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Tottenham plan major overhaul of defence with two signings and two exits in 'ideal' window


Tottenham have already turned their attention to the summer transfer window as Champions League qualification slips from their grasp. Spurs are seventh in the Premier League and seven points adrift of the top four following their damaging 3-1 defeat by Leeds United on Saturday.

Ryan Mason’s side were outplayed by Leeds at Elland Road, suffering defeat in a match they really needed to win in order to keep their fading hopes of a top-four finish alive.

Stuart Dallas opened the scoring for the home side, and although Son Heung-min equalised from Dele Alli’s through ball, Spurs failed to build on it.

Patrick Bamford turned in from close range to put Leeds 2-1 up at half-time and Marcelo Bielsa’s side made the game safe late on when Raphinha crossed for Rodrigo to find the bottom corner.

Tottenham’s frailties were there for all to see and their 11th Premier League defeat of the season means even a place in the Europa League might now prove difficult for Mason to achieve.

The 29-year-old former midfielder has three more games, against Wolves, Aston Villa and Leicester left in his tenure and Spurs must improve in order to finish the season on a high.

Behind the scenes chairman Daniel Levy continues his search for a long-term successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked last month.

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Mourinho has been appointed at Roma for the 2021/22 season but his former club appear no closer to finding a new manager.

Another important step of putting Spurs back on track next season will come in the transfer market, with incomings and outgoings on the agenda.

While Harry Kane and Son have continued their brilliance in front of goal, scoring 38 of their 61 Premier League goals this season, Tottenham’s defence has looked shaky throughout.

Hugo Lloris’ future has been the subject of some speculation, with the French goalkeeper now 34 and about to enter the last year of his contract with Spurs.

However, it is the defence which appears set to be the main area of activity this summer, with football.london reporting they are planning a major overhaul.

The report states that Spurs ‘ideally’ want to sign two new centre-backs this summer, but they realise they will need to sell two of their currently underperforming defenders in order to do so.

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Eric Dier has endured a rollercoaster season, having only recently worked his way back into the side under Mason after falling out of favour with Mourinho.

Dier complained about the media perception of him last week, but had another poor game at Elland Road, leaving Jack Harrison’s cross for Dallas’ opener and failing to track Bamford for the second.

The 27-year-old is under contract with Spurs until June 2024, but has been linked with a Mourinho reunion at Roma, alongside midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

Dier played alongside Toby Alderweireld against Leeds, with Davinson Sanchez on the bench as back-up in the position.

However, Joe Rodon did not even travel with the Spurs squad on Saturday so appears to be out of favour with Mason.

Rodon joined Tottenham from Swansea City for £11million in October and having signed a five-year contract it appears unlikely he would be allowed to leave so quickly.

Tottenham have previously been linked with Southampton centre-back Jannik Vestergaard and Fulham defender Joachim Andersen, as well as Milan Skriniar of Inter Milan.





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