Sunday 20 October 2019

Spurs open to deal for out-of-favour Man United defender - but one stumbling block could halt the move

Manchester United's Luke Shaw
Manchester United's Luke Shaw
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is open to the prospect of a reunion with Manchester United defender Luke Shaw in the January transfer window, understands.

Shaw has been heavily linked with a move to Spurs in recent weeks, with United's eagerness to sign Tottenham's unsettled full-back Danny Rose paving the way for what could be one of the biggest moves after Christmas.

Shaw views Pochettino as his mentor after the pair built up a strong working relationship during their time together at Southampton and he recently contributed to a tribute to his former boss in a book written by author Guillem Balagué.

Now it appears Shaw is about to be presented with a chance to relaunch his career with Pochettino, with the defender who has started just three Premier League games for United throughout 2017 finally deciding he is fighting a losing battle in his bid to get back into manager Jose Mourinho's plans.

A reunion with Pochettino would appear to be the best option for all parties, yet one possible stumbling block is that Shaw would need to take a big pay cut to fit in with Tottenham's wage structure if he was to swap Manchester for north London in January.

Meanwhile, United's pursuit of unsettled Tottenham full-back Rose took a fresh twist on Saturday when the England star was left out of Pochettino's Spurs squad for the north London derby against Arsenal after reports of a 'heated row' between the duo at the club's training ground.

Rose was then ordered to train with other fringe members of the Spurs squad rather than make the short trip to Arsenal, fuelling the belief that his days at the club may soon come to an end.

The Tottenham hierarchy were infuriated by Rose's decision to take part in a newspaper interview in August questioning the club's ambition and urging chairman Daniel Levy to sign higher profile players.

Spurs then ordered Rose to issue an apology for his actions, but he has struggled to force his way back into Pochettino's plans despite recovering from a recent injury setback.

Now it appears a resolution to the futures of Rose and Shaw could be imminent, with a high profile transfer in the January window valued in excess of £40m now a real possibility.

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