Report: Spurs front-runners to sign player for just £4m in the summer

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Dom Le Roy

According to a report in the print edition of The Sunday Mirror, page 67 (as relayed by TBR Football), Tottenham believe that they are in pole position to secure the signature of Antalyaspor winger, Paul Mukairu at the end of the season.

Mukairu, who is out on loan at Anderlecht this season, has established himself as a key player for Vincent Kompany side’s, with the winger managing four goals and four assists so far.

The report claims that several European clubs are tracking the youngster on the back of his breakthrough season in Belgium this year, with Bayern Leverkusen and Villarreal hot on Tottenham’s heels.

However, it is suggested that Spurs believe they can beat out the competition for the 21-year-old when the transfer window opens in the summer.

According to The Mirror, the North Londoners could land the Nigerian for a modest £4m fee at the end of the season.

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While apart from our obvious deficiencies at centre-back, we also lack forwards/wingers who can run with the ball and beat players. We saw the big difference Bale made when he came on against West Ham as he was willing to take risks in possession. That is another area we should sort out in the summer.

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  1. Is buying 4M players on the cheap going to fix the seemingly “unfixable problems in the Spurs camp” me thinks not. Whilst Mourinho may be simply attempting to bullet dodge the media, given Tottenham’s pitiful and grossly underwhelming present form, it is abundantly clear that there is now a gaping chasm of wrongness to the way this slumbering giant are being managed. I have long advocated a sea-shift in change to the miserly philosophy of one Daniel Levy when it comes particularly to the purchase of new players, and if truth be told he’s been getting it massively wrong for years. However that said Mourinho who professes to having training ideas and practices that he proclaims are second to none, can not get off so lightly here. For the large part Pochettino’s 6 year reign he brought about a swagger and style that so nearly reaped the rewards so readily craved by the Tottenham faithful. Many may still argue on the disappointment of a CL final defeat to Liverpool, Spurs were left precariously damaged and haunted by this. Was this a hangover or were Tottenham then spent and disillusioned as a team, I think we will truly never know though the form had spluttered along for some time leading up to the CL final and into the next and Poch ultimately paid the price with his job. Mourinho was then brought in to both steady a faltering ship and ultimately lead it back to its former glory, but in this past year or so and despite being more handsomely rewarded in signings and acquisitions in one season than Poch ever truly was in his entire career as Spurs coach, Mourinho has led us even further into choppy and unpredictable waters and the club looks more resolutely sinking than it does swimming. To be polite if Mourinho’s methods are so great why does it look the exact opposite? Lets be honest here Spurs are a side that look tragically lost, there’s no desire to proactively chase and create, indeed much of their football is either sideways or backwards and lets not even get started on possession or passing and movement. Indeed the only time that Spurs truly show fight is when they are a chasing defeat, and it is blindingly obvious now how that is turning out. I honestly cannot see Spurs overcoming a now fizzing Man City in the Carling Cup final, which puts question to their progression in the Europa as it heads towards tougher KO rounds (do Spurs have the fight against tougher opponents?) we are already gone from the FA cup and deservedly so, and as for top four Spurs will be lucky to make top six and at present that doesn’t look likely as form goes. Whether Jose is still at the helm come summer remains to be seen, though it is looking a little precarious from the outside. Whilst I am critical of Mourinho it is more to do with his stubborn self destructive pattern of alienating players and burning bridges badly in that manner which can leave a club mentally scarred, however I do not believe he is ultimately responsible for the blurred ambitions of a football club that should have done so much better than it has over many years now and I truly wonder if Tottenham can ever hope to recapture the glory glory years of a bygone age whilst Levy steers the ship ever further into the deepest fog further and further away from any kind of treasure!


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