Tottenham news – Walker eyes first team role, Spurs set to seal Diarra and Adebayor swoop, Livermore wants first team opportunity

Walker eyes first team role.

Spurs defender Kyle Walker is looking to build on his impressive performance against Hearts on Thursday and break into the first team, reports.

The 21-year-old spent last season on loan at QPR and Aston Villa and impressed with the England under-21s in the European Championships this summer. Walker is now eyeing the first team right-back slot at White Hart Lane and there is a firm belief that he could be not only the Spurs right-back, but the England international right-back.

Walker said: “It was an important match for me and hopefully, it gives me a good starting position for the next game. From a personal point of view, this is what I wanted and hopefully, it will continue. I want to take little steps and to concentrate on my own performances at the moment and hopefully, those little steps will continue and turn into big steps and I’ll get to my goal.”

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Spurs set to seal Diarra and Adebayor swoop.

Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra and Manchester City striker Emmanuel Adebayor are expected to complete their transfers to Tottenham this week, The Telegraph reports.

Both have been on Spurs manager Harry Redknapp’s wishlist for the whole summer and the deals are now done to spark Tottenham’s activity in the transfer market. The club’s strict salary structure had halted the deals for a while, but Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has acted by paying the players a fee up front or even an added fee to the clubs to subsidise the salary.

The pressure is now on Redknapp to sell players to make room for the incoming transfers. Spurs are trying to sell seven of their players to various different clubs with Peter Crouch and Wilson Palacios being targeted for a switch to Stoke. Redknapp is hoping to sell Alan Hutton, Sebastian Bassong, David Bentley, Niko Kranjcar and Jermaine Jenas in order to lighten his side at White Hart Lane.

Livermore wants first team opportunity.

Young Spurs midfielder Jake Livermore is eager to enjoy a run in the Tottenham Hotspur first team, Sky Sports reports.

Livermore scored his first competitive goal for Spurs in Thursday’s Europa League tie against Hearts and is now in contention to start the club’s opening Premier League game against Manchester United on Monday. The midfielder has been loaned out to clubs across the country on six different occasions during his time with Spurs, but his chance is now here with Harry Redknapp indicating he will be one of the key men in the Europa League for Tottenham.

The 21-year-old said: “Hopefully I can keep myself in the team now. I believe I am ready for the first team, but it’s just a matter of getting the chance. It’s difficult to get in, because we have such a strong squad throughout. All you can do when you see your name on the team sheet is go out and give it your all. You never know. We have a few injuries. I’ll just have to wait and see.”

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