Arsenal sale a determining factor as Tottenham hunt Wolves ace

Date published: Wednesday 26th August 2020 1:42

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An Arsenal departure could be the catalyst behind a Wolves star potentially joining Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham, claims a report.

Spurs have set about reshaping their squad this summer with several faces familiar to the Premier League.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart have already signed on the dotted line, but business is unlikely to end there.

With the £12m sale of Kyle Walker-Peters to Southampton, Tottenham remain perilously light in the right-back position.

Serge Aurier currently holds the starting spot, but the Ivorian has been linked with a switch to a Serie A giant.

Right-back reinforcements have therefore become a priority, and FootballLondon report that Spurs are ‘keen’ on Wolves’ Matt Doherty.

The Irish international has been a creative force over the past two seasons. Only Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold has created more chances from the position.

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At 28, Doherty is in the prime of his career, and his 15 combined goals across all competitions over the last two seasons has proven his quality at the top level.

Wolves are understandably reluctant to allow him to leave, but one determining factor could surround Arsenal.

Gunners star Ainsley Maitland-Niles has been the subject of Wolves’ interest, with an opening offer recently rejected.

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Arsenal are understood to be open to Maitland-Niles’ exit if a deal can be reached, meaning their need to retain Doherty’s services would not be as strong.

A further incentive for Tottenham regards the make-up of their squad.

FootballLondon report that following Hojbjerg’s signing, the club have reached their limit of 17 foreign players for their European squad.

Due to Doherty spending three years with Wolves before turning 21, the Irishman counts as a homegrown player.

 

Mourinho holds personal talks with Prem winger

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Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly ‘held personal talks’ with a Premier League winger over the possibility of a permanent switch to North London.

The Sun (via FootballInsider) report that Tottenham have ‘held talks’ with Leicester City regarding Demarai Gray.

The 24-year-old wide man has been with The Foxes since 2016 after making his breakthrough with boyhood club Birmingham City.

But with just 12 months remaining on his current deal, Leicester could be open to a sale to avert the risk of losing him for nothing next year.

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