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8th May, 2017 | 6:04pm

Pochettino sizing up PL ace as Tottenham star's future remains in question - report

By Harvey Byrne

Manager Mauricio Pochettino is sizing up Bournemouth ace Adam Smith with star Kyle Walker’s future at Tottenham remaining in question, according to a report.

The Mirror has claimed that the Argentine boss is an admirer of the 26-year-old right-back and he could make a move for Smith this summer with Walker’s future at the club in doubt with a possible move to cash-rich side Manchester City being reported.

Smith began his career with the north London club, but he eventually left in January 2014 for the Cherries after seven loan spells away from the team.

He made just two senior appearances for Tottenham with his debut being a 14-minute substitute appearance against Fulham at the back end of the 2011-12 campaign.

Smith has since made himself an established player in the English top-flight with Bournemouth and this season he has played 34 time for the Cherries, providing five assists and scoring one goal.

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Walker, 26, has had a similar record with Spurs this season and is largely considered one of the best in the Premier League with a return of six assists from 32 league outings.

It is clear that Tottenham fans will be keen to see their club keep hold of one of their stars who is still contracted until 2021, but the return of Smith could also prove to be a good piece of business.

Football Insider verdict:

Smith is clearly a talented player in the Premier League and has progressed since leaving Tottenham three years a go, but he may not be the sort of name Spurs fans will be wanting to replace Walker if he does go. Smith has played 66 times in the top-flight and is certainly one of the better players for a mid-table side. But, Tottenham are now a step above that and it will take a big one for Smith to prove that he is consistently good enough to play regularly for a team looking to win a league table.

In other Tottenham transfer news, this long-time Spurs midfield target is poised to quit English club this summer.

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