Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas wants to replace Benoit Assou-Ekotto at the end of season, reports the Sunday People.

Assou-Ekotto is no longer the first-choice left-back with Jan Vertongen and Kyle Naughton having occupied the role throughout the season.

Spurs are looking to bring in a new left-back for next season and are keeping a close eye on their very own Danny Rose, who is currently on loan at Sunderland.

Rose has played a handful of times for Tottenham, most famously against Arsenal where he scored a 25-yard volley on his Premier League debut in April 2010. But since that memorable strike, the 22-year-old full-back has failed to flourish, and the England Under-21 international remains behind Assou-Ekotto in the pecking order.

The 29-year-old defender joined Spurs in the summer of 2006 and has made 143 appearances for the club, scoring just four goals.

He was a regular under Harry Redknapp last season and started the first three league games under 'AVB', scoring a 25-yard strike against West Brom in the 1-1 draw at the Hawthorns on 25 August.

But he got injured against Norwich in the third league game of the season and since his return from injury, he and Kyle Naughton have both been used to occupy the role sparingly.

It seems that AVB doesn’t fully trust Assou-Ekotto, but with Naughton's lack of experience, the Portuguese tactician has to use him in the big games to allow Naughton to develop.

The Cameroon international has been known to make a few mistakes in his career, but should Redknapp keep QPR in the Premier League, the Rs are likely to be interested in acquiring his services, according to reports.


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