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Forget Cedric: Tottenham must instead target his £13.5m-rated Southampton teammate

Tottenham supporters have been pretty downbeat in the Transfer Tavern this week after seeing their side bow out of the FA Cup at the semi-final stage for the second successive season courtesy of a 2-1 defeat to Manchester United.

Mauricio Pochettino’s men went into their encounter with the North West giants having failed to win either of their preceding two Premier League games, having drawn at Brighton and indeed lost at home to champions Manchester City. Yet they took the lead at Wembley on Saturday through Dele Alli, only for goals from Alexis Sanchez and Ander Herrera to seal a deserved triumph for the Red Devils, thus booking their spot in the showpiece next month.

As such, there have been many frustrated and despondent Tottenham fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are growing increasingly irritated given another season will pass without their team getting their hands on some silverware.

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

And while the 26-year-old may well be a useful addition to Pochettino’s squad, they should forget about the Portuguese star and instead seek to land his £13.5 million-rated Saints teammate James Ward-Prowse (as per Transfermarkt).

Ultimately, right back is probably not an area that needs addressing at Tottenham, what with Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier both battling it out for the regular spot in Pochettino’s team down that right-hand-side.

And while Cedric is certainly an accomplished full back, and both Trippier and Aurier have had some unconvincing moments this season, the Euro 2016 winner is unlikely to usurp them both in the pecking order.

Whereas Ward-Prowse has enormous potential to go and become an outstanding midfielder in the years to come.

The 23-year-old was infrequently used in the first half of the season but certainly proved his worth in the New Year with key contributions in the draw at Watford and the win at West Brom, as well as in their run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.

And with an England cap already under his belt, having made his debut for his country in March last year against Germany, it’s clear that the midfielder has a very bright future ahead of him, and who better to help nurture his talent that ex-Saints boss Pochettino.

The Argentine has a proven track-record of giving young English players a chance in the first team, with the likes of Alli, Eric Dier, and Harry Kane all benefiting from the faith placed in them by the Spurs chief – all three are now integral players for both club and country.

And given the talent Ward-Prowse possesses, he is another who could make his way into the Spurs first team over the coming years, but with over 200 senior appearances already under his belt, he could well be pushing the likes of Eriksen, Erik Lamela, and others for a first team spot.

As such, the North Londoners must forget about a move for Cedric, and instead target his Saints teammate Ward-Prowse this summer.

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

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