Tottenham identify 29-year-old as possible Kieran Trippier replacement – report

Tottenham identify 29-year-old as possible Kieran Trippier replacement – report

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Tottenham Hotspur are considering a move for Marseille defender Hiroki Sakai, according to Sky Sports.

Sakai scored one goal and provided four assists in 27 Ligue 1 appearances this season from right-back.

Sky Sports claims Spurs are interested in the 29-year-old, but his age apparently puts him low on the list of the targets.

The report suggests Mauricio Pochettino wants to strengthen at full-back on both flanks this summer, with Danny Rose and Kieran Trippier being linked with exits.

It is believed the club wants to prioritise bringing in players below the age of 23, which obviously puts a move for Sakai in doubt.

But the Japan international could be targeted if Tottenham miss out on their first-choice replacements for Rose and Trippier.

Crystal Palace’s Aaron Wan-Bissaka would be ideal, but he is reportedly the subject of a £40 million bid from Manchester United.

Whether Spurs are able to sign their priority targets could depend on how much the Londoners are willing to spend.

Sakai, who has made 56 appearances for his country, would add plenty of experience to the squad but it seems Tottenham would prefer youthful energy with a sell-on value.

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  1. THFC are linked to every Tom, Dick and Harry on a daily basis, all of which is a load of made up bullshit. Any idiot can put a few sentences together and come up with a valid excuse why the player won’t be bought. In this instance his age. In a few hours time, we’ll be linked to another player, this time he’ll be valued at £100m by his club and the reason Spurs are unlikely to Pursue their interest, wait for it, the asking price. I should have chosen sports journalism as a profession, I’d be paid for doing fuck all research, knowing even less and getting paid for storytelling.

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