With Tottenham preparing for a trip to Elland Road to face Leeds in the FA Cup fourth round on Sunday, two of the more newsworthy stories connected to the club today surround a pair of talented youngsters.
Highly rated Alex Pritchard, one of the stars of the NextGen win away to Barcelona, is a target for Liverpool. Former academy coach Alex Inglethorpe recently switched from Spurs to Anfield, and knows Pritchard well and believes he can tempt him to make a move. The Evening Standard claim the attacking midfielder is 'undecided' over his future, which isn't news Spurs fans will want to hear.
Promising young striker Souleymane Coulibaly has been loaned out to Italian side Grosseto, who are in Serie B. The exciting 18-year-old will likely get chances to make a name for himself, the club are bottom of the division and crying out for a hero, so his progress is certainly one to watch.
Assistant boss Steffen Freund says the club can't afford to underestimate Sunday's opponents Leeds, and admits he is shocked by the speed of their decline, adding : "During my time here as a player we always had difficult games at Elland Road."
Key defender Jan Vertonghen is fit again after missing the home clash with Manchester United due to illness, and is likely to start, while it is reported William Gallas - who has been out with a calf strain - is back in contention.
The Guardian claims Tottenham are in for West Ham's Mohamed Diame, a defensive midfielder who has a release clause of just £3.5 million. The Hammers are desperate to avoid losing him, with Arsenal also strongly linked with the player.
Talksport claims Spurs are the frontrunners to sign Celtic's Gary Hooper, even after Norwich made another bid for the player yesterday. The forward would cost around £7 million.
And finally, Spurs have a new challenger for Hugo Lloris... Gareth Bale. The Welshman was messing around in goal during training and pulled off a save the club's number one would have been proud of. You can watch it here.
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