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Postecoglou to trim Tottenham's over-populated squad


Tottenham are set to have key new signing James Maddison fit for the trip to Bournemouth, but coach Ange Postecoglou has fired a warning to the players on the fringes of his bloated squad.

Maddison trained for the first time this week on Friday after he sat out a number of sessions with a sore ankle sustained during last weekend's impressive 2-0 win over Manchester United.

Postecoglou has handed minutes to 18 members of his squad during his promising first two Premier League games in charge but now faces a busy final week of the summer transfer window, with outgoings a priority for the club.

Offers will be listened to for former captain Hugo Lloris, Djed Spence, Eric Dier, Japhet Tanganga, Sergio Reguilon and Tanguy Ndombele while Davinson Sanchez, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Bryan Gil could exit if the right bid comes in.

Youngsters Alfie Devine and Troy Parrott have departed on loan to Port Vale and Excelsior Rotterdam respectively during the past 24 hours, but Tottenham still have 31 players aged 21 or over and will need to submit a list of 25 to the Premier League on September 13.

"At the moment you can see by doing the maths, we have got too many players," Postecoglou said.

"In terms of when we submit our final list, there will be guys here who won't be on that list if nothing changes so I am pretty sure that will change.

"From now until the end of the window I am sure there will be some movement."

Postecoglou was asked specifically if Lloris could remain at the club despite the Frenchman stating back in June his desire for a new challenge.

The Australian did not completely rule it out but noted Guglielmo Vicario is his number one and Fraser Forster will be his back-up goalkeeper.

He added: "You can't just have any number of players you want. There is a list and it is unlikely we will have three goalkeepers on our final Premier League list."

Spurs look set to be boosted by Maddison's presence for the Saturday lunchtime kick-off at Bournemouth despite fears of a potential injury lay-off when the midfielder left Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on crutches and in a protective boot last Saturday night after he took a blow to his ankle in the win over Manchester United.

But Postecoglou said: "Madders trained today unrestricted. We'll see how he pulls up but at this stage it looks like he will be available."