9 players who Tottenham could realistically sign this summer

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Greg Lea selects several potential transfer targets for Mauricio Pochettino's men as they aim to go one better in 2017/18

Mauricio Lemos (Las Palmas)

Mauricio Lemos

Lemos demonstrated a maturity which belied his tender years last season

It may be difficult for Tottenham to significantly improve their starting XI this summer given the club’s strict wage structure, so Mauricio Pochettino may instead be focused on adding depth in a number of key positions. With Eric Dier keen to play in midfield and Kevin Wimmer still yet to convince, a back-up central defender could be the near the top of the Argentine’s wishlist.

Like many Uruguayan centre-backs, the 21-year-old is rugged and aggressive, but he can play a bit too

Someone like Lemos would be ideal: like many Uruguayan centre-backs, the 21-year-old is rugged and aggressive, but he can play a bit too. The fact that he turned down Barcelona last summer due to concerns about playing time could be a sticking point, however.

Rachid Ghezzal (Lyon)

The Algerian winger has been linked with a host of European outfits, partly because his contract is on the verge of expiring

Alexandre Lacazette is the Lyon attacker who’s taken up most column inches in the last few weeks, but Ghezzal is another talented forward who looks to be on his way out of the Stade des Lumieres sooner rather than later.

The Algerian winger has been linked with a host of European outfits, partly because his contract is on the verge of expiring – including Spurs in the past. With no initial outlay he’s certainly worth a look for Spurs, who would benefit from his trickery and invention in the final third.

Petar Stojanovic (Dinamo Zagreb)

Petar Stojanovic

Stojanovic likes to get forward and would be a good fit for Spurs

Not a household name by any means, but Stojanovic is the type of prospect Tottenham should be eyeing. The north Londoners are, for now at least, unable to match the spending power of their domestic rivals, so targeting gifted youngsters like the Slovenian could help them compete for major honours in the coming campaigns.

Bold and attack-minded, he’d have little trouble adapting to a wing-back role if necessary

Kieran Trippier looks set to step into Kyle Walker’s shoes and become first-choice right-back at Wembley next year, but Stojanovic would make for a solid backup. Bold and attack-minded, he’d have little trouble adapting to a wing-back role if necessary.