season, and a similar return would be great after an injury-affected campaign.

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“Helped turn the game”, “Game changer” – Some Tottenham fans claims this star transformed England after coming on

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England looked set for more international heartbreak as Croatia were leading in their UEFA Nations League game.

The hosts then turned things up a notch after Jesse Lingard scored the equaliser and Tottenham star Harry Kane got the winner.

The England captain turned saviour for the side again, but another Tottenham man also turned the game on its head with his arrival.

Dele Alli didn’t start in the important clash against the Croatians but came on with around 30 minutes remaining in the tie.

The Englishman didn’t score or grab an assist but his attacking display helped England to the semi-finals of the competition.

The 22-year-old has struggled for goals and assists this season, but this performance certainly led to several Tottenham fans applauding the youngster.

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