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Tottenham defender set for exit as Premier League rivals make £5m bid

Southampton are reportedly set to make a £5m bid for Tottenham Hotspur defender Kevin Trippier and are confident they will land their man.

The 25-year-old was restricted to just six Premier League appearances last season, and so in turn he could seek a move elsewhere in order to secure more regular first-team football.

According to The Daily Star, that desire could see him move on as soon as this summer, with the Saints looking to sign him having missed out to Spurs 12 months ago.

Given the depth and quality that Mauricio Pochettino has in his squad, it’s unlikely that he’ll be desperate to hang on to the defender, while Saints boss Claude Puel continues to look at ways to strengthen the squad inherited from Ronald Koeman.

Southampton have already signed Nathan Redmond from Norwich City this summer as well as Bayern Munich midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, but according to The Star, Puel still wants to add an attacking right back and goalkeeper to his squad to complete his transfer market strategy.

It promises to be a tough assignment for the French tactician, as ultimately expectations will be high at St Mary’s this season after Koeman guided them to such impressive back-to-back finishes in the Premier League.

The Dutchman’s exit for Everton earlier this summer would certainly have come as a disappointment for many, but Puel will be hoping to put that in the past and build a bright new future on the south coast.

Trippier impressed for Burnley prior to his move to White Hart Lane last year, and in turn he’ll hope that a move away from north London is just what is required to reach those previous levels of performance again.