Tottenham target Bubacar Boi Djalo

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Tottenham have targeted talented Portuguese defensive midfielder Bubacar Boi Djaló from Sporting Lisbon as part of their summer recruitment plans.

The 18-year-old has yet to play for the senior Sporting side but has been labelled as the new "Paul Pogba".

Both are midfielders, and have similar physiques, and Spurs would hope that should they sign the Guinea-Bissau born teenager Djalo will develop just as well as France international Pogba.

Djalo is available for a minimal fee as he is out of contract and the Daily Mirror understands that Tottenham have registered firm interest in the player and a move to England is more likely than one to Italy.

The youngster would fit in well with Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino's emphasis on youth. Spurs are lacking a true defensive midfielder, as demonstrated by the way the Lilywhites defence can be exposed so easily.

Academy graduates Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have established themselves in the starting XI under their Argentine manager but neither is a real holding midfielder.

With Etienne Capoue being the nearest embodiment of a defensive screen in the middle of the park but finding himself expendable at White Hart Lane, Mousa Dembele being used further upfield and Paulinho unable to cope with the physical demands of playing in England, there is still room for improvement in the central midfield area despite a number of options.

This summer should see a clearout of players that do not fit into Pochettino's system, including Capoue, Paulinho and loannees Tom Carroll and Lewis Holtby.

The likes of Milos Veljkovic and Joshua Onomah may be promoted into the first team picture on a more reagular basis, and Spurs could field an even younger side next season.

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