As with every summer, even more so when a World Cup is in progression, transfer rumours fill the pages of newspapers and websites alike, and it is very hard to tell which ones have substance and which are pure fiction.
However, the persistent news of centre backs coming and going at Tottenham indicates that new manager Mauricio Pochettino has identified his back line as his most pressing need.
Former charges Dejan Lovren (Southampton) and Hector Moreno (Espanyol) have been linked with a reunion with Pochettino, Dutch centre back Joel Veltman, former Spurs player Steven Caulker, and Nottingham Forest's England U-20 international Jamaal Lascelles have also been rumoured to be on the Spurs hitlist, while Michael Dawson looks set to leave White Hart Lane and join Hull.
Ben Davies move from Swansea is inching towards a resolution with the two clubs still in talks, so Pochettino has clearly made his priorities clear.
With only 55 goals scored in the league, nearly half that of champions Manchester City or runners-up Liverpool, and only one more goal conceded than Brendan Rodgers' side, at first glance it seems strange that Pochettino has not targeted attackers over defenders, but without a solid defensive platform Tottenham's array of midfielders and forwards will be unable to perform.
Spurs were exposed far too easily and players were caught between offering support in the final third, and providing defensive cover. That players were caught out of position so often did not help, while the high defensive line was exposed time and time again. Spurs dominated possession, which made the manner of defeats to Chelsea (4-0) and West Ham (3-1, 2-0) even more galling.
Defenders may never be glamourous, but they are vitally important and with a top class keeper in Hugo Lloris behind them, a new look defence could be the foundations on which Spurs and Pochettino can build a successful season.
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