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Walker replacement and Man United's Dier interest on Tottenham agenda

Walker replacement and Man United's Dier interest on Tottenham agenda
From ESPN - July 17, 2017

It has been a curiously quiet summer at Tottenham so far -- they are the only Premier League club yet to make a signing -- although that is expected to change now Kyle Walker has joined Manchester City for 50 million.

Given how impressive they were in the latter half of last season, the main issues for the club to address this summer are transfer-market related, although manager Mauricio Pochettino also faces the considerable task of preparing his players for Wembley. Here's five key questions for the club in preseason ...

Who can they sign to improve the squad?

How do you improve a team that won 11 of the final 12 league games last season, finishing second with a record number of Premier League points, while simultaneously building a new 800m stadium and maintaining a strict wage budget? That is the challenge facing Tottenham this summer, and it has not proved easy.

Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy have always made it clear Spurs are operating in a different financial sphere to their top six rivals and they must take risks in the transfer market without being reckless. For example, Spurs admire Ross Barkley but sources have told ESPN FC his wage demands and Everton's valuation of the England midfielder make that deal prohibitive for now. So what do they do? Another Dele Alli or Eric Dier would be ideal. Another Georges-Kevin Nkoudou would not.

Who will replace Kyle Walker?

There is one area where Spurs really do need a new player. Walker's 50 million transfer to City has left Levy with a burning a hole in his pocket, and the club with just one right-back. Kieran Trippier is trusted by Pochettino, and the club are happy with the Walker deal. But given Pochettino's fondness for rotating his full-backs, a replacement is needed sharpish (unless the manager is planning something wild, like using youngster Kyle Walker-Peters or teaching Moussa Sissoko some new tricks).

Club sources say they are not actively pursuing Ricardo Pereira of Porto, the 23-year-old who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Nice. So, then, who? The answer is anyone's guess and the chances are they will return for Pereira, who has a release clause of about 25m.

Should they cash-in on Dier?

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