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Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has confirmed that no approach has been made by Tottenham for highly-rated defender Nathan Ake, according to Sky Sports.

The Dutchman has been linked with Tottenham in recent times and Sky Sports has claimed that we’re closely scouting some defensive recruitments.

Ake has been impressive for Bournemouth this season after joining them from Chelsea in 2017 for a fee of £20m.

When asked about the transfer links, Eddie Howe said,

“I think that’s a compliment to Nathan and how he’s played since he signed for us permanently.”

“He’s been a model of consistency. He picked up all the player awards that he did at the end of last season and he’s carried that form into this [season].”

“[There has been] nothing from our side, where it comes from I don’t know. It’s inevitable [to be linked] when the team is doing well people will naturally highlight our players, potential players who can go on and play at a higher level.

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Furthermore, Howe also added that the speculation won’t affect the youngster. He also claimed that the 23-year-old was an important part of the club’s plans.

In my opinion, this isn’t a huge blow for us. Ake has been terrific for Bournemouth but whether or not he is a player capable of playing for such a big club as ours is debatable.

Chelsea have sold numerous youngsters in the past and Ake is one of them but there is a reason they’ve sold him. With all due respect to Nathan Ake, we should sign a top-class, established defender to deal with departures if any.

If we are to challenge for top honours, we must look at players bigger than Nathan Ake in terms of quality and experience.

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Tottenham face competition from PSG for this 24-year-old Premier League defender

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Tottenham face additional competition for the signing of Manchester United defender Eric Bailly, according to the Daily Mail (h/t Express).

The United defender has been linked with a move to Spurs (h/t Express), however, the report claims that Paris Saint-Germain want to sign the 24-year-old.

The Ivorian hasn’t seen much playing time for United this season with only four starts to his name. His last game for the club was the 3-2 win over Newcastle United which came over a month ago.

The defender could be a quality addition to the side but Mauricio Pochettino has to work with Bailly to get the best out of him.

It has been a sapping time for the 24-year-old at United and the report adds that Spurs were tipped to sign the player having not signed anyone in the summer window.

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The report adds that the United chiefs are set to meet to discuss the Ivorian’s situation. It will be interesting to see if United are willing to let go of the player, especially to a Premier League rival.

Tottenham are five points behind Manchester City after 12 games and face Chelsea one we return to Premier League action in a week’s time.

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Pochettino has done a great job with the same set of players from last season, but we need to add some fresh faces to develop the team.

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Mauricio Pochettino pictured at Barcelona watching youth game during break

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Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino was busy during the international break as he was pictured watching a Barca B game recently.

Our next game is against Chelsea after the break is over, but it seems Pochettino wanted to keep an eye out for future talents from the Catalan side.

A report from Sky Sports adds that the gaffer and his coaching staff, Toni Jimenez and Jesus Perez, would be travelling to Barcelona for a conference to represent the Catalan Football Federation.

The Argentine was quoted (h/t Sky Sports) saying:

“The Catalan Federation asked us to go there and talk with the Catalan coaches, and I think it is a great opportunity to share, and explain how the Premier League is and Tottenham.”

Spanish reports (h/t Sky Sports) claim Pochettino could have been at the game to scout some Barcelona players.

Sky Sports adds that Spurs were interested in Barca B star Riqui Puig, who did play in the match Pochettino saw.

The manager knows the Spanish league well from his time at Espanyol, and given the history between Barcelona and his former employers, it will be interesting to see if we do snap someone up from the Catalan giants.

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Spurs didn’t sign any players in the summer window and our winter activity could decide if we go on to win a trophy or not this season.

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“It is definitely possible” – Harry Kane believes he can break this record for England

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Tottenham striker Harry Kane has Wayne Rooney’s record in sight as England prepare to face Croatia during the international break.

The former Manchester United striker played his last England game in our 3-0 win over the United States. Rooney ended his international career with 53 goals from 120 games.

Kane, for his part, has 19 goals for the Three Lions and was asked if he could break Rooney’s scoring record (h/t BT Sport).

“It is definitely possible.

“It is still a fair bit away, I don’t like to set my targets that far ahead in the future because a lot can happen.

“We will see over the years how many goals I have got. Hopefully I will still be fit and healthy and getting selected by the manager.

“It is achievable but not something I’m thinking about too much right now.”

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The clash against Croatia would be a repeat of the World Cup semi which England lost. A win over the Croatians would send England into the semi-finals of the UEFA Nations League but the away side will come with a lot of confidence.

Croatia defeated Spain in their last game, and Gareth Southgate has to be wary of the threat from the away side.

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Kane will be one of the key players in this clash, and hopefully, he will score a few goals at Wembley.

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