Tottenham latest, Lloris denial, defender links, Burnley build-up

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A selection of the latest stories involving Tottenham Hotspur this Monday evening, ahead of their FA Cup tie with Burnley.

Tottenham have denied rumours that they are prepared to sell goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, with a figure of £25 million being mooted.

However a spokesperson for the club has dismissed the reports, saying: “There is no substance to the story, it is mischief making. We have talented players so we have to expect this sort of thing.”

Spurs are reportedly interested in signing Sporting Lisbon defender Miguel Lopes according to reports in Portugal, which have been picked up by TalkSport.

The 28-year-old has only made the three appearances for the club this season, but it could represent something of an odd move with Kyle Walker, Kyle Naughton and Eric Dier all playing the role this season, with Vlad Chiriches also playing his part on the right side of the defence during the festive period.

Grant Hall has returned to the club after having his season-long loan spell at Birmingham City cut short. It was a mutual agreement with Hall not being used at all by Gary Rowett ever since he took up the position at St Andrews.

Spurs are in FA Cup action tonight when they take on Burnley at Turf Moor with a difficult game in store for Mauricio Pochettino's side, and he is taking the competition seriously.

The Head Coach is quoted by the Spurs website, saying: “It’s true, every competition Tottenham go into is important for the club and for us it’s important to go to Burnley and try to win the game.

“It will be tough. Every game is difficult, every competition is difficult.

“But it’s our obligation to go to Burnley, try to win and try to go into the next round.”

Defender Federico Fazio has called on the side to play to the same level that allowed them to overcome Chelsea in a 5-3 win on New Years' Day, and is wary of the threat Burnley possess having narrowly edged them out 2-1 in the Premier League last month.

He said: "They played some good football and showed fight, but we need to win this type of game.

“All teams we come up against are different but we need to play the same as we did against Chelsea on the pitch and if we do that we can compete against any team.”

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