Tottenham are set to open talks with Mousa Dembele over a new contract, according to the Sun.

Dembele’s current contract expires at the end of next season and Spurs are keen to extend his deal following a string of impressive displays.

The Belgian has emerged as one of Tottenham’s most important players under the management of Mauricio Pochettino.

A number of injuries means the 30-year-old has to be managed carefully – he was rested for Saturday’s 3-0 win at Swansea in the FA Cup.

Pochettino often saves Dembele for big games, and in turn the midfielder usually saves his best performances for those matches.

Indeed, he has dominated the midfields of Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Juventus in recent weeks.

For some time now, Spurs have reportedly been on the lookout for a long-term replacement for Dembele.

And the Sun believes there is a new candidate to fill that role – Red Bull Salzburg midfielder Amadou Haidara.

The 20-year-old Mali international has been in fine form this season in the Austrian top-flight.

The Sun‘s report also reiterates Pochettino’s interest in Swansea defender Alfie Mawson.



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