Tottenham’s new boss Ange Postecoglou ‘identifies THREE recruits’ after joining the north London side… with the Treble-winner at Celtic already ‘lining up moves for James Maddison, David Raya and Max Kilman’
Fresh off the back of sealing the Treble with Celtic, Ange Postecoglou has been confirmed as Tottenham’s new manager, and has wasted little time in highlighting his targets for the summer.
Celtic beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle 3-1 at Hampden Park on Saturday, sealing yet another Treble thanks to goals from Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada and Jota, adding a Scottish Cup to Premiership and League Cup wins.
At the end of a glittering season in Glasgow, the Australian boss has earned himself a move to the Premier League, after a move to Spurs materialised after reported interest.
The north London outfit have been without a permanent manager since Antonio Conte’s March exit, with stand-in Cristian Stellini later dismissed in the wake of the club’s dismal 6-1 defeat to Newcastle just one month later.
Postecoglou however was quick in highlighting the players that he wants his side to sign in the shape of three stars who played in the Premier League in 2022-23, according to The Mirror.
Ange Postecoglou won the Treble with Celtic after a 3-1 win over Inverness Caledonian Thistle in the Scottish Cup
Leicester star James Maddison is thought to be among the Australian’s transfer targets
Brentford goalkeeper David Raya has drawn the eyes of a number of Premier League clubs
The Australian wants Spurs to sign James Maddison – relegated with Leicester, Wolves defender Max Kilman and Spanish goalkeeper David Raya, who has repeatedly turned down a new contract at Brentford.
England international Maddison would provide creativity and flair to a stale midfield, and although they have been linked with him in the past, they will now have to rival Newcastle, who can offer the star Champions League football.
Maddison has long been considered one of the most exciting attacking midfielders in the division, and although his side will be playing Championship football next term, it appears unlikely that he will remain at the King Power Stadium.
The 26-year-old managed a hugely impressive 10 goals and nine assists for the relegated Foxes, and could spark a £40million bidding war between Spurs and the Magpies for his services.
In the case of Kilman, Spurs’ defence has shipped 63 goals – five more than the defender’s current side despite the five-place gulf in the table – and they are in need of strengthening at the back.
Furthermore, contract talks with Eric Dier have been put on hold until the end of the season according to reports, with his deal set to expire next summer, while Davinson Sanchez has slid further down the pecking order this season.
Veteran captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris is set to leave this summer after 11 years in London, with his contract also up in 2024, with Raya viewed as a long-term replacement.
The Spaniard has drawn interest from a host of top clubs in the Premier League this term, with Spurs previously seeking a £20m deal to sign the stopper.
Postecoglou has agreed terms to become Tottenham’s new manager this summer and is expected to be announced imminently
Celtic achieved a new world record on Saturday after they won their eighth domestic treble
Max Kilman’s Wolves conceded five fewer goals than Tottenham despite a five-place gulf in the table
While Postecoglou has reportedly been quick to outline who he wants the club to bring in, it remains to be seen whether talisman Harry Kane will still be leading the line in 2023-24.
The England captain’s deal is up in 2024, and with no indication of an extension, he is widely reported to be a possible outgoing this summer, although Daniel Levy has ruled out a move to Premier League clubs.
He had been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, but Karim Benzema’s sensational exit from Real Madrid has put Carlo Ancelotti’s side among the suitors for his services.
Spurs announced the arrival of the Australian boss on Tuesday, tweeting: ‘We are delighted to announce the appointment of Ange Postecoglou as our new head coach on a four-year contract.’