Tottenham set on first two summer signings despite one Jose Mourinho reservation

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    Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has already discussed Spurs’ plans to recruit this summer with chairman Daniel Levy. The Portuguese will be looking to make several changes to the squad he inherited from Mauricio Pochettino in November.

    There are several issues that need to be resolved in terms of outgoings and Tottenham will need to sell if they’re to buy.

    Jan Vertonghen is set to leave upon the expiry of his contract while Danny Rose and Juan Foyth could also be heading for the exit door.

    Erik Lamela is set to make a decision on his future too while Harry Kane has insisted he will not stay at Tottenham for the sake of it.

    The Spurs frontman is expected to give Mourinho a full transfer window to prove he can win trophies with Tottenham.

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    Mourinho reportedly has reservations over his height though but a deal is expected to be signed off nonetheless.

    Serge Aurier could depart with Monaco keen on bringing him back to Ligue 1 where he spent time with Toulouse and Paris Saint-Germain.

    Elsewhere, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg has been identified as Tottenham’s main target.

    The Southampton star has just one year remaining on his deal at St Mary’s but the club still want £35million to let him go.

    Tottenham will look to negotiate a deal at a lower price but may still need to sell to spend.

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    Former Spurs striker Darren Bent believes his old side can do much better than the Danish international.

    He said: “Listen, Hojbjerg’s a very good player and he’s had a fantastic season at Southampton, but you look at someone like him and go, ‘Is he going to make them better?’

    “This is a team that’s got to be competing for Champions Leagues and trophies. If they get Hojbjerg and maybe lose Ndombele, does he make them that much better? Will he be a player other players look at and go, ‘I want to go and play with him?’ I’m not quite sure.

    “When you look at Spurs, and I’m not disrespecting Hojbjerg one bit, he’s had a very, very good season, look at where Spurs have come from in the last eight years or whatever, you talk about Mousa Dembele, Scott Parker, Luka Modric, Wanyama – they’ve had so many very good midfielder players.

    “All of sudden you think, ‘Hold on a second here, yes Hojbjerg’s a very good player but will he make them better where people go Spurs are really serious?’ I’m not so sure.”

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