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Jose Mourinho wants to sign half of Spurs’ back four

If you’re Jose Mourinho with money to spend why sign one of Spurs’ defenders when you can sign two?

The Man United boss is on a hunt to strengthen his defence and has identified Kyle Walker and Danny Rose as transfer targets, according to The Sun.

Spurs, led by Daniel Levy, are notoriously tough negotiators, with bidding set to begin at £60million for the two 26-year-olds.

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Levy will be hoping to start an auction with United’s arch-rivals Man City also interested in signing the pair, as they have been ever since Pep Guardiola started putting together his plans for the club.

Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian have failed to lock down the full-back roles at Old Trafford after making big money moves from Southampton and Torino respectively.

Guardiola has also had problems with his back four with Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta entering the latter stages of their career, as are Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov.

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Rose and Walker’s ability to play as part of a back four or in a more advanced wing-back role makes them an attractive proposition for the Spaniard.

But Spurs won’t be keen to sell given the time they have invested in the England duo, plus the fact they’d be losing two homegrown players.

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In terms of ready made replacements Kieran Trippier has impressed in recent weeks when filling in for Walker but Ben Davies looks like he needs to leave the club in search of regular first-team football.

However when Ed Woodward comes calling and puts a blank cheque on your desk it can be hard to say no.

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