Tottenham scout AEK Athens pair on Champions League duty

Tottenham sent representatives to watch AEK Athens’ Champions League tie with Benfica to take in the performances of Vasilios Barkas and Konstantinos Galanopoulos, according to Sportime.gr.

What’s the word?

After a quiet summer transfer window saw Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino neglect to sign a single player for his squad, the Lilywhites seem to be preparing for action in January as they kept tabs on two targets this week.

Sportime.gr report that representatives of the North London side were in attendance for AEK Athens’ Champions League defeat at the hands of Benfica, where goalkeeper Vasilios Barkas and defensive midfielder Konstantinos Galanopoulos were being monitored.

Spurs’ interest in Barkas comes amidst speculation that Pochettino is looking for cover for World Cup winner Hugo Lloris, recently making his return from injury, while Greece international Galanopoulos could be an option to bolster his midfield ranks.

Decent options?

Four-cap Greece goalkeeper Barkas is the sort of player who would seem to be adequate cover for Lloris but questions will be asked as to whether he is needed, as Paulo Gazzaniga has impressed in recent weeks after ousting Michel Vorm from the side.

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Instead, a better fit would be defensive midfielder Galanopoulos as he could be considered to be a long-term replacement for Belgium international Mousa Dembele, who is widely expected to leave the club next summer when his contract expires.

Galanopoulos, just 20 years of age, is the sort of player that Pochettino can develop into a fine asset and his experience in the Champions League would prove to be valuable preparation for the sort of challenges he could expect in English football.

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