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Exclusive: Paul Stewart calls for Spurs to spend big before transfer window closes

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Paul Stewart is concerned with Tottenham Hotspur’s squad ahead of the new season, insisting chairman Daniel Levy needs to delve into his pockets for added funds before the transfer window shuts.

Nuno Espirito Santo replaced Jose Mourinho as Spurs’ head coach in June, following an arduous managerial search.

Since his appointment, the north Londoners have signed Atalanta goalkeeper on a season-long loan which has the option of being made permanent, while Bryan Gil has joined from Sevilla in a swap involving Erik Lamela.

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Spurs supporters have also been concerned about potential outgoings, with Harry Kane failing to return for pre-season training earlier this week as he bids to force through a move to Manchester City.

It was reported last month that City had agreed a £160million fee with Levy for Kane’s services.

Although the Premier League champions rubbished those claims, Stewart believes Spurs still need to spend close to that vast sum if they want to be in with a chance of challenging for a return to the Champions League.

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Speaking exclusively to TIF, former Spurs and City ace Stewart said: “Spurs need an awful lot of change for them to be a force. They need almost a completely new back four, a new midfield player probably and a striker if Kane goes.

“I know £160million doesn’t get you all of that if you want to challenge at the very top. It’s going to be very interesting.”

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