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6th Dec, 2016 | 8:54am

Tottenham must keep hold of these three players in January

By Emma Sanders

With the January transfer window looming, Tottenham could face a battle to fend off interest in some of their stars and Football Insider explains why it is imperative they keep hold of three overseas players whose long-term futures at the club are up in the air:

Hugo Loris

The Spurs keeper has been one of the most important players in recent seasons but he’s stalling over a new contract deal because he’s concerned Tottenham might not qualify for the Champions League. It would be a disaster to see him leave and there’s already a whole host of big clubs after him, including Paris Saint-Germain. Tottenham need to agree a new deal with Loris as soon as possible.

Kevin Wimmer

The 24-year-old has been overlooked for the majority of this season despite Toby Alderweireld’s injury providing an opportunity at centre-back. Mauricio Pochettino has opted to use Eric Dier but Wimmer can’t afford to be let go in January because Dier’s performances suggest Tottenham need other defensive options. The Belgian duo of Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen are clearly the preffered choices, but Wimmer looks more assured in the role than Dier and he must stay at the club to provide squad depth.

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Son Heung-Min

The South Korean has had an inconsistent Tottenham career but he is Spurs’ second choice striker and he has proven at times this season why. He’s netted five goals and provided three assists in just 11 league appearances this season and is a valuable back-up option to Harry Kane.

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