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Spurs want to ensure relegated duo remain top-flight teammates

| 07.05.2014

There a few things that Tottenham have gained a reputation for over the last few years; failing to hold on to the top four, putting little long-term faith in their managers and re-signing their cast-offs are just three of them and it’s the latter that’s rearing its head once again.

Having developed the defensive talents of Steven Caulker through his youth career and playing him 18 times in the 2012/13 Premier League campaign, the north London club took the strange decision to sell him to Cardiff for this season.

Now the Bluebirds have been relegated, confirmed by their defeat to Newcastle last time out, the 22-year-old is the subject of speculation as to his next destination, having established himself as an impressive top-flight centre-back over the course of the term.

Spurs, who are 1/2 to beat Aston Villa in the final game of the season, are the frontrunners to land the one-cap international in the summer, along with Cardiff keeper David Marshall.

Having watched the current defensive stocks make a number of calamitous errors over the course of the season, there is a justifiable reason for any one of Michael Dawson, Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches and Jan Vertonghen to be culled in the summer.

The most likely is Vertonghen, who has voiced concerns over Spurs’ failure to secure Champions League football and has looked growingly disinterested as the season’s wore on.

Having impressed at Cardiff this term, Caulker is seen as the perfect replacement while Marshall’s exploits between the sticks have also caught the eye.

Like his Belgian teammate, Spurs stopper Hugo Lloris is getting antsy at the prospect of another Europa League campaign and has the mega-rich Paris St-Germain sniffing round him.

Should he leave, Marshall could take over the gloves having made more saves than any other top-flight keeper this season.

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Matt Wiggins

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