Tottenham are looking into the possibility of activating Kieran Trippier’s £3.5m release clause, according to reports in the Daily Mirror. The Burnley right-back, who has also been linked with Liverpool, is expected to be available following the Clarets’ relegation to the Championship.
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We are of course in need of a right-sided defender, with Glen Johnson having been released and Jon Flanagan still out through injury. Youngsters Javier Manquillo and Andre Wisdom remain on our books but neither are likely to be regulars for us next season.
Our £10m bid for Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne was rejected last month (via BBC Sport) and Trippier was thought to be among our other candidates for the position. However, it looks like Spurs are ready to steal a march on us.
The Mirror state that Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino wants strong competition for Kyle Walker, who has struggled with injuries for the last couple of years, and the Argentine has stepped up his interest.
Tripper, 24, is also attracting interest from Southampton – who interestingly could be more inclined to let Clyne go if they were successful with a move for the former Manchester City academy graduate.
Either way, the full-back looks likely to kick-start his own mini transfer merry-go-round, and we’re just going to have to hope that by the end of the summer that we will have benefited from it.