Here is your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest for Thursday, July 15.
Spurs set for pre-season opener
Tottenham will get their pre-season campaign under way on Saturday when they face Leyton Orient at The Breyer Group Stadium.
The clash with the League Two outfit will mark Spurs’ first match under the stewardship of new head coach Nuno Espirito Santo and all eyes will no doubt be on the Portuguese chief’s team selection, even though it will almost certainly be much different come the Premier League opener against Manchester City next month.
Although Espirito Santo has been without a few of his star players because of the European Championship and Copa America, he has still been able to get to work with plenty of household names at Hotspur Way, including the likes of Sergio Reguilon, Tanguy Ndombele and Dele Alli.
With that in mind, you can expect a few big-name stars to feature against Orient, as well as plenty of youngsters, who have had the chance to prove their worth in the absence of the club’s international contingent.
In total, the Spurs chief is expected to have 31 players available to him for selection.
Spurs ‘agree’ Kounde move
According to reports, Tottenham have agreed a deal with Sevilla to sign highly-rated central-defender Jules Kounde.
Spurs are desperate to bolster their defensive options this summer and the addition of Kounde, who is 22, would most certainly do that, with the Frenchman regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in European football.
It is reported that Spurs have agreed a fee of £25.5million, as well as including Davinson Sanchez within the deal.
Should Tottenham successfully lure Kounde to north London, he would become the club’s first signing since former Juventus chief Fabio Paratici took charge of the club’s transfer activity.
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Alli looking forward to the new season
Midfielder Alli is relishing the new campaign after a forgettable 2020/21 season.
The former MK Dons star was frozen out by former Spurs boss Jose Mourinho for much of the last campaign, restricting him to a total of just 15 Premier League appearances.
However, with a new head coach now at the helm, and the slate having been wiped clean, opportunities are likely to be far more forthcoming for the midfielder.
And it certainly appears as though he cannot wait for the action to start.
Speaking on Instagram, he said: “I’m super pumped for the new season.”