Savage: These two players mean Tottenham do not need £25m star

Robbie Savage believes Tottenham do not need to sign Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin.

Tottenham Hotspur attempted to sign Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer, but came up short with the Frenchman denied a move away from Southampton.

The Saints have been excellent this season and managing to get him mid-campaign is just as unlikely, while Arsenal are also keenly interested.

Former Premier League footballer Robbie Savage believes however that the French international is no longer needed at Tottenham, and they should focus elsewhere.

He told The BBC: "They tried to sign Morgan Schneiderlin in the summer but I am not sure they need him in midfield - Ryan Mason and Benjamin Stambouli have both done well, and their results have improved recently.

"So the focus now should be strengthening up front and signing someone to help out Harry Kane."

Ryan Mason has not cost a penny, rising from the academy to become an essential first team star.

Stambouli cost only £4.8 million and has recently started featuring for the first team.

It's too early to say he is better than Schneiderlin, but Tottenham owe it to themselves and the midfielder to give him a real chance to continue to show so before committing to a big bid for the Saints star.

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