Tottenham latest, 'six or seven' academy players in squad for Benfica, two young players linked

A selection of the latest stories surrounding Tottenham Hotspur this Wednesday evening.

Tottenham may be including ‘six or seven’ Academy players in their squad to face Benfica in the Europa League tomorrow evening according to the Daily Mail.

Spurs are short on available defenders as they bid to turn around their 3-1 deficit in Lisbon, with the Mail also reporting that Paulinho and Emmanuel Adebayor are doubts for tomorrow evening’s game, with the latter suffering from a gashed knee.

Holland boss Louis Van Gaal has said he has ambitions to manage in the Premier League and to win another league title in his career.

Van Gaal has been linked with the manager’s job at White Hart Lane and was reportedly contacted by chairman Daniel Levy before Tim Sherwood was appointed on an 18 month contract, according to the London Evening Standard.

The Standard cites quotes from German newspaper, Bild, which say: “My ambition is to coach a top team in the Premier League. I have never experienced the atmosphere in England.

“I want to win the league title in a fourth country – that’s my ambition and I want to fulfil it.”

He has also been linked with the manager’s job at Manchester United.

The Standard is also reporting that Tottenham are chasing Charlton Athletic youngster Diego Poyet.

The 18-year-old central midfielder is the son of former Spurs player, and assistant manager, Gus Poyet – and it is reported he could leave for as little as £400,000 at the end of the season.

Arsenal are also said to be interested, along with West Ham United and Fulham.

The same report suggests that Spurs are monitoring the progress of Dutch goalkeeper Warner Hahn, who plays in the Dutch second division for FC Dordrecht, and has broken into the Holland Under-21 squad.

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