Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino is looking to ensure future success by both opening talks with Mousa Dembele, whose contract expires in 2019, and enquiring regarding the availability of Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Amadou Haidara, according to The Sun.
Since joining from Fulham in 2012, the Spurs deep-lying playmaker has made 163 appearances in the Premier League (featuring no less than 26 times each season) for the Lilywhites and has been both a catalyst for and a beneficiary of the side’s rise to become one of England’s top clubs.
The report suggests that Dembele’s wages at Tottenham could rise to around £100,000 if a new deal is signed, bringing his salary in the realm of the highest-earner, Harry Kane.
Another addition to the Spurs wage bill could arrive this summer if the Spurs boss gets his way.
Mali international Haidara is said to be in Pochettino’s sights, although Tottenham fans may question whether he is really needed as Josh Onomah may be fighting for a place when he returns from his loan spell at Aston Villa.
Further to this, given that Haidara occupies roughly the same place on the team sheet as Naby Keita at sister club RB Leizpig, he might already be lined up to replace the midfielder there and Daniel Levy could have a battle on his hands to stop him heading to Germany.
The Sun conclude by stating that Tottenham are also looking at Swansea City’s Alfie Mawson.
Spurs are unlikely to be the only side keeping an eye on the defender given the ostensible lack of quality centre-backs on the market and the enforcer’s recent call-up to the England senior squad for upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.