Danny Murphy claims stories that trio want out of Spurs amid Manchester interest are true

Tottenham new signing Danny Murphy

Danny Murphy has claimed stories that a trio of Tottenham Hotspur stars want out with Manchester United and Manchester City circling are true.

Tottenham manager Mauricio PochettinoTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Spurs will finish runners-up in the Premier League behind champions Chelsea after another superb but trophy-less season.

The lack of silverware and the club's strict wage structure has led to many questioning whether the club can hold on to its best players.

The Sun claimed this week that key trio Eric Dier, Kyle Walker and Danny Rose all want out this summer while contract negotiation with star defender Toby Alderweireld have stalled over pay demands.

Both the Red Devils and Pep Guardiola's City are said to be in the running for the trio as they look to mount a serious challenge to Spurs and Chelsea next season. 

Spurs fans were hoping the reports were just newspaper speculation with the summer transfer window looming and speaking on talkSPORT journalist Des Kelly suggested as much.

But worryingly for Tottenham fans former midfielder turned respected pundit Murphy, who is still well connected in the game, claimed there is substance to the stories.

Tottenham new signing Danny MurphyFormer Spurs star turned pundit Danny Murphy

"Des has kind of flattened it in a way to say 'well there's always a lot of paper talk'," Murphy told talkSPORT.

"I think they've got a real problem here (Spurs) because I know that both full-backs are keen to move.

"Dier wants to play because he's not first choice all the time, and he wants to play midfield because he believes it's his best position and I understand that, the football side of it, if you want to play every week and you're not and he's a good player."

Tottenham's Danny Rose celebrates scoring their second goal with Kyle WalkerTottenham's Danny Rose and Kyle Walker

With the likes of Ben Davies and Kieran Trippier in reserve it could be argued Tottenham might be able to afford to lose Rose and Walker to find alternatives.

But the loss of a young and versatile player like Dier could prove unsettling to a squad that is progressing nicely without lifting any silverware as of yet.

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