How Spurs can spend the £60m – Barca striker, competition for Alli and more

first_img 6 With Mauricio Pochettino signing a new contract with Tottenham, the rebuilding process will now start ahead of next season.By the looks of their brave battle this campaign, Spurs could be again challenging for the Premier League title if they get their transfer business right.POCHETTINO: WE MUST IMPROVE SQUAD TO COMPETE IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUEReports in the Daily Mail suggest manager Pochettino will have £60million to spend on players this summer, plus a little extra if those who are surplus to requirements are sold.So who could the Lilywhites sign to bolster their bid for silverware and to ensure they can cope with the demands of Champions League football.Click the arrow above, right, to find out… 6 6 Florian Thauvin (Newcastle) – Magpies relegation could see attacking bought on the cheap – Marcelo Bielsa is doing plenty of work to help protégé Pochettino’s transfer plans for the summer. As well as giving him the lowdown on Batshuayi, he has also been advising him on possible signing Thauvin, who he managed at Marseille. Newcastle will be keen to sell and Spurs could even get him on the cheap. Saido Berahino (West Brom) – in case they can’t get Batshuayi – A year on and it appears Tottenham are still interested in signing the England striker. Berahino’s value has dropped on the back of a disappointing campaign with the Baggies, but Spurs could be ready to rescue him should they fail to land Batshuayi from Marseille. Sandro Ramirez (Barcelona) – the forward could cost less than £10m – Told by Luis Enrique he is not in the club’s plans for next season, Ramirez will be available for transfer. Likely to be sold for around £7.8m, the 20-year-old forward has been watched by Pochettino before and could a be cheap alternative to the likes of Batshuayi and Berahino. 6 Adam Lallana (Liverpool) – to provide depth in midfield – The England international has begun to look the part again after some initial struggles at Liverpool but, with Jurgen Klopp plotting raids for players like Mario Gotze, Lallana could be left fighting for a first-team spot. A £20m move by Spurs has been rumoured by The Sun, and would give them great depth in midfield. 6 6 Michy Batshuayi (Marseille) – Click to see more players Tottenham could sign in the summer… – It’s now quite clear the Belgian striker will be leaving the Ligue 1 side this summer. He’s rated at around £30m by Marseille, and has been the subject of reports by Marcelo Bielsa, who is giving his advice to Pochettino. West Ham are also in the battle to sign the striker but the lure of Champions League football could be what makes his mind up. Yunus Malli (Mainz) – attacker to battle Alli for the no.10 spot? – Mauricio Pochettino and his scouting team clearly have a thing for Bundesliga stars. Having snapped up Kevin Wimmer from Cologne and Heung-Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen last summer, the manager could go back for Mainz attacking midfielder Malli this time. Worth around £10m, the Turkish star is also being looked at by Borussia Dortmund, and will battle Dele Alli for the no.10 spot if signed. last_img read more

Cardinals sweep Padres out of playoffs

first_img Sanders drove in two more runs to set an NL division series record with 10, and little David Eckstein hit his first career postseason homer as the Cardinals chased former teammate Woody Williams before he could get out of the second inning. Right-hander Matt Morris, who’s been with the Cardinals since 1997 and is their longest-tenured player, recovered from his late-season struggles to hold the Padres hitless for 4 innings. With two on in the bottom of the ninth, Jason Isringhausen struck out Brian Giles and retired Ryan Klesko on a comebacker to seal the victory. SAN DIEGO – Reggie Sanders and the St. Louis Cardinals seem to be in a hurry to return to the World Series, and they weren’t about to be slowed by the San Diego Padres. The Cardinals, baseball’s best team in the regular season, brushed aside the Padres just as almost everybody thought they would, winning 7-4 Saturday night for a three-game sweep of their first-round playoff series. The Cardinals made it to the World Series last year before flopping in a four-game sweep by the Boston Red Sox. St. Louis advances to the NL championship series for the fourth time in six years, and will have home-field advantage against the winner of the Houston-Atlanta series. The Astros lead 2-1 – they lost to St. Louis in seven games in last year’s NLCS. Sanders and Eckstein are the only Cardinals players with World Series rings. Sanders won his with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001, and Eckstein with the Angels the following season. San Diego was as mediocre in this series as it was in winning the woeful NL West. The Padres never led, and their starting pitchers lasted only 10 innings, with a 13.50 ERA. San Diego (82-80) entered the playoffs with the worst winning percentage of a division champion (.506) in a non-strike season. Including this series, they finished one game under .500. Other than a ninth-inning rally by the Padres that fell short in Game 1, this series was like a bully kicking sand in the face of a 98-pound weakling at the beach. Sanders, who played for the Padres in 1999, did the most damage. In Game 1, he hit a grand slam off ace Jake Peavy and finished with an NL division series-record six RBIs, then drove in two more runs in Game 2. center_img Saturday night, Sanders stepped in against Williams with the bases loaded and two outs in the second, and lined a 1-1 pitch into left field for a 5-0 lead. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more