Published On: Thu, Oct 10th, 2019

Tottenham transfer news: How Spurs may look next season with three signings | Football | Sport

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is under increasing pressure to freshen up his squad as Spurs endure a disappointing start to the campaign.

The north London side are ninth in the Premier League after an embarrassing 3-0 defeat to Brighton last weekend while they have also lost to Newcastle and Leicester this season.

Pochettino’s men were knocked out of the Carabao Cup on penalties by League Two outfit Colchester United in the third round and were also on the end of a 7-2 drubbing from Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

One win in their past six matches across all competitions highlights the problems facing Pochettino, with a number of first-team stars unsettled and potentially heading for the exit.

Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen has refused to sign a new deal and is into the final year of his current contract, having suggested he would like a move to Real Madrid last summer.

Tottenham are likely to try and cash in during the January window while the futures of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld are also undecided, meaning reinforcements need to be identified rapidly.

The club are reportedly also set to clean house in the new year with Eric Dier, Danny Rose, Serge Aurier and Victor Wanyama joining Eriksen on the transfer list.

Meanwhile, Dele Alli has embarked on a new fitness regime in order to help rediscover his form and a place in the starting XI – but which new arrivals could he be competing with next season?

Nathan Ake (Bournemouth)

Chelsea were willing to let the Dutch defender leave for £20million in 2017 but Ake is surely worth at least double that now after impressing in the heart of the Cherries defence.

Tottenham already identified the centre-back as Vertonghen’s long-term replacement last summer but no formal bid was ever lodged.

Spurs now look resigned to losing at least one of their senior centre-backs so a move for Ake in the next two windows would not be surprising, although Bournemouth will not let him go on the cheap.

The 24-year-old’s versatility and experience will also be invaluable if Pochettino opts to deploy Ryan Sessegnon at left-back and either Juan Foyth or Kyle Walker-Peters on the opposite side of defence.

Jota (Benfica)

Tottenham have often found themselves lacking width at crucial times this season, with their plethora of attacking midfielders more at home in central positions.

Benfica protege Jota could be the answer, with Spurs one of several Premier League clubs said to be monitoring the 20-year-old.

The youngster was valued in excess of £25m before the previous transfer window and would offer an alternative to the likes of Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura supporting central striker Harry Kane from out wide.

Jota can also lead the line and could potentially take some of the goalscoring burden off Kane’s shoulders, negating the need to buy and natural striker as back-up.

James Maddison (Leicester City)

Tottenham have been seeking a replacement for Christian Eriksen since last summer but were unsuccessful in their pursuit of Paulo Dybala despite deadline day interest.

They did manage to secure attacking midfielder Giovani Lo Celso on a loan move from Real Betis with an option to buy next year, but injury to the Argentine and Alli’s poor form has seen Eriksen retain his spot in the starting XI.

With the Dane almost certainly on the way out, Maddison has now emerged as Tottenham’s top target but Pochettino will have to battle Manchester United for his signature.

The Leicester star will cost at least £60m, with that price expected to rise further if he keeps performing to such a high level in an impressive Foxes outfit, but Spurs shouldn’t hesitate to splash the cash on the playmaker.

How Tottenham Hotspur could look on the first day of the 2020/21 season

(4-2–3-1): Lloris; Walker-Peters, Alderweireld, Ake, Sessegnon; Ndombele, Winks; Jota, Maddison, Son; Kane

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