Argentina World Cup reject can rebuild career at Tottenham

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Ever Banega’s omission from Argentina’s World Cup squad may prove a wake-up call to the 25-year-old and the catalyst for a move to Spurs

Mauricio Pochettino could mark the beginning of his reign as manager of Tottenham Hotspur in some style with the signing of Argentine playmaker Ever Banega.

The former Espanyol manager is no stranger to the 25-year-old’s talents, having seen the midfielder star for Valencia during his time in La Liga.

Banega has endured something of a troubled couple of years however, with a series of off-the-pitch excesses impacting his playing time at Los Che.

And just as it appeared that he was hitting top form for the Spanish giants in February 2012, the former Boca Juniors man injured himself in bizarre circumstances, having been run over by his own car in a petrol station after failing to put the handbrake on.

A lengthy spell out followed, with Banega eventually sent out on loan to Newell’s Old Boys in Argentina where he played 13 times in a bid to get back to full fitness in time for the World Cup.

At first the plan appeared to have worked, with Alejandro Sabella including the midfielder in his provisional squad for the finals in Brazil.

However Banega was eventually cut from the group and now faces an uncertain future at Valencia with new owner Peter Lim looking to overhaul the current playing squad.

Sunderland and Gustavo Poyet are thought to be keen on a move for the player but it is likely that the 25-year-old would favour a transfer to Tottenham, with a move to the Londoners offering him the opportunity to link-up with compatriot Pochettino and live in the capital.

And with Spurs challenging for Champions League qualification next term, Banega will know that an impressive season for the Lilywhites could see the playmaker back in Argentina’s plans ahead of the 2015 Copa America in Chile.

No price has been quoted as yet but with Valencia paying €20 million to land the South American youngster back in 2008, an offer of around £15 million could be enough to land the star.

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