Jose wants Zouma reunion
One of Tottenham’s summer transfer targets is reportedly an old Jose Mourinho favourite from his time at Chelsea.
The boss wants to sign Kurt Zouma in a bid to boost the consistency of the Tottenham back line.
The Express say Zouma could be available for £25million, with Chelsea in turn hoping to land Declan Rice from West Ham.
Everton are said to also be interested in signing Zouma, having had him on loan previously.
Ideal Aurier replacement?
Tottenham have also been linked with a new full-back option, with Atalanta’s Timothy Castagne responding favourably to rumours of interest in him.
Freddie Clayton has detailed for football.london why he is a good fit for the club, with his age and defensive solidity both positives to consider as a succession plan for Serge Aurier.
Castagne actually fills in as the second-choice wing-back on both sides of Atalanta’s 3-5-2 system, earning him considerably more game time than if he were a mere backup for one player, and he’d give Mourinho more options and depth in the backline.
Clayton suggests Aurier should be kept, rather than sold, and points to Manchester City’s depth and constant rotation in wide areas as proof of the importance of having numbers to compete on multiple fronts.
Ben Davies is the only option on the left, with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker-Peters both having departed in January as full-back alternatives.
Make-or-break season for Clarke
Tottenham were widely thought to have won an important race last summer when they completed the signing of Jack Clarke from Leeds.
The winger had excelled in the Championship and headed back there on loan in 2019/20 to keep clocking up game time and experience – but it hasn’t gone to plan at all.
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The 19-year-old was regularly an unused substitute at Leeds in the first half of the season, making just one appearance off the bench in the league, and Spurs ended the loan early to send him out to QPR instead.
That hasn’t seen much of an improvement either: just five sub outings in the league so far, with the end of the campaign drawing close.
Rob Guest explains for football.london how there’s likely no place for him in Mourinho’s squad for 20/21 and another loan away is the most probable course of action.
He’s not yet 20, but Clarke is facing a “defining season” in his career – if he wants to make it at Spurs, at least.