Tottenham's 'mad' pursuit of international star discussed

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Tottenham Hotspur have already taken the first steps in a big summer.

After finishing in sixth place in the Premier League the focus for Jose Mourinho's side is ensuring that the club qualify for the Champions League next term.

That's the minimum expectation as Spurs know that they risk losing some big players if they don't.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg completed a move to North London for a fee of £15million, but the feeling is that this is just the start.

Several other players are likely to be targeted, with a playmaker near the top of the list.

Tottenham have struggled since losing Christian Eriksen to Inter Milan in January, and that means that signing a replacement will be top of the list.

One man who has been linked is Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian is said to be available after falling way down the pecking order with Barcelona.

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Reported to be available for £44.5million, the 28-year-old is said to be a target for several Premier League sides including Newcastle United, Arsenal and Spurs.

One man who knows Tottenham inside-out is Football London reporter Alasdair Gold who has revealed that a move to north London just doesn't make sense for the former Liverpool man.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Gold said: "Coutinho – some of the details I’ve heard about the loan deal, I think it was Kia Joorabchian, his agent, was saying something about all in, the loan deal for Coutinho would work out at about £30 million for one season.

“It’s mad. It’s just not a Spurs thing to do.

"He’s 28. It’s just not the way Spurs operate and I know that upsets people when I say ‘the way Spurs operate’, but it’s been going on for 20 years.

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"I’m not going to change it, I can’t. So, unfortunately, I think we just have to work with it until such time as Spurs are big enough and able to compete with the big boys in that sense.”

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Philippe Coutinho is an outstanding player.

He showed at Liverpool just how good he actually is after establishing himself as one of the best players in the Premier League by scoring 54 and creating 45 in 201 appearances.

While things haven't quite worked out at the Nou Camp, I hope it doesn't break him as a player.

Coutinho deserves another opportunity to shine in the Premier League, and at 28 years of age, he is still very much in his prime.

Tottenham would be an ideal move for the Brazilian, however with Alasdair Gold stating that it's perhaps a non-starter, it seems that it might not happen.

I'd love to see the former Liverpool man back in the Premier League, I just hope someone makes an offer as it's a gamble that could pay off big time.

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