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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 9

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistJune 9, 2014

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of June 9

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    Who will be linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur this week?
    Who will be linked with a move to Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham Hotspur this week?Sang Tan/Associated Press

    Another new week, another seven days of Tottenham Hotspur transfer speculation.

    The rumour mill has been full of suggested moves in and out of White Hart Lane. However, the only concrete news surrounding the club since the calendar turned to June was the announcement of the season-long loan deal sending young defender Grant Hall to Birmingham City.

    With the World Cup getting underway this week and those not involved mostly on holiday, it may be the case there is little actual Tottenham transfer news to report.

    Keep an eye here for anything that does emerge, and for all the latest names being linked with the north London club in the media.

     

    Last updated Sunday, June 15.

Spurs to Bid for Lukaku as Part of Big Overhaul?

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    Romelu Lukaku is currently at the World Cup with Belgium.
    Romelu Lukaku is currently at the World Cup with Belgium.Andrew Medichini/Associated Press

    Sunday, June 15

    The Mirror's Steve Stammers reports Tottenham are planning to make a number of changes to personnel this summer, headlined by a move for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.

    Stammers believes new manager Mauricio Pochettino has already agreed on a list of targets and potential departures from the club with technical director Franco Baldini and chairman Daniel Levy.

    In addition to Lukaku, his fellow Belgium international, Atletico Madrid defender Toby Alderweireld is also wanted. Pochettino is said to be interested in moving for his former player, Southampton defender Dejan Lovren, while Dnipro and Ukraine winger Yevhen Konoplyanka is of interest to Baldini.

    According to Stammers, the players possibly set to leave are Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Michael Dawson, Harry Kane, Jake Livermore, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend.

    Change is certainly forthcoming at White Hart Lane under Pochettino. Whether change to the extent Stammers is claiming is in the offing is uncertain.

    Spurs switched things up too much last summer, and suffered for the unsettled nature of a squad needing to integrate too many new players. More careful planning is needed heading into the new season.

    Meanwhile, the Daily Mail's Rob Shepherd believes Tottenham are still interested in Southampton's Adam Lallana. This is in contradiction to a Sky Sports report earlier this month which ruled out a move from Pochettino for his former player.

Ward to Remain at Chicago Until December

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    Grant Ward, pictured playing for Tottenham in a friendly last summer.
    Grant Ward, pictured playing for Tottenham in a friendly last summer.Jamie McDonald/Getty Images

    Saturday, June 14

    Tottenham Hotspur confirmed via their official website on Friday that midfielder Grant Ward's loan with Chicago Fire has been extended until December.

    The 19-year-old has appeared four times for the Major League Soccer side who currently sit second bottom of the Eastern Conference.

    Ward joined Chicago in late-March for a spell initially scheduled to last until July.

     

     

Spurs Negotiating for River Plate Teenager?

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    Driussi (left) is one of Argentina's up-and-coming stars.
    Driussi (left) is one of Argentina's up-and-coming stars.Hassan Ammar/Associated Press

    Thursday, June 12

    According to The Sun, via The Mirror, Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to sign River Plate striker Sebastian Driussi.

    The 18-year-old, who has represented Argentina at youth-level, is said to be valued around £6 million.

    The same story also links Spurs with Frickson Erazo, the Flamengo and Ecuador centre-back.

     

     

Tottenham Looking at Forest Goalkeeper Darlow?

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    Could Darlow be brought in to compete with Lloris at Spurs?
    Could Darlow be brought in to compete with Lloris at Spurs?Tony Marshall/Getty Images

    Wednesday, June 11

    The Daily Mail's Simon Jones believes Tottenham have joined Liverpool in "monitoring developments with Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Karl Darlow."

    While Brad Friedel's contract extension has confirmed Spurs will have experienced back-up to Hugo Lloris next season, they will naturally be looking at who will succeed the veteran American sooner rather than later.

    Jones suggests Darlow is someone interesting Mauricio Pochettino.

    The 23-year-old played 47 games in all competitions for Forest last season. He took hold of the first-choice keeper spot the previous year following loan spells with Newport County and Walsall.

Palace Looking to Swoop on Livermore?

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    Jake Livermore could soon be playing at Selhurst Park on a regular basis.
    Jake Livermore could soon be playing at Selhurst Park on a regular basis.Alastair Grant/Associated Press

    Wednesday, June 11

    The Mirror's Alan Nixon reports Crystal Palace are willing to meet Tottenham's £6.5 million valuation of Jake Livermore.

    The midfielder spent last season on loan at Hull City. But as Nixon himself notes today, and did so in a separate report last week too, the Tigers might not be willing to pay Spurs what they want for Livermore.

    Having retained their top-flight status last year, Palace will understandably be keen to reinforce their squad to be even stronger this season.

    According to The Mirror, manager Tony Pulis could have up to £30 million to spend on transfers.

Pochettino to Make Dzemaili His First Signing?

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    Is Blerim Dzemaili on his way to Spurs?
    Is Blerim Dzemaili on his way to Spurs?Marco Vasini/Associated Press

    Tuesday, June 10

    The Daily Star's Gary Jones believes Napoli's Blerim Dzemaili could become Mauricio Pochettino's first Tottenham signing.

    The 28-year-old midfielder is described as one of Pochettino's "top targets."

    Any move for Dzemaili would certainly require Spurs reducing the midfield numbers currently in their squad. Jones brings up Napoli's suggested interest in Sandro, noting the Italian club are some way off Tottenham's value of the player.

     

Spurs Among the Clubs in for Morata and Sanchez?

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    Would Alvaro Morata consider joining Tottenham?
    Would Alvaro Morata consider joining Tottenham?Andres Kudacki/Associated Press

    Tuesday, June 10

    The Daily Mail's Simon Jones reports Tottenham are among the clubs after Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata.

    Arsenal and Internazionale are also said to be interested in the 21-year-old who could be available on loan according to quotes Jones cites from Real manager Carlo Ancelotti.

    Spurs were linked with Morata last summer, with The Guardian's David Hytner among those suggesting Morata could have been involved in the Gareth Bale transfer.

    Elsewhere, the Daily Express' Ben Jefferson mentions Spurs as one of several teams interested in Barcelona's Alexis Sanchez.

Friedel Signs New One-Year Deal

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    Friedel will be representing Tottenham again next season.
    Friedel will be representing Tottenham again next season.Francisco Seco/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    Tottenham Hotspur confirmed via their official website on Monday that goalkeeper Brad Friedel has signed a new one-year deal with the club.

    With his contract due to expire this summer, it had been revealed on the Premier League's retained and released list last month that Friedel had been offered an extension.

    The 43-year-old staying resolves the uncertain issue of Tottenham's main back-up goalkeeper for next season. The announcement of an ambassadorial role too suggests the wheels are in motion for the American to retire after this season.

Mauricio Pochettino OK with Mirko Vucinic Move?

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    Thumbs up if you want to move to the Premier League?
    Thumbs up if you want to move to the Premier League?Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    According to Calcio Mercato (via Inside Futbol), Mauricio Pochettino has said yes to Tottenham pursuing Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic.

    Vucinic has been linked to a move to White Hart Lane before. Last December, the Daily Star's Paul Hetherington suggested Spurs wanted to take the Montenegro international on loan.

    Playing opportunities at Juve decreased for Vucinic last season. Barring a change of heart from manager Antonio Conte, he is unlikely to be part of the Bianconeri's plans moving forward.

    With experience at European and international level, Vucinic is sure to be in demand if he does become available this summer. 

Spurs and Arsenal Vying for Bernard?

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    Brazil man Bernard.
    Brazil man Bernard.Elise Amendola/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Bernard could be interesting both Arsenal and Tottenham, according to the Daily Express' David Wright.

    Wright quotes the Brazil international saying he will not consider any move until after the World Cup.

    The Express was one of several media outlets linking the north London rivals with a move for Bernard last summer before he opted to head to Ukraine.

    Meanwhile, the same newspaper's Ben Jefferson reports "Manchester United and Tottenham are on alert after Colombian winger James Rodriguez admitted he is keen on a greater challenge after his first season at Monaco." 

Napoli Not Interested in Lamela, but Sandro Is a Target

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    Sandro is interesting Napoli according to reports.
    Sandro is interesting Napoli according to reports.Matt Dunham/Associated Press

    Monday, June 9

    While Napoli are interested in signing Spurs midfielder Sandro, the club has no interest in Erik Lamela.

    So says Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis in an article by Wright.

    "Rumours about our interest in him (Lamela) are only agent's games," De Laurentiis said. "I wanted him a year ago but they didn’t allow the deal."

    The Napoli head honcho did admit Sandro is "one of our targets, but not the only one." 

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