Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino has ordered scouts to begin their hunt for a replacement for Danny Rose with the north Londoners beginning to prepare for life without the £50 million-rated left-back, according to The Mirror.

The 27-year-old’s future at Spurs has been questioned for some time, with comments made over the summer regarding his happiness with the club surfacing doubts on his commitment to the Lilywhites.

Fellow Premier League giants Manchester United have reportedly shown interest in securing the Tottenham defender for the last 12 months, with the Red Devils’ Luke Shaw seemingly not up the mark boss Jose Mourinho expects from his players.

However, despite their year-long attempts, the north west side have been unable to coax Rose to Old Trafford, but that could be set to change in January.

The report suggests that Tottenham boss Pochettino is now willing to cut loose his pacey left-back, and has instructed his talent spotters to unearth another option of similar ilk in order to help Spurs’ defensive cause.

But the temporary Wembley Stadium hierarchy will only be willing to part company with the Leeds United academy graduate should United stump up the £50m Daniel Levy and co. have demanded.

During the summer Rose made a number of comments which caused friction between himself and Tottenham, with a discussion regarding the Lilywhites’ transfer policy upsetting many connected to the club.

However, the Englishman also spoke freely about the Tottenham’s refusal to match the wages of other top-flight clubs, and insisted he would have no issue in raising the concern should another offer come along.

“I am reaching my peak and have probably only got one big contract left in me”, the Doncaster-bron defender said in the midst of a long-term injury lay-off earlier this year.

“I’m not saying I want out, but if something came to me that was concrete, I’d have no qualms about voicing my opinions to anyone at the club.”

It is thought boss Pochettino saw this as an attempt to lure United to the player’s doorstep, and the Tottenham manager is no longer prepared to house someone less than fully committed to the cause within his squad.

This will not be the first time a Spurs defender has been poached from under the nose of the Argentine, with the 45-year-old losing fellow wing-back Kyle Walker to Manchester City over the summer in a £50m deal.

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