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An uninspiring addition: Tottenham simply must end reported interest in £13.5m-rated star

Tottenham supporters have been drowning their sorrows in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side bow out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage for the second time in 12 months courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their clash with the Red Devils having failed to win either of their preceding two Premier League games, after backing up their 3-1 defeat to Manchester City up with a 1-1 draw at Brighton in midweek. Yet the North Londoners took the lead at Wembley on Saturday through Dele Alli, only for United to hit back through goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera to secure a deserved win for Mourinho’s side, who progress to the showpiece next month.

Subsequently, there have been many disappointed Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are getting increasingly frustrated at their team’s inability to win a trophy, with it now over ten years since they last lifted some silverware.

In the meantime though, there has been plenty for our resident Spurs supporters to get their teeth into, not least recent reports linking their club with a move for Southampton defender Cedric Soares this summer.

Yet the North London outfit should seek to end their interest in the £13.5 million-rated star (as per Transfermarkt), as he’s hardly an inspiring addition after enduring a testing campaign on the South Coast.

Ultimately, while the 26-year-old has generally impressed since his move to St Mary’s back in 2015, the Portugal international has been far from his best for the Saints this term, laying on just two assists in 28 Premier League appearances for Mark Hughes’ side.

Yes, he is very much playing in a poor Southampton team which looks destined for relegation, but even Cedric’s own high standards haven’t been meet with consistently high level performances, which begs to wonder whether he’d actually be an upgrade on messrs Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier.

Pochettino has interchanged the duo this season with Trippier more often used in the Premier League and Aurier in the Champions League, yet the latter hasn’t quite convinced since his move from Paris Saint-Germain to completely overtake Trippier as the number one right back.

And with both clearly adept at the highest level, it’s difficult to see where Cedric would fit in, with the Euro 2016 winner hardly an upgrade on the right back duo.

Arguably, there are more pressing areas in the squad for Pochettino to address this term than at right back, especially were Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele to leave, and as such they should consider ending their interest in Saints defender Cedric.

Tottenham fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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