TOTTENHAM players are preparing for a return to action after the Premier League's first ever winter break.
Jose Mourinho's side will face Aston Villa at the weekend as they look to force their way back into the European places, but Dele Alli is facing a ban after posting an inappropriate Snapchat video.
Meanwhile, Spurs reportedly have £120m to spend in the summer, with Nathan Ake and Ben Chilwell among their transfer targets.
Follow all the latest gossip and updates from North London below…
'CAN YOU SWIM?'
Serge Aurier has been quizzed on his front crawl technique by team-mate Moussa Sissoko.
The defender, 27, posted a snap of himself on a speedboat on his mid-season break in Ivory Coast.
The caption said: “You have better fun at home.”
Team-mate Sissoko asked: “Can you swim?”
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Tottenham are reportedly plotting a huge £120million summer spree with Jose Mourinho prioritising deals for young and quick defenders.
The Spurs boss is believed to be keen on transforming his ageing backline and is planning a major overhaul – with Daniel Levy set to back him.
According to the Daily Express, the North London side are targeting moves for five players as the Special One looks for youthful additions.
One of those on the radar is Bournemouth centre-back Nathan Ake, 24, who seems destined to leave in the near future-especially if the Cherries are relegated.
And they also claim that Spurs are interested in Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell, 23, though he may be unwilling to leave should the Foxes secure Champions League football.
Another Premier League star that has caught Mourinho's attention is Norwich right-back Max Aarons.
Mourinho is also a big fan of Benfica centre-half Ruben Dias, but they could face competition from Manchester United for his signature.
Nice right-back Youcef Atal, 24, is also reportedly an option, with Serge Aurier and Juan Foyth too inconsistent to be nailed on starters every week.
NOT FOUR ME
Jose Mourinho has taken a subtle swipe at former club Manchester United by snubbing them in his list of potential top four candidates.
The Portuguese boss, who was sacked by the Red Devils in 2018, thinks Sheffield United, Wolves and even Arsenal are more likely hopefuls of qualifying for Europe's most elite competition.
Speaking to Sky Sports, he said: “Wolves and Sheffield United are fighting for the top four, [the managers] they can say no, and I understand if they say no but the reality is that they are.
“So it’s not just about Tottenham, Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton.
“It’s not just about us. ‘It’s also about these two clubs who I have to say [are] fantastic.”
Jose Mourinho memorably told his players that shaving his head meant they were “ready to go to war.”
But this time the Portuguese found himself in a follicle battle of his own after falling ASLEEP at the barbers.
He told Sky Sports: “Sometimes I like to [cut it short] sometimes I like to feel the cold weather, I like to change it a little bit. But this time was not the case.
“This time I fell asleep [in the barber's chair] and when I woke up it was so bad that I said to him 'bring the one'. Hopefully, it will grow back again.”
Arsenal and Tottenham are going head to head to host Anthony Joshua's next fight against Kubrat Pulev.
Both the Emirates Stadium and the new Tottenham Stadium are being considered as possible destinations for the heavyweight bout.
Wembley and the Principality Stadium in Cardiff have hosted AJ's bouts before.
And with Euro 2020 on this summer Wembley would be an unlikely destination for the fight.
According to the Mail, that has left the two North London grounds under consideration.
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