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Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25

Sam RookeFeatured ColumnistAugust 25, 2014

Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 25

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    Tottenham's season has begun in ideal fashion with three wins from three games but Mauricio Pochettino has a week left to improve Spurs' squad before the window closes for another four months. 

    Departures continue to be the focus as the majority of Tottenham's signings have already been made. 

    Michael Dawson has completed his move to Hull City

    There is also news of a renewed Southampton bid for Andros Townsend. 

    Pochettino may be tempted into returning once more to the market to improve Spurs' striking options with Swansea's Wilfried Bony among those mentioned. 

    This article will be updated as the week unfolds. Be sure to return here to stay up to date. 

     

    Last updated: Friday, August 29

Spurs Bid for Defensive Midfielder Stambouli?

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    Tottenham appear to have moved on from the pursuit of Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin and shifted focus to Benjamin Stambouli. The Montpellier midfielder earned 14 caps at under-21 level but has yet to be capped as a senior international. 

    Montpellier reportedly agreed a fee with fellow Ligue 1 club Marseille but Stambouli rejected the move, according to club president Louis Nicollin

Sandro Going Nowhere

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    Sandro has been linked with a move to Napoli this summer but his agent has downplayed any chance of a Spurs exit. 

    One of the most popular players at Tottenham, as well as a very effective midfielder when fit, Sandro has had a first-team role since arriving in 2010. After a rocky start, he quickly adapted to become a vital part of Spurs' team. 

    However, injuries appear to have slowed him down somewhat and Etienne Capoue's solid early-season displays have kept him out of Premier League action so far. 

    Spurs will likely demand a fee in excess of Napoli's valuation so this transfer has little chance of getting off thr ground.

    Napoli have been in pursuit of a rugged midfielder since the sale of Valon Behrami to Hamburg

Saints Back in for Townsend?

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    Andros Townsend has been linked with a move to Southampton this summer. While Spurs have rebuffed their efforts so far, Southampton have returned with an improved bid, according to ESPN. 

    It seems highly unlikely that Townsend would be sold. He is an excellent squad player and no replacement of comparable quality is available. 

    However, if Spurs are keen to cash in on the England winger, Southampton could perhaps be persuaded to reconsider their stance on France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. 

Update: Dawson Departs for Hull

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    Tottenham's club captain Michael Dawson appears to be on the verge of completing a transfer to Hull City. According to the BBC, there is a deal in principle between the two clubs and Dawson will soon make the move north. 

    After a lengthy and largely successful Spurs career, it will be a shame to see Dawson go but he simply lacks the tools required to play his position in the way that Mauricio Pochettino demands. 

    Dawson will likely be a great success at Hull City but his time at Spurs is now over. 

    Update: Hull City have now completed the deal for Michael Dawson. He will surely be a great success on Humberside but the four-times capped Englishman simply couldn't adapt to Spurs' more modern approach to defending. He will be warmly welcomed back to White Hart Lane when Hull City visit next May. 

     

Update: Dawson Replacement Joins

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    With the sale of Dawson, Spurs will be one defender short of the four that are generally considered to be necessary. In that light, the imminent arrival of Sevilla defender Federico Fazio is good news. 

    Local Sevilla newspaper Estadio Deportivo, quoted by SportWitness, suggest that Fazio will join Spurs before next week's transfer deadline day. 

    The central defender is tall, strong in the air and of limited technical prowess. He is a perfect squad member and a good replacement for Dawson. He will challenge Younes Kaboul for the right-sided centre-back role. 

    Update: Spurs have confirmed the signing of Fazio on a four-year deal from Sevilla

Spurs Join Queue for PSG Youngster

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    PSG's Adrien Rabiot has been a 'rising star' for several years but with the glut of established players ahead of him in Paris, he has grown frustrated and is seeking a move. Heavily linked with Arsenal, Spurs have now apparently joined in the chase

    Just 19, Rabiot is a tall and elegant midfielder that plays with a certain flair. A seasoned youth international, Rabiot is desperate to play more regular first-team football. He would likely make the move were he offered guarantees. 

    B/R's Jonathan Johnson, quoting L'Equipe, suggests that Rabiot has refused to attend training in a bid to force a move. 

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