Could Spurs trim their squad to 25 players between now and September 2?

Report: Tottenham Hotspur ready to offload 11 first team players

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Tottenham Hotspur intend to have a summer clearout and up to 11 players, four of whom were signed last summer, are said to be free to leave White Hart Lane.

It’s a case of “when the Spurs go marching out…”

According to a report in the Daily Telegraph, Spurs are aiming to vastly streamline their squad ahead of the season as new manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to raise funds for incoming transfers.

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The following players have all apparently been put up sale, with the club willing to listen to offers for England internationals Andros Townsend and Aaron Lennon, club record signing Roberto Soldado, captain Michael Dawson, defenders Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Kyle Naughton and Vlad Chiriches, plus midfielders Sandro, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and Moussa Dembele.

Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levvy are said to want a 25-man squad at Spurs but after the massive spending spree which occurred last summer following the sale of Gareth Bale for a world-record transfer fee to Real Madrid, several players arrived who have yet to make a noteworthy impact in North London.

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Could Spurs trim their squad to 25 players between now and September 2?

Spurs’ asking prices for the players are currently said to be too high, which has so far stifled interest in the players they wish to move on in order to fund new deals.  They are offering up Townsend to Queens Park Rangers in return for French striker Loic Remy, while Hull City are interested in signing defender Michael Dawson. Vlad Chiriches is rumored to be interesting AS Roma, while Brazilian midfielder Sandro could link up with former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas at Zenit St. Petersburg.

As for AVB, he was the man who signed seven players last summer with the money Spurs received for Bale but was never given the chance to see them bed in properly at the club before being fired. Spurs’ Technical Director Franco Baldini is said to be the man who signed most of those players and his decisions will come under further scrutiny if a fire sale is sanctioned by Levvy and Pochettino.

Tottenham are said to be chasing Southampton midfielder Morgan Schniederlin, Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal and Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid. All three would strengthen Spurs’ squad considerably.

With so many talented players able to leave White Hart Lane if the right deal arrives, will Spurs be better after this monumental trimming of their squad?

Premier League AT HALF: Arsenal fights back, Hull City on top

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Alexis Sanchez of Arsenal (L) and Francis Coquelin of Arsenal (R) celebrate after Theo Walcott of Arsenal (not pictured) scored Arsenals first goal during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Stoke City at the Emirates Stadium on December 10, 2016 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Goals and controversial penalty decisions are a big part of Saturday morning’s quartet of Premier League matches, all of which are at the break.

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Arsenal 1-1 Stoke City

Joe Allen took an elbow from Granit Xhaka inside the 18, and Lee Mason awarded a PK that Charlie Adam converted to give the visitors an early lead. But Theo Walcott scored his 100th goal as a Gunner off a classy Hector Bellerin cross to make it 1-1 before the break.

Burnley 2-1 Bournemouth

The Cherries will have to dig out of another hole this week, and it all began with Jeff Hendrick‘s phenomenal opener. Fellow Irishman Steven Ward scored an economical to goal to double the lead.

But Ryan Fraser continued his fine December with an assist on Benik Afobe‘s goal before halftime.

Hull City 1-0 Crystal Palace

Robert Snodgrass drew a penalty with a pretty easy grass grab, and the Tigers have a

Swansea City 0-0 Sunderland

Not much cooking at the Liberty Stadium.

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Koeman: “Nervous” Everton has a problem after another loss

WATFORD, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 10:  Ronald Koeman manager of Everton arrives prior to the Premier League match between Watford and Everton at Vicarage Road on December 10, 2016 in Watford, England.  (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)
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One win in 10 for Ronald Koeman‘s Everton has the Dutchman on the hot seat.

Koeman seems to be clawing for air after the Toffees’ latest setback, a 3-2 loss at Watford.

The loss puts the Hornets ahead of Everton on the PL table, and — while unlikely — it’s a mathematical possibility that the Toffees could be a bottom half team by the end of the weekend.

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That’s a brutal development for a club expected to challenge for a European place this season.

Here’s Koeman:

“I see a lot of similar problems in the team. The team is too much reactive. Of course it’s maybe a lack of confidence, but if you start the game well, 1-0 up, you need a bigger belief in the team and not going back and defending, and nervous, and not enough ball possession. In my opinion that’s a problem.”

A big problem with that? It can be put down to the manager. Is Koeman in trouble already?

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VIDEO: Hendrick scores incredible volley from distance

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Jeff Hendrick, take a bow.

Burnley’s Republic of Ireland international midfielder pulled off a stunning piece of skill on Saturday to put the Clarets ahead against Bournemouth.

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A long ball forward was flicked on to Hendrick and he took a stunning first touch to tee himself and then settled himself before spanking a volley into the top corner.

Sensational goal from Burnley’s club-record signing.

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Messi’s latest goal dares you to count the touches (video)

PAMPLONA, SPAIN - DECEMBER 10:  Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona celebrates after scoring his team's second goal during the La Liga match between CA Osasuna and FC Barcelona at Sadar stadium on December 10, 2016 in Pamplona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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There’s a danger in observing Lionel Messi on a week-by-week basis, and it has a lot to do with how he makes greatness look routine.

So while it’s easy to dismiss yet another mazy dribble through a defense, one of those “Frogger” style with calm-but-vicious cutbacks, try to consider everything that goes into Messi’s second goal against Osasuna early Saturday.

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On first look, you might count 9 touches for Messi starting with his right-footed collection of the ball. But move to the slow motion replays, and recognize the truth: Often Messi is letting the ball do the work for him, essentially moving the duo closer to goal while he used his preferred left foot as a must-respect threat.

That he does it in such traffic and at full speed is incredible. It’s literally one of those goals in which a linguistic luminary like Ray Hudson would have trouble over-emphasizing the greatness.

Messi now has 11 La Liga goals in 12 matches, and 22 in 19 overall.

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