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EPL Insider: Spurs exodus coming and City plans Toure talks

Several players are being shopped around by Tottenham, while City will sit down for talks with the Ivory Coast international over his future.

Tottenham to continue tradition of busy deadline days

Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is usually the busiest man in the country on deadline day and it is unlikely to be any different this year.

The priority for Spurs is to trim their squad and a number of players are expected to depart before the transfer window closes. Sandro, Lewis Holtby, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches and Benoit Assou-Ekotto — all proven internationals — are among the players actively being offered to clubs across Europe.

A number of youngsters are also likely to leave for loan spells, including 23-year-old midfielder Ryan Mason should a Premier League club make a suitable offer. But manager Mauricio Pochettino would be happy to keep Mason, who spent last season on loan at Swindon and has been hampered by injuries over the past few years.

Pochettino has told confidants that he was taken aback by Mason's ability in preseason and he was even in line for a shock start in the Premier League opener against West Ham earlier this month. Despite being ruled out through injury since the start of the campaign, Mason has been visibly around the first team on matchdays and could yet emerge as a surprise for the Londoners this season.

- By Greg Stobart


Manchester City to discuss Yaya Toure's future

Manchester City will sit down with midfielder Yaya Toure in the coming weeks in hopes of clarifying the Ivorian’s international future.

After a summer of public machinations about a move away from the club, interest from Paris Saint-Germain, a controversy about the club’s failure to recognize the player’s birthday and subsequent insistence from Toure that he is happy at Eastlands, the Insider understands that City’s hierarchy now wants to meet to discuss his potential international retirement.

With the African Cup of Nations scheduled from Jan. 17 to Feb. 8 next year, City would welcome Toure stepping down from Ivory Coast’s national team.

However, the decision will be left to the player who, at 31, may feel he still has at least one big tournament in him. If he opts to continue with the national team, his resulting absence will certainly prompt activity in the January transfer market.

- By Paul Clennam

Manchester United hopes for midfield boost

While all eyes will be on the incomings and outgoings at Manchester United over the next two days, one man is looking to provide manager Louis van Gaal a welcome boost with a return to fitness ahead of schedule.

Michael Carrick underwent ankle surgery in mid-July and was expected to be out for at least three months. Van Gaal described the midfielder’s injury as "a big blow" at the time, and despite the arrival of Ander Herrera this summer, Carrick’s absence has been keenly felt as United has picked up just two points from its first three league games and crashed out of the Capital One Cup thanks to a 4-0 defeat at MK Dons this week.

The Englishman has, however, impressed coaches and medical staff with his recovery so far. While keen not to put a date on his first-team return at this stage, both player and club are hopeful he could be ready for a possible comeback in October.

- By Paul Clennam

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