Tottenham latest, club on alert for Benfica man? Rumoured target heads to France

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

Tottenham could be put on alert after comments from potential target Nicolas Gaitan according to the Daily Express. 

The report says the 26-year-old midfielder ruled out a move from Benfica last week but things may have changed in that time. 

Manchester United are also said to be interested in the player. 

Gaitan is quoted, saying: "At the moment I am totally focussed on playing for Benfica since I have a contract with them.

"But I wouldn't mind playing in a different league and, more importantly, to put the club first to help with their serious problems."

One player that Spurs were rumoured to be interested in who they will not be signing is Ever Banega from Newell's Old Boys.

TalkSport has picked up on a report in the Spanish media suggesting that Banega, who was said to have interested Head Coach Mauricio Pochettino during his time in charge at Southampton, will spurn any Premier League interest to sign for Marseille.

Away from transfers, and much of the news surrounding Spurs players is those heading to the World Cup.

Midfielder Paulinho is quoted by the Tottenham website, saying home advantage could help the Brazil side he is part of to become World Champions.

He said:"We know that there will be a lot of pressure on us but all the players who are going to the World Cup understand the responsibility and understand the importance of playing a World Cup in Brazil.

"In fact I think that it’s a positive thing, in our favour, playing in our own country in front of our fans. I think that can be important for us."

Jan Vertonghen is part of an exciting Belgium side who are many people's tip to be the dark horses of this tournament, but insists the side are nowhere near the favourites to win it.

He told the Tottenham website: “Everyone says we can win it, but we are not favourites at all in my opinion.

“We have a nice team with good players who have settled well in the Premier League and some other of the best leagues, but it’s wrong to see us as favourites if you compare us to other teams.

“I think people look at us now because we’ve got some players who are doing well in the big leagues."



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