Another European super club circles an important Spurs star

It has been an increasingly common occurrence at Tottenham, ever since Teddy Sheringham moved from White Hart Lane to Manchester United, that the north Londoners’ better players are courted by superior powers.

Michael Carrick, Dimitar Berbatov, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale are all more modern examples of club gems that have been eyed by the continent’s more sizeable magpies and this summer has been no different.

Links between the Red Devils and local hero Harry Kane have neither grown to an uncontrollable level or gone away during the current transfer window and now another of the Lilywhites’ leading lights is reportedly wanted, by Juventus this time.

Having lost Arturo Vidal to Bayern Munich at the start of the campaign, the Italian giants supposedly want Spurs’ Danish creator, Christian Eriksen, to fill the Chilean’s void.

The Turin outfit would need to throw a stack of cash equalling £16.5m Spurs’ way in order to land their man, according to the Daily Mail, although the same publication suggest Daniel Levy would be initially staunch in his resistance of such a figure.

That is classic Levy. He was effusive in his obstinacy before eventually letting all of the aforementioned Tottenham stars leave White Hart Lane in the past. So frequent is this scenario, the Spurs chairman has a tried and trusted formula to follow in order to get an optimum price for any player.

The result of that is likely to be that neither Kane nor Eriksen leave Spurs this summer, although another strong campaign from either of the two will certainly make keeping hold of them a tougher task, especially without Champions League football.

Qualifying for Uefa’s premier club competition has not got off to the best of starts for Mauricio Pochettino, after losing to Man Utd on the opening day and throwing away a two-goal lead to draw against Stoke last time out.

Ladbrokes make the Argentine tactician’s squad an 11/1 chance to finish in the top four following that latest stumble.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.