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Swansea hoping Spurs return full-back favour in misfit pursuit

| 28.07.2014

Since Mauricio Pochettino rocked up at White Hart Lane at the end of May, Spurs have been busy following the Liverpool blueprint of conducting the vast majority of their transfer business with the same club.

However, instead of targeting the Argentine’s former employers Southampton – as Liverpool have done with relish and Spurs were largely expected to – the Lilywhites have made Swansea the object of their affections.

Left-back Ben Davies, who operates in a position the north Londoners certainly needed covering, has been brought in alongside goalkeeper Michel Vorm, who was less of a priority signing, with Icelandic forward Gylfi Sigurdsson heading back to a club where he spent time on loan in 2012.

The next piece of business thought to be in the offing between the pair involves Kyle Naughton, the right-back who arrived at White Hart Lane with Kyle Walker from Sheffield United five years ago.

While Walker has featured prominently for Spurs and England since completing a loan move at Aston Villa during 2010/11, Naughton has struggled to secure game time ahead of his fellow Yorkshireman.

The 25-year-old made the teamsheet for half of his side’s Premier League fixtures last term, but many of those appearances came about because of Walker’s various injuries, while other starts were on Spurs’ previously-problematic left side.

With left-winger/left wing-back Danny Rose set to be retained by Pochettino, ostensibly to serve as competition for Davies, Naughton’s Lilywhites role looks to be rapidly diminishing.

According to various media sources, Swansea boss Garry Monk has followed up on initial interest with a formal enquiry for Naughton, with a bid thought to be imminent.

However, the move could be scuppered if Pochettino is unable to find a suitable replacement, as the two Kyles are currently the only right-backs within the clubs senior ranks.

Ivory Coast international Serge Aurier and Holland regular Daryl Janmaat were mentioned as potential Pochettino right-back targets earlier this summer, but the pair have switched to Paris Saint-Germain and Newcastle respectively since.

Therefore, a renewed move for forgotten Manchester City utility-back Micah Richards – a player the Premier League champions seem to be keeping in cold storage to fulfil their home-grown quota – could be on the cards.

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Alex Fortune