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Tottenham: Ledley King would love to see Jude Bellingham at Spurs

Tottenham are set for a frantic summer with the futures of Antonio Conte and Harry Kane far from certain.

Spurs will do their utmost to keep the pair but you sense it could come down to whether they finish in the top four come May.

What’s the word?

The north London side have been linked with a variety of signings in the upcoming summer window, including Paulo Dybala and Lautaro Martinez.

However, Ledley King seems to think one particular addition in midfield would be a very good idea, referencing Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham.

King, speaking to Reece Mennie on his podcast, said: “The one player that I really like is Jude Bellingham.

“He is going to be some player. I’d selfishly love to see him in the Premier League, but only at Tottenham of course! He’s going to be a fantastic player, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he’s starting at the World Cup.”

The new Dembele

A move for Bellingham feels unlikely this summer given his reported price tag of a whopping £101m, but if King’s wish is granted, he’d be a marvellous capture.

Indeed, if they can lure the former Birmingham man back to England, Conte could unearth the club’s new Mousa Dembele.

Spurs haven’t been the same since the Belgian departed with the Belgian midfielder proving to be a key cog when Mauricio Pochettino was in charge.

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The Athletic’s Jack Pitt-Brooke wrote a piece highlighting his importance last month, with one passage reading: “He was not just responsible for his own actions, but for the functioning of the whole system. He was the mainspring of the clockwork, the keystone of the arch, the rug that tied the room together.”

It’s evident that Dembele was crucial to the side and in Bellingham, they could finally replace him after all these years.

Like the Belgium international, he has the utmost composure on the ball, is confident in picking his passes and can drive past a man with ease.

During his final two campaigns in the capital, Dembele completed 92.2% and 89.6% of his passes. In comparison, the 18-year-old who King would like to see sign, has been successful with 83.3% of his passes in the Bundesliga and 92.8% in World Cup qualifying for England.

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It is in their ball carrying where they are most alike, however. Dortmund’s teenager sensation, who has been dubbed “scary” by Roy Keane, has racked up 1.8 dribbles per match in the German top-flight and 3.2 dribbles per outing in the Champions League.

Dembele, on the other hand, completed 2.4 dribbles during his final full campaign in England.

Whether or not Bellingham would become as vital to the Tottenham cause as the now 34-year-old is an important consideration but ultimately, a move does feel difficult to envisage.

If by any miracle they can convince him to come to Spurs, he would be an outstanding piece of business.

AND in other news, Conte can form “dangerous” duo as THFC plot bids for £156m pair who “really get along”…

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