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Mauricio Pochettino wants to seal transfer for Tottenham star as duo blasted following City loss

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Arsenal hero Martin Keown makes surprising admission about Gareth Bale and Tottenham

Here is your Tottenham Hotspur morning digest for Monday, February 15.

Carragher blasts Spurs duo

Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher criticised Spurs duo Hugo Lloris and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg for their roles in Saturday’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Spurs were put to the sword by Pep Guardiola’s in-form Blues thanks to goals from Ilkay Gundogan (2) and Rodri.

While Gundogan scored two goals in the second half, Rodri fired City in front from the penalty spot after Gundogan was tripped by Hojbjerg. Although Jose Mourinho – the Spurs head coach – was less than impressed with the decision, Carragher was convinced the right call was made, as well as criticising Lloris.

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He said: “It’s clumsy, very clumsy (from Hojbjerg to give away the pen). The goalkeeper may be actually disappointed in that (getting a hand to the penalty).

“It’s so clumsy (from Hojbjerg). He’s actually remonstrating with the referee. I mean what’s he doing?”

On Lloris, the former Liverpool defender added: “ Hugo Lloris, who was awful in midweek, hasn’t been much better [against City],” he said.

“He should have saved the penalty. And he should have saved that as well. On his (Gundogan’s) weak foot. He toe-pokes it really. He’s just not strong enough to keep it out. Very reminiscent of his performance in midweek.”

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Keown makes Bale admission

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown has revealed that it would be a “real shame” if Gareth Bale failed to get back to his best during his time in north London.

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The Wales international returned to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium back in September on loan from Real Madrid in the hope of gaining more regular first-team football.

However, Bale has failed to have any sort of impact, struggling to force his way into Mourinho’s thoughts.

For Keown, despite his affiliations with Arsenal, he wants to see Bale hit the heights once again in a Tottenham shirt.

“If you are a player who cannot go 100%, he seems that he is playing within himself,” said Keown, speaking on the BBC. “[Jose] Mourinho has tried to protect him. Clearly, he has an injury problem. They have had a scan on it and it doesn’t seem to be going away.

“I sincerely hope he can get fit again. This is an Arsenal man sitting here saying it, by the way, because I want to see Gareth Bale at his best.

“To be denied that it’s a real shame. If it is an injury problem then it’s a frustration.”

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Pochettino open to Lloris reunion

Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino remains in contact with goalkeeper Lloris as Paris Saint-Germain plot a move for the Frenchman’s services.

That is according to a report by Football Insider, who claim the French giants are lining up a “blockbuster swoop.”

Lloris has just under a year-and-a-half remaining on his Spurs contract, meaning a decision will soon have to be made on his future.

Pochettino is a big fan of the goalkeeper’s talents and is keen to be reunited with him in Paris.

Lloris joined Spurs in 2012 from Lyon and has since made more than 350 appearances for the club.