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Club chairman hits out at Tottenham over £25m deadline day swoop

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Spurs transfer news: Fulham chairman hits out at Tottenham over Sessegnon transfer

Tottenham completed a £25m deal for Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon on transfer deadline day but the club’s chairman, Tony Khan has hit out at Spurs regarding their negotiation of the transfer, according to Evening Standard.

The Fulham chairman also confirmed that Tottenham’s delay in closing down the deal affected his plans of signing a new defender, thought to be Chelsea’s Michael Hector.

Khan also claimed that they had done all their summer business with the thought that Sessegnon was going to stay at the club, as Tottenham had not made any contact until two weeks before the deadline.

This aligns with the fact that Fulham had made a lot of loan signings earlier in the window, which keeps them in check with the Financial Fair Play rules.

In an interview on Fulham’s official website, Khan said (h/t Evening Standard):

“We heard from them [Tottenham] for the first time two weeks before the close of the window. We had been making all our deals under the assumption that Ryan could wind the contract down and they were not going to offer us anything. I was totally prepared for that. 

“It seemed like it might be a likely scenario when he still had not heard from them a couple of weeks out, which is why I was doing loan deals where we knew the club would compliant with Financial Fair Play [FFP] rules.

“When I finally got an offer it was so ridiculously low that I had to make it super clear that we were not going to take a penny less our asking price, which is exactly what we got.”

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It is quite clear that Tony Khan is upset with the entire negotiation process but Tottenham were not clear about their need for Sessegnon either, given the uncertainty that was surrounding Danny Rose’s future.

There is still time for us to offload players if needed and Sessegnon could be an ideal replacement should Rose depart the club. Sessegnon did not feature for us in the 3-1 win against Aston Villa and it remains to be seen what future holds for the young Englishman at Tottenham.

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Sessegnon is an incredible young talent and has proven himself enough at Fulham to earn this big move. It is good that we ended up signing the left-footed star by paying whatever was needed.

The signs are good and let’s hope that Sessegnon becomes a hit at our club.

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“Levy told me there was no new contract” – Tottenham star confirms plan to see out deal and leave

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Danny Rose plans to see out his Tottenham contract

Danny Rose wants to see out his Tottenham contract and leave as a free agent in 2021.

The English defender was allowed to find a new club in the summer but was unable to leave Spurs (h/t Telegraph).

Rose has been our first-choice left-back this season but we have also signed Ryan Sessegnon from Fulham.

Danny Rose
Danny Rose has been our first-choice left-back this season (Image credit: Getty)

Sessegnon has struggled with injuries since joining while Ben Davies signed a new deal at the start of the campaign.

Rose was speaking ahead of England’s international games and wanted to address his future (h/t Telegraph):

“It’s pretty obvious what happened [in the summer].

“People upstairs at Tottenham were trying to do what they were trying to do. I’ve said [to them] I’ve got 18 months left on my contract and I’m not going anywhere until my contract has ­finished.”

The left-back also spoke about not getting a new deal by the club:

“[Tottenham chairman] Daniel Levy told me in the summer there was no new contract for me at Tottenham, which is fine. I respect that. We move on.”

Rose has no problems with Pochettino

The 29-year-old also praised Mauricio Pochettino and claimed the Argentine has been supportive throughout his career at Tottenham.

Danny Rose
Danny Rose tried to seal an exit in the summer window (Image credit: Getty)

Rose has played 11 games for us this season, however, he only has one assist to his name so far.

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Sessegnon and Davies could do the job in the left-back position, and it will be interesting to see how many games Rose plays till the end of the campaign.

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“I never rule it out” – Ligue 1 attacker open to Premier League return amidst Tottenham’s £50m pursuit

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Memphis Depay doesn’t rule out Premier League move amidst Tottenham links

Tottenham have been linked with a £50million move for Memphis Depay recently (h/t Football.london).

The Dutch attacker has turned his career around after leaving Manchester United and joining Lyon.

Depay is now a regular for the national side and his manager, Ronald Koeman, was open to the attacker playing for a bigger club (h/t Football.london).

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

Depay was asked about the Tottenham links as the Dutch are in action during the international break.

The former Manchester United spoke to Voetbal Primeur and didn’t want to speak much about the rumours (h/t Football.london):

“I don’t want to talk about that. I don’t want to talk about rumours that I know nothing about.

“We leave it in the corridors. I am focused on a strong season so far.”

Depay was pressed about playing in the Premier League, and the 25-year-old didn’t rule out a return:

“It’s a very nice competition. It’s up to the club that is interested.

“I belong in a team that plays good football and can play around me, so that I can do my thing. I never rule it out.”

Depay in fine form for Lyon

The Ligue 1 giants sold Tanguy Ndombele and Nabil Fekir in the summer, but Depay is still scoring regularly for the side.

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Mauricio Pochettino during the 1-1 draw against Watford (Image credit: Getty)

The 25-year-old has 12 goals in all competitions for Lyon and also has nine goals for the Netherlands too.

A return to the Premier League could allow the Dutchman to show that he has improved after his United days.

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However, spending £50m is still a massive risk for any club, and it will be interesting to see if we make a serious offer for Depay soon.

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Tottenham make contact with 88-goal Serie A star over possible January move

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Tottenham interested in January swoop for Napoli star Dries Mertens

Tottenham are interested in signing Napoli attacker Dries Mertens in January, according to Il Mattino (h/t Calciomercato).

The Belgian has scored seven goals for Napoli this season and can play across the front-line.

Arsenal are also interested in a January move for the 32-year-old, who is a free agent at the end of the season (h/t Calciomercato).

Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens is a free agent in the summer (Image credit: Getty)

Mertens is unlikely to be offered a new deal by the Serie A side after a revolt against orders from the club’s president (h/t Calciomercato).

The Belgian has been one of the top stars in Italy with 88 goals in Serie A for Napoli.

AC Milan, AS Roma, Inter Milan and Juventus are also keen on the 32-year-old (h/t Calciomercato).

Tottenham contact Mertens’ group

Spurs and Arsenal have already contacted the Belgian’s group in hopes of landing him (h/t Calciomercato).

Landing Mertens on a cut-price deal in January would be amazing and the Belgian still has a couple of quality years left.

Dries Mertens
Dries Mertens has scored 88 Serie A goals for Napoli (Image credit: Getty)

However, he isn’t a long-term solution for our attack and we would need to find a replacement for him soon too.

Tottenham could do with more attacking talent joining in January as we have struggled for goals this season.

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We have scored 18 goals in 12 Premier League games with Harry Kane having collected six of them so far.

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Tottenham interested in French defender who would cost £50m in January

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Tottenham enter race for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano

Dayot Upamecano is one of the best young defenders in the Bundesliga and has featured 11 games for RB Leipzig this season.

The 21-year-old centre-back even featured for France’s U21 side during this summer’s Euros.

Arsenal were linked with Upamecano in the summer, however, Tottenham have also joined the race for the defender, according to Bleacher Report (h/t Football.london).

Dayot Upamecano
Dayot Upamecano (L) battles for the ball in a Champions League game (Image credit: AFP)

The report adds that Upamecano is out of a contract in 2021 and Leipzig fear losing their star on the cheap.

The French centre-back has had his injury problems at Leipzig over the years and only played 15 Bundesliga games in the previous campaign.

However, he has become a regular this season and Leipzig want £50million in the January window (h/t Football.london).

The Bundesliga side are willing to accept between £40m and £50m for the 21-year-old in the summer if contract talks don’t go well for them.

Tottenham in need of a new centre-back?

Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are two of the most experienced defenders in the Premier League.

However, the pair can leave Tottenham for nothing in the summer. The pair also didn’t start in our 1-1 draw with Sheffield United.

Jan Vertonghen
Jan Vertonghen has struggled for form this season (Image credit: Getty)

Mauricio Pochettino opted for a centre-back pairing of Eric Dier and Davinson Sanchez, and the pair did relatively well against the Blades.

Alderweireld was on the bench for the clash while Vertonghen missed out on the matchday squad.

Juan Foyth is another option for the centre-back position and we could do with a fresh face at the back.

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Spurs spent big to land Sanchez from Ajax a few years ago, and it will be interesting to see what our plans are for that position.

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