New Spurs boss chases Old Trafford duo.
New Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is set to conduct a major overhaul of his White Hart Lane squad and with buyers being sought for as many as a dozen Tottenham players the Argentine will look to persuade Man United to accept his advances for two Old Trafford stars.
Chairman Daniel Levy is reticent about handing Pochettino a massive sum to invest in new players having forked out £110m to bring in seven additions last summer and as such the former Southampton manager is ready to fund moves in the transfer market through the sales of those he doesn’t see as part of his long term plans.
The likes of Roberto Soldado, Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Lewis Holtby and Benoît Assou-Ekotto will all be made available for permanent exits as Pochettino draws-up a wish-list of summer targets.
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Uppermost in his thoughts are Belgian midfielder Marouane Fellaini and Mexican forward Javier Hernandez, two players who are unlikely to feature in Louis van Gaal’s Man United plans.
Pochettino rates under-fire Fellaini and though the former Everton man had a wretched first season at Man United this was down as much to David Moyes playing him in an unfamiliar holding role and any failings on his part.
The Tottenham manager will look to use the 26 year old in a more attack minded role and feels he could expertly link midfield and attack at the north London club.
A move for Chicarito would go some way to boosting a Tottenham attack that struggled for goals last term with only Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor providing a regular goal-scoring outlet.
Pochettino is willing to give Argentine international Erik Lamela the chance to prove himself after a poor first season at the club but still wants to bring in Hernandez and will offer the Man United the guarantee of regular first team action.
Hernandez has scored regularly since his 2010 move to Old Trafford but has seen his chances at Man United grow ever more limited with the Guadalajara born striker making just six Premier League starts last season.
He now finds himself behind Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck in Man United’s pecking order whilst the emergence of teenager Adnan Januzaj and the January arrival of Juan Mata have further compounded Hernandez’s fate.
Javier Hernandez has still managed to net 59 goals in 152 appearances, of which 69 were from the bench.
Tottenham are ready to table an opening offer of £28m for the Man United pair
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