By Russell Edge

24th Apr, 2018 | 11:21am

Tottenham must pounce for perfect £100k-p/w Alderweireld replacement after shock axe report

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With every day that draws closer to the summer transfer window, the future of Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld becomes clearer.

The season kicked off with fears over the Belgian’s contract, set to expire in 2019 but with a convoluted extension which puts him up for sale at a nominal price of £25million, although hope remained that he would put pen to paper over a new deal.

A long term injury suffered in November kept him out of action and seemed to put a hold on negotiations, with both sides of the deal seemingly reluctant to compromise, the Belgian said to be asking for a wage Daniel Levy was not willing to hand him.

Since then all has gone quiet and Spurs fans are coming to the conclusion he is bound for the exit this summer, when they can demand a top price and rake in as much cash as possible over what is a big blow for the club.

He will be missed, and although Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez have performed admirably in his absence, it seems a certainty a replacement will be brought in – but who?

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Well, Mauricio Pochettino need look no further than the north west this summer, with the Sun claiming that Pep Guardiola is willing to shock everyone and axe his £100,000-a-week star John Stones from his side permanently.

The Spanish boss has always spoken highly of the 23-year-old but it is stated the England international will have to leave to keep playing regular first team football.

A ball playing defender who is comfortable venturing into midfield, Stones is the perfect replacement for Alderweireld, matching a lot of the same attributes, and considering his age, has a long way to go until reaching his peak.

With several England stars already in north London, he would have no trouble settling in, and it would add to Spurs’ home grown quota of players, meaning another spot for foreign arrivals.

He might be costly, with City reportedly wanting most of the £47.5million they spent back in 2016 back, but for proven Premier League talent with the potential to grow, it would be money well spent at Tottenham.

In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer has slaughtered Mauricio Pochettino for his mistakes in the FA Cup.

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