Opinion: Poch will pull off a masterstroke if Spurs can sign 9-times league winner Everton target

Opinion: Poch will pull off a masterstroke if Spurs can sign 9-times league winner Everton target – originally posted on Sportslens.com

While Tottenham Hotspur are working on a deal to sign Lo Celso from Real Betis this summer, the north London club must not neglect to bolster other areas of the pitch.
Mauricio Pochettino has struggled to find a reliable second-choice striker at the club who could be a perfect foil for England striker Harry Kane.
Spurs have spent big on Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente, but neither of them turned out to be a success under the Argentine.
With Llorente gone and Janssen likely to leave, Spurs must sign another quality striker this summer.
And that is why they must make a move for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic who is also wanted by Everton.
According to reports from the Daily Mail, the Toffees are monitoring the development of Mandzukic whose future is in doubt as boss Maurizio Sarri does not see him as part of his plans for next season.
The 33-year-old is a world-class striker who has won 9 league titles in his career – three with Dinamo Zagreb, two with Bayern Munich and four with Juventus.
He has a wealth of Champions League experience and has been a part of the Croatian side that finished runners up in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
In theory, he is an ideal fit. And if Spurs can move ahead of Everton and wrap up a deal for him, it could prove to be a masterstroke signing by the Argentine.
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Report shares exciting Bruce's plan most Newcastle fans will love

Report shares exciting Bruce's plan most Newcastle fans will love – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to Sky Sports, Newcastle United head coach Steve Bruce is due to sit down with English midfielder Sean Longstaff in the coming days and tell him he is a key part of his plans for next season.
The 21-year-old has been linked with Manchester United, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to add him to his squad after being impressed by his performances last term.
Longstaff, while not pushing for a move, is open to one and would be keen to talk to the Red Devils, if the two clubs can agree on a fee.
Newcastle have slapped £50 million on his head, but the Old Trafford outfit reckon he is only worth less than half that amount.
Bruce isn’t keen for the Magpies to cash in on Longstaff, though, and the youngster is said to be excited at the prospect of the former Sunderland boss taking charge.
He is also desperate to impress the new manager during pre-season and become a Newcastle regular next term after forcing his way into Rafa Benitez’s XI before an injury ended his campaign.
Bruce’s plan to convince Longstaff that he is a key part of his team is an exciting one – which most fans would love – as losing the academy graduate this summer will surely piss the Saint James’ Park faithful off the more.
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Opinion: £89m Spurs target would be an unbelievable signing for Wolves, player wants to leave

Opinion: £89m Spurs target would be an unbelievable signing for Wolves, player wants to leave – originally posted on Sportslens.com

This has been quite an underwhelming transfer window for Wolves so far, and boss Nuno Espirito Santo has recently stated that he is looking to bring in more quality players to Molineux.
Wolves are reportedly interested in signing Atletico Madrid’s highly-rated forward Angel Correa, but face competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham Hotspur.
According to reports from Spanish newspaper AS (h/t Sport Witness), Correa understands that he is likely to drop down the pecking order at the club following the arrivals of Joao Felix and Ivan Šaponjić.
The Argentine, who has a release clause of €100 million (£89 million) in his contract, surely would be considering new options where he would be getting regular games.
Atletico will try to get the maximum deal out of Correa but surely Wolves can get him at a much-reduced price.
The Argentina international is a versatile forward and is a top-class talent. He joined Atletico in 2014 and has scored 30 goals in over 175 appearances in all competitions till date.
At 24, he already has a wealth of Champions League and international experience and would be a cracking signing for Wolves.
Wolves lack depth behind first-choice pair Raul Jimenez and Diogo Jota, and Correa will get ample opportunities to become the central creative player of the side.
He would be a superb signing for the club, and Wolves must not hesitate to make a move for him this summer.
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Door has swung open for Leeds to sign 27-year-old forward after latest reports

Door has swung open for Leeds to sign 27-year-old forward after latest reports – originally posted on Sportslens.com

This has been a mixed transfer window for Leeds so far.
On the one hand, the club saw the departure of fan favourite Pontus Jansson, while speculations are also rife about the futures of Kemar Roofe and Kalvin Phillips.
Leeds also lost Jack Clarke to Tottenham Hotspur, although they would be able to retain his services on loan for the upcoming season.
Jack Harrison has returned to the club for another loan spell, while the likes of Ben White and Helder Costa surely would add depth and quality to the side.
Marcelo Bielsa should look to bolster his attacking department this summer irrespective of what the future holds for Roofe.
Patrick Bamford struggled with injuries last season and his form was far from being impressive. While he will look to make a serious impact this time, signing a striker is of paramount importance if Leeds are looking to challenge for promotion next season.
With that in mind, the Yorkshire club must consider making a move for Jordan Hugill.
The 27-year-old struggled at West Ham and he is ready to leave the club. He also had a disappointing spell at Middlesbrough and doubts remain on whether he should be considered as an option.
However, he is looking for a fresh start in his career, and he has a wealth of Championship experience. If he can recapture his form at Preston, Leeds will have a solid attacking unit.
He was about to join Wigan Athletic on a £4 million move but the deal has collapsed. The door is now left ajar for Leeds to make a bold move and sign him ahead of other suitors.
Signing him will be a huge gamble, but it is a risk worth taking.
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Report: Tottenham star could be used as makeweight to land Lo Celso

Report: Tottenham star could be used as makeweight to land Lo Celso – originally posted on Sportslens.com

According to The Sun, Real Betis midfielder Giovani Lo Celso wants to join Tottenham Hotspur this summer, but the North London club won’t meet the La Liga outfit’s £60 million asking price.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy just splashed the cash on France international Tanguy Ndombele, making the midfielder the club’s record signing.
While Tottenham don’t want to part with that much for Lo Celso, one option would be to add Erik Lamela into the deal.
The 27-year-old has struggled to establish himself in manager Mauricio Pochettino’s plans, largely due to frequent injuries, and could be used as a makeweight to bring his fellow Argentine to the club.
Lamela featured in 33 games across all competitions last term – but only 10 were starts – scoring six goals and assisting twice.
Pochettino wants to add Lo Celso to his squad as he looks to challenge strongly for the Premier League title next term, but it remains to be seen if he is open to sacrificing one of his stars for the deal to go through.
Betis are preparing for the exit of the former Paris Saint-Germain man, though, as they are closing in on the £22.6 million signing of Lyon midfielder Nabil Fekir, but it will be interesting to see if Tottenham can land their man, with Manchester United also keen.
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'Its shocking', 'Devastating news' – Some Spurs fans react to Poch's pre-season decision

'Its shocking', 'Devastating news' – Some Spurs fans react to Poch's pre-season decision – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are currently in Asia for their pre-season tour, and England international left-back Danny Rose has been left at home.
According to Spurs’ official website, the 29-year-old has been granted additional time off in order to explore prospective opportunities with other clubs.
According to The Telegraph, Rose has reacted very professionally to manager Mauricio Pochettino’s decision not to include him in the squad, as there has been no falling out between the player and club, but a lot of Tottenham fans are angry with the decision.
Here is how some of them reacted on Twitter:

Its shocking
— Nana Yaw (@obengmckaay) July 16, 2019

Devastating news pic.twitter.com/deKmpan7tf
— Manny (@mani_mal_) July 17, 2019

We should riot 😡😡
— carly williamson (@ThfcCarly) July 16, 2019

Funny now release the real squad with Danny in it
— Georgia🥵 (@georgiapearl21) July 17, 2019

Don’t you dare sell Danny Rose
— Luke (@thfcIuke) July 17, 2019

No rose pic.twitter.com/1ChNP33cHl
— Josh Gafson (@Josh_2905) July 17, 2019

I believe he’s asked to leave. So it’s down to him really. Great player and we all want him to stay but if he wants to go back up north, what to do?
— Richard Gibson (@Gibson_Rich59) July 17, 2019

Lets pray no offers come in. #DontSellDannyRose.
— Cenk (@ForzaYids) July 16, 2019

Selling Rose might be the stupidest thing this club has ever done.
— ً (@THFCgod) July 17, 2019

Rose was one of Spurs’ best players last term, putting in impressive shifts, particularly during the closing stages of their Champions League campaign.
Having earlier expressed the desire to leave North London, it seems the club are now finally ready to grant his wishes.
Tottenham have identified Fulham’s Ryan Sessegnon as a long-term replacement for Rose, and it’s a deal they will try and push over the line this summer.
The former Leeds United man, who is valued at around £25 million and still has two years left on his current contract, isn’t expected to be short of suitors due to his quality, but he will be fully part of the first-team squad for the start of next season if acceptable offers don’t come in for him.
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'Hope Eriksen is watching' – Some Spurs fans react to what Poch did in training

'Hope Eriksen is watching' – Some Spurs fans react to what Poch did in training – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham Hotspur are currently on a pre-season tour in Singapore, and manager Mauricio Pochettino will be hoping to get his squad in the best shape as quickly as possible in order to ensure that they hit the ground running when the 2019-2020 Premier League season kicks off.
The Argentine has added French midfielder Tanguy Ndombele to his squad, while Real Betis’ Giovani Lo Celso could be on his way.
English right-back Kieran Trippier has left for Atletico Madrid, Danny Rose was left at home as Spurs look to flog him, while Denmark international Christian Eriksen could be on his way out of North London this summer.
Pochettino is clearly enjoying his time in Singapore, and Tottenham’s official Twitter handle has posted a video clip of him scoring a free-kick in training.

🔥 Yes, boss! 🔥
…cool as you like 😎 #SpursTour2019 ⚪️ #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/GBtmsmrptQ
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) July 18, 2019

Spurs fans have aimed a thinly-veiled dig at want-away Eriksen as a result of Poch’s piece of skill, and here is how some of them reacted to the clip:

Hope Erikson is watching 😂👀
— Mr.Sonny (@TGheiti) July 18, 2019

So our boss can do this but Eriksen can’t beat the first man 🤔
— Kyrtis Tennisballs (@CallOfFootie) July 18, 2019

Put him on free kicks
— Craig (@mrcraigo10) July 18, 2019

Eriksen, please make a note.
— Ankit Kapoor (@Ankit_THFC) July 18, 2019

Poch should sub himself on for free kicks
— Harrison🇦🇺 (@HarrisonFitz02) July 18, 2019

Best free kick taker at the club
— ᴀʟᴇx (@_10Kane) July 18, 2019

Best free kick taker
— Draymond Daniel Jr (@DanielDraymond) July 18, 2019

He’s magic u know
— Jamie Leigh (@JLTHFC1) July 18, 2019

The Danish midfielder has been linked with Real Madrid all-summer, and with chairman Daniel Levy playing hardball over a fee, it remains to be seen if he will be linking up with Zinedine Zidane’s men this summer.
Eriksen will surely be missed by Tottenham if he leaves, and the earlier a deal is sealed for his exit, the better, as that will ensure Pochettino quickly knows what his midfield plans are for next season.
Taking a huge risk and not cashing in on the former Ajax star this summer seems like something Levy is willing to do, but seeing him walk away for free next summer if he doesn’t put pen to paper will deal a huge blow on the club.
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Alan Shearer reveals one thing Bruce won't ask him to do after becoming Newcastle boss

Alan Shearer reveals one thing Bruce won't ask him to do after becoming Newcastle boss – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Newcastle United have appointed former Sunderland manager Steve Bruce as their head coach.
The 58-year-old succeeds Rafa Benitez at Saint James’ Park after the Spaniard and club owner Mike Ashley couldn’t agree to terms of a new deal.
Bruce had always nursed the ambition of becoming Newcastle boss one day having supported the club as a kid, and his dream has finally come true.
He had been close to the job in the past and now faces the huge challenge of trying to win the fans over and keeping the club up going forward.
The former Sheffield Wednesday manager brought in his two assistants and could look to add more associates to his backroom staff.
Newcastle legend Alan Shearer has ruled himself out of joining Bruce at the club, though, having already warned him against taking the job.
“This is without a doubt the toughest and most toxic situation Steve has ever walked into. No job is impossible but this one is very, very difficult for so many different reasons,” the former striker wrote in The Sun.
“Maybe things weren’t perfect for Steve at Sheffield Wednesday. Maybe he thought that no club is perfect, so how bad can it be at Newcastle. But while he has worked under some difficult owners in his previous jobs, I doubt he has had any like this before.
“He also knows what has gone on with me at the club in the past, so at least he won’t be asking me to join him!”
Shearer once took charge of the club on an interim basis in 2008-09, managing the last eight games of the campaign, taking over from head coach Chris Hughton, who was in temporary charge while the permanent manager Joe Kinnear recovered from heart surgery.
Newcastle won just one of those games, drawing two and losing five, failing to escape relegation as a result.
The club legend knows how things are under Ashley, and doesn’t want to be a part of it.
Shearer also warned Bruce against having anything to do with the unsupportive owner, and it will be interesting to see how he fares in the dugout.
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25 goals in 43 games: Everton must move for £20m Villa target, he would be a superb signing

25 goals in 43 games: Everton must move for £20m Villa target, he would be a superb signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

It is no secret that Everton are looking to sign a striker this summer. According to reports from the Daily Mail, the Toffees boss Marco Silva is eyeing two forwards this month.
Cenk Tosun cut a disappointing figure last season and chances are high that he could be offloaded by Silva.
Dominic Calvert-Lewin is a fine young talent, but the Toffees should look to bring in a proven goalscorer to bolster that department.
In recent weeks, Everton have been heavily linked with a move for Juventus striker Mario Mandzukic while the club retains an interest in Lille forward Rafael Leao.
Mandzukic is facing an uncertain future and would be a shrewd addition. Everton are also reportedly ready to spend £36 million for Leao.
With that in mind, Everton should join the race to sign Neal Maupay from Brentford.
The 22-year-old is enjoying the form of his life having scored 25 goals in 43 Championship games last season. He has been targeted by a host of Premier League clubs including Aston Villa, but Brentford’s £20m asking price is proving to be a stumbling block.
Maupay is a natural finisher and Everton should take a risk here in signing him.
He has the potential and age with him to take his game to the next level. Maupay also provided eight assists last season which shows he has the all-round ability to be a perfect modern-day striker.
Surely, an offer from Everton would be hard to resist for him and therefore Everton can negotiate a deal for less than the quoted amount.
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Spurs could move for 32-cap versatile int'l who Pochettino likes, would be a superb signing

Spurs could move for 32-cap versatile int'l who Pochettino likes, would be a superb signing – originally posted on Sportslens.com

Tottenham confirmed yesterday that Kieran Tripper has left the club to join Atletico Madrid.
Trippier established himself as a key player for Mauricio Pochettino after the departure of Kyle Walker but Spurs decided to cash in on him after an unimpressive 2018-19 campaign.
While there are suggestions that Pochettino will not require another right-back, as he will show faith in Serge Aurier, Kyle Walker-Peters and Juan Foyth, the Spurs boss may opt for a quality right-back to fill his void.
According to reports from the ever-reliable Gianluca Di Marzio, Spurs could look into the options of signing Elseid Hysaj from Napoli or Alessandro Florenzi from Roma this summer, both players being liked by Pochettino.
If Spurs decide to sell Aurier, then Pochettino will definitely look to scour the Italian market, claims the report.
Florenzi would be a terrific signing for Spurs 
The 28-year-old has been playing for Roma since 2011 when he graduated from the club’s academy.
He has made over 260 appearances for the club, scoring 28 goals in all competitions.
The 32 times capped Italy international is a tenacious and tactically intelligent all-round player who is extremely versatile.
Pochettino loves to work with players who bring a lot more to the game, and Spurs should make a concrete effort to sign him this summer.
He can play as a wing-back, attacking full-back, winger or anywhere across the midfield — no wonder why he is so highly rated in Italy.
Florenzi would be a superb signing for Spurs and Pochettino must give a serious thought about signing him to fill the gap left by Trippier.
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