Tottenham Hotspur now face big decision over £55m star Toby Alderweireld

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Spurs were open to offloading others, such as Toby Alderweireld and Danny Rose, with Pochettino not keen on having unsettled players on the fringes of his squad who could potentially be disruptions as the season goes on. But on £20,000-per-week he is now among the lowest paid first-team players at the club and Villa will offer a deal which better reflects his importance to the team.

Having already sold Cristiano Ronaldo to Juventus during this transfer window, club president Florentino Perez needs to add a "Galactico" to his Real Madrid squad in order to appease restless fans and he has apparently identified Eriksen as the man he wants at the Bernabeu.

"If you cannot add players who can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best player".

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Grealish, whose future has been the subject of intense speculation for the whole summer, trained at Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground on Thursday morning and club insiders are now confident he won't be sold before the 5pm transfer deadline. It's a massive effort from the club. "I have no doubt we are going to be competitive, with or without signings".

"You need to respect all the opinions but of course we are a club that our decision was not to sign, (even though) it is the fashion to sign or because we are the only club in Europe that has not signed players". He played a key part in Bruce's side as they finished fourth, before losing to Fulham in the play-off final.

If Spurs decide not to cash in, they must attempt to try and get Alderweireld to commit to a new deal. I was so clear with everyone. And then with Brexit it is worse because the cost is 30 per cent more. "Some people make a drama in football and drama for me is another thing", Pochettino added.

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