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“We have the belief and we will be strong”: Mauricio Pochettino believes Tottenham can beat Man City without Harry Kane

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Spurs news: Pochettino vows to beat Manchester City without Harry Kane

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has labelled Manchester City as Champions League favourites but he insists our side could end their challenge even without talismanic striker Harry Kane.

Spurs will defend a slender 1-0 advantage at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday and although we have the lead in the tie, the absence of Kane due to his latest ligament injury will be a blow for us. But our gaffer remains unfazed and wants the team to perform according to the plan.

“We have the belief and we will be strong. Tomorrow is going to be an amazing challenge,” Pochettino was quoted by Football.London.

“It’s going to be tough tomorrow as City are one of the best teams in the world.

“I’m not thinking about winning or losing. The most important for us is to perform in the way we want to perform. In this type of competition you must be focused.”

On the injury front, Pochettino claimed his medical team will need to assess Dele Alli during the last training session and then come to a conclusion. Alli missed Saturday’s 4-0 win over Huddersfield after fracturing his hand in the first leg but has travelled with the team to Manchester.

“We need to assess him. We’ll have our last training session today and then we’ll decide,” our gaffer added.

With Kane sidelined, the pressure will be on Son Heung-min to fill the void and not only has Pochettino praised the South Korean but also expects his other attacking players to deliver at the Etihad.

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Son Heung-min of Tottenham

“He’s doing a fantastic job. After November I am so happy with him. It’s not all about Son, it’s about the offensive players,” the Spurs boss addressed.

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City are favourites to progress into the next round but we hold a slender advantage. Tottenham have to stick to the plan and play to their best to achieve a positive result at the Etihad. Let’s hope we put in a strong performance and dump City out of the competition on Wednesday.

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Levy seems to have worked his magic as Tottenham are set to land English starlet for £8.5m

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham set to land Jack Clarke for £8.5m from Leeds United

The Sun reports that Tottenham have haggled their way to an £8.5m deal for Jack Clarke.

The 18-year-old broke into the Leeds first-team last season under Marcelo Bielsa and made 25 appearances in all competitions.

Jack Clarke
Jack Clarke

The report claims that Mauricio Pochettino wants more options in the attack and Leeds have to maintain their finances.

Leeds have included add-ons to the deal for Clarke, according to the report, and Spurs could send the English youngster back on loan at the Championship side.

Clarke scored two goals and provided a couple of assists last season as Leeds missed out on Premier League promotion.

Levy works his magic on a deal

Daniel Levy is known for trying to get the best deal possible for the club, and signing Clarke for £8.5m would an amazing bit of business.

Daniel Levy of Tottenham
Daniel Levy

Sending him back on loan makes sense as he needs more starts to continue his development, and working under Bielsa could see him flourish further.

The Englishman is one of the highest-rated players in the Championship, and the Express had earlier reported that Spurs were set to splash £15m for the 18-year-old.

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Getting him for half of that would not be a bad start to our transfer dealings, and it will be interesting to see who else we can line up in the summer window.

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Italian giants consider signing 22-year-old Tottenham target on a two-year deal

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Spurs transfer news: AC Milan trying to sign Dani Ceballos on a two-year deal

Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) claims that AC Milan’s top executives will try to negotiate a deal for Dani Ceballos.

The Real Madrid starlet is away on U21 Euro duty with Spain, and the report adds that Milan see the 22-year-old as a prime target but only in the right deal.

Dani Ceballos
Dani Ceballos

The report adds that Milan met with representatives from Real this week and discussed deals for five players.

However, Ceballos is the focus for Milan, and the report claims that the Spaniard is valued at €45m-€50m, which is a problem for the Italian giants.

Milan want to sign the youngster on a two-year loan deal with Ceballos possibly joining after the spell, according to the report.

Tottenham have also been linked with the Spanish star, and it will be interesting to see where Ceballos lands up next season.

Tottenham could lose one star for Ceballos

The Spanish star fell down the pecking order under Zinedine Zidane and was offered to Tottenham by the La Liga side in a deal for Christian Eriksen (h/t Sun).

The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the season and is yet to sign a new deal with Spurs.

Ceballos is a star for the future but isn’t on the same level as Eriksen. The Spaniard can play as a central attacking midfielder and can do a job on the wings too.

Real were offering a decent sum and Ceballos for Eriksen, and accepting that deal would be better than losing the Dane on a free.

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Spurs have the added draw of the Champions League next season while Milan missed out on the final day of the season.

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Tottenham interested in AC Milan star who could be sold in the summer

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham one of three clubs interested in Franck Kessie

Corriere dello Sport (h/t Calciomercato) reports that three Premier League clubs are interested in AC Milan’s Franck Kessie.

The 22-year-old midfielder enjoyed a decent season with the Italian giants and scored seven goals in the league campaign.

The Ivorian is one of the brightest talents in the Serie A and made a name during his spell with Atalanta.

Franck Kessie
Franck Kessie

Kessie joined Milan two seasons ago, and the report adds that Tottenham are keeping tabs on the 22-year-old.

Spurs haven’t signed players in over a year, and it will be interesting to see if we make a move for Kessie.

The report adds that Premier League rivals London and Arsenal are also interested in the midfielder.

Milan are looking at making moves in the summer, and the report claims that Kessie could be sold to generate funds for other players.

Tottenham also making moves in the summer

Tottenham have been busy in the summer with reports confirming that we are interested in several players.

Spurs need to sign fresh faces to strengthen the team, and hopefully, we can finalise some signings in the current transfer window.

Tanguy Ndombele (h/t Guardian), Giovani Lo Celso (h/t Sun) and Dani Ceballos (h/t Sun) have been linked with Tottenham.

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However, Christian Eriksen is also rumoured to be on his way out as he has just one year left on his current contract (h/t Sun).

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Tottenham interested in signing this West Brom youngster linked with Serie A giants

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Spurs transfer news: Tottenham interested in 19-year-old starlet Rekeem Harper

The Mirror reports that Tottenham are interested in West Bromwich Albion’s 19-year-old midfielder Rekeem Harper.

The report adds that the teenager is out of a contract at the end of the month, and has not been able to agree on a new deal with West Brom.

Slaven Bilic was appointed as the new West Brom manager recently, and the report claims that the new boss wants to keep hold of Harper to ensure a promotion push.

Rekeem Harper
Rekeem Harper

The Baggies lost out on the race for Premier League promotion last season, and it is to be seen how they strengthen the team for the upcoming campaign.

However, the report claims that West Brom could lose Harper for a small compensation fee, with Liverpool and Juventus also interested in the 19-year-old.

The English midfielder played 23 times for the Baggies last season and recorded a goal and an assist in the Championship.

Harper has been at the club since the age of 12, and it will be interesting to see if he decides to leave the club in the summer.

Mauricio Pochettino has worked wonders with young players

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has a history of working well with young players, and Harper could be another starlet that reaches his potential under the Argentine.

The best example of Pochettino doing well is with Dele Alli, as the former MK Dons star is now an England international.

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Harry Kane and Harry Winks are other examples of English stars coming through the ranks and doing well at Spurs.

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