Report: Tottenham first teamer in fury at Pochettino, 24-year-old lined up to replace him
By Harry Sykes
Tottenham could be tempted to cash in on Kyle Walker and use the windfall to spend big on Burnley defender Michael Keane, according to a report.
The Mirror claim Walker was furious at being axed by manager Mauricio Pochettino for Spurs’ 2-0 win against Arsenal at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
The England right-backed was dropped to the bench for the third time in five matches as Kieran Trippier was selected to start in his place.
The Mirror report that Walker, 26, has already held showdown talks with Pochettino about his future and there is a growing sense that he could be sold this summer.
The Sheffield United academy product has emerged as a priority target for Manchester City, who would be willing to double Walker’s £55,000-a-week Spurs contract.
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Tottenham may be ready to offload Walker if they get a big offer, which would allow them to strengthen other areas of the squad.
One of Pochettino’s targets is said to be centre-back Keane, who has had an outstanding season for Burnely and was recent rewarded with an England call-up.
Football Insider verdict:
Walker has clearly been tapped up by Man City and it appears his head has been turned. This has, in turn, affected his performances, which have been noticeably less effective in the second half of the campaign. Spurs won’t want to keep a player who doesn’t want to be at the club and a summer of bartering and negotiating between the top-four rivals is set to begin. Should Daniel Levy work his magic and sell Walker for upwards of £30million, that would be a deal well done. The right-back is a fine player but he is hardly in the elite bracket of untouchables in the White Hart Lane dressing room.
In other Tottenham transfer news, the club have sensationally terminated the contract of one of their defenders.