The Independent London Newspaper
21st May 2019

OFF THE SHELF: Alderweireld comeback is on

    Published: 8 December, 2016
    by DAN CARRIER

    SPURS are set to welcome back talismanic defender Toby Alderweireld for Sunday’s trip to Manchester United. 

    The Belgium international, who has been out for seven weeks with a knee injury, was back in full training this week and manager Mauricio Pochettino is set to select him alongside Jan Vertonghen. 

    Alderweireld is in talks with the club over a new contract, despite the fact that his current deal runs until 2019 with the option for an extra year. 

    Meanwhile, fears over the continuing absence of Erik Lamela due to a hip injury have finally been explained. Pochettino said the winger is well on the road to recovery, and is back in Argentina paying a visit to his brother, who is unwell. 

    And Tottenham are tracking Norwich City winger Jacob Murphy and could tempt the Canaries with a January deal which sees him loaned back to the Championship club. Murphy has been an ever-present for Norwich this season and Spurs’ scouts have lodged positive reports about his work-rate, attitude and eye for goal. 

    Other rumours ahead of the January transfer window have seen Spurs linked with Manchester United’s out-of-favour midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. 

    Pochettino had tracked the former Southampton player and made a series of offers for him before United stepped in to seal a deal. Schneiderlin has, however, fallen down the pecking order under boss Jose Mourinho and now the Lilywhites are said to be readying a cut-price bid to end his Old Trafford nightmare. 

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