Report: Tottenham have no intention of selling Mousa Dembele despite Sunderland interest

Tottenham are reportedly looking to keep Sunderland target Mousa Dembele at White Hart Lane.

According to ESPN, Tottenham currently have no plans to sell midfielder Mousa Dembele, despite alleged interest from Premier League rivals Sunderland.

Spurs have already sold two central midfielders this summer, with Paulinho and Etienne Capoue moving on to Guangzhou Evergrande and Watford respectively, whilst L'Equipe report that Benjamin Stambouli is set to join Paris Saint-Germain in the coming hours.

Having lost so many central midfielders, manager Mauricio Pochettino may not be so keen to let another one go just yet - but reports have emerged of interest in Dembele.

All Sports News reported over the weekend that Sunderland - managed by Dembele's former AZ Alkmaar boss Dick Advocaat - were interested in signing the 28-year-old this summer.

However, ESPN suggest that Tottenham have no interest in selling the Belgian international, with Dembele likely to push harder for a first team place with less competition in his way given the sales this summer.

Can Dembele make an impact for Spurs next season?

During his time at Fulham, Dembele was one of the hottest midfielders in the Premier League, providing driving runs from midfield and incisive passes in the final third.

At Spurs, he hasn't quite been able to kick on and take the next step, producing inconsistent performances and mere flashes of his ability rather than making an impact on a regular basis.

With few options at Pochettino's disposal in midfield, Dembele could find a role next to Nabil Bentaleb - but Ryan Mason is likely to still be above him in the pecking order.

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