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Nine players who could be on Mauricio Pochettino's Spurs shopping list

Published 28/05/2014 | 09:48

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Nine players new Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino and technical director Franco Baldini will look to blow their summer transfer budget on.

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1. Romelu Lukaku, Chelsea, £25m

The Chelsea striker who impressed while on loan at Everton last season was recommended as a priority signing by former manager Tim Sherwood, with Spurs planning to cash in on flop Roberto Soldado.

2. Jay Rodriguez, Southampton, £15m

The forward is currently recovering from a cruciate knee ligament injury which denied him a place in England's World Cup squad. A deal for the player to follow Pochettino to White Hart Lane has been discussed.

3. Loic Remy, Queens Park Rangers, £8m

A clause in his QPR contract means the French striker, who was on loan at Newcastle United last season, is available for £8m and Spurs are willing to match that fee. Remy, however, ideally wants to join a Champions League club and hopes Arsenal firm up their interest.

4. Mattia Destro, Roma, £12m

The 23-year-old forward moved to the Italian capital from Genoa last season and scored 13 goals in 20 Serie A appearances. Has played five times for the national team and is in the 30-man preliminary World Cup squad.

5. Adam Lallana, Southampton, £25m

Named in the PFA team of the year lastis season, the versatile England attacking midfielder is expected to sign for Liverpool but Pochettino hopes the relationship the pair struck up on the south coast can persuade him to move to Tottenham instead.

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6. Alvaro Vadillo, Real Betis, £8m

The Spanish left winger is one of the hottest teenagers in the transfer market, having already been likened to Cristiano Ronaldo and linked with Liverpool and Arsenal among other Champions League clubs. The second youngest player ever to appear in La Liga, now 19 he has featured at every age group for Spain.

7. Dejan Lovren, Southampton, £15m

Another Southampton player who is a favourite of Pochettino but is more likely to move to Liverpool. The formidable Croatia centre-half was a huge success at St Mary's after an £8.5m transfer last summer.

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8. Daley Blind, Ajax, £8m

Daley, the son of Ajax legend, Danny, was reinvented last season by Frank de Boer, the coach believed to be second choice for the Spurs job after Pochettino. Blind, 24, previously a left back, starred as a defensive midfielder in the most recent campaign, earning a call-up to Holland's preliminary World Cup squad.

9. Morgan Schneiderlin, Southampton, £15m

Yet another Saint interesting a host of top Premier League clubs. Arsenal are reported to have a longstanding interest in the Frenchman, who has never been capped by his country. The midfielder, 24, blossomed under Pochettino at Southampton.

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