The Tottenham news in today’s papers isn’t the most encouraging for Spurs fans. It raises uncertainty on Paulinho’s future at White Hart Lane and there are doubts about possible targets Alvaro Morata and Yevhen Konoplyanka plus possible manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Hopefully, Paulinho’s recent comments on not looking away from Tottenham are sincere but there is always concern in a World Cup year when players spend a lengthy period with players from other clubs and it can encourage them to seek a move after the tournament. Tottenham have suffered with that in previous years with Michael Carrick looking away having spent the summer in the company of Mancheseter Uniteed players in the England squad at the World Cup in 2006. Luka Modric pushed for his move to Real Madrid after the last European Championships, although that had been mooted in advance and this year there is uncertainty about Jan Vertonghen’s future with Spurs.
Tottenham are again reported to be interested in the Real Madrid striker but Arsenal are also thought to be interested in signing him according to a report in the Daily Express. Going on past experience, players from Real Madrid have been unwilling to consider a move to Spurs, usually preferring to remain in Spain or look elsewhere.
Tottenham have been linked with the Dnipro winger, Yevhen Konoplyanka, who nearly signed for Liverpool last January. He is reported to be available for transfer for a fee of £14m but Tottenham will have competition from a number of clubs with Liverpool still interested, Arsenal and according to The Mirror, Manchester United who are looking to strengthen their squad fro new manager Louis van Gaal.
As Tottenham continue their search for a new manager, the Metro brings the news that they expect Tottenham’s favoured candidate, Mauricio Pochettino to sign a new contract with Southampton to build on the progress made in his time at the club.