No Tottenham clearance sale

There were stories all over the web about Daniel Levy having a massive clearout at Spurs but with the World Cup they have taken a back seat.

No Tottenham clearance sale

Still there are some sites insistent seven or ten players are going which is of course all nonsense. It wouldn't make any sense besides you have a series of players that you would accept good offers for, that doesn't mean you are going to sell them.

Jermain Defoe left because at 31, he'll be 32 in October, he was offered £90,000 a week. That was a massive hike in wages and at his age an offer he simply couldn't turn down.

Jake Livermore is the only player sold so far this window and he wasn't even playing for us last season. I do think Levy has got a good deal for him though, £7 million (€8.74m) with £1 million (€1.25m) add-ons is excellent for an academy product who had made just 56 appearances for us.

Most of the players being suggested as potentially leaving are homegrown players which would leave the club short in that area and in need of buying more. They demand a premium so it's rather a false economy, better to improve what you have, unless you can pick someone up cheap.

Last summer we went on a spending spree buying the 'Summer Seven' who are undoubtedly better than they have shown so far, some of them couldn't have been much worse.

To then sell seven or more of the squad the following summer and replace with another seven is simply asking for the same problems all over again, even if they do have Premier league experience.

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Hugo Lloris doesn't want to leave, Danny Rose is being offered a new contract, Aaron Lennon puts in a shift, essential for a Pochettino player, Érik Lamela has been put on a special training programme to get him ready to show us what he can do.

The departures are more likely to be three or four at the very most. A striker could depart but it's unlikely as who would pay the money for them? Sandro seems to want away despite a change in manager although nobody seems willing to pay a sensible amount for him.

A centre-back will leave, possibly two. Jan Vertonghen will stay but it depends what deals can be done as to who leaves out of Michael Dawson, Younès Kaboul and Vlad Chiricheș. It's not a case of OK let's sell him but more a case of we'll make these three available and see what deals we can come up with, what deals are best for Tottenham.

If you judge out potential purchases by transfer rumour then you'd say we'll buy a left-back, centre-back (or two), defensive midfield and striker.

That would then give you an idea of the players we are willing to listen to offers for, which as I say doesn't then mean we are going to sell them.

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