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Watch: Spurs 2-1 PSV – Thogden Reacts To Dramatic Second Half

Two late goals from Harry Kane kept Spurs’ hopes of qualifying for the Champions League knockout round alive against PSV Eindhoven last night.

However, a 1-1 draw between Inter and Barcelona in the other Group B clash means Mauricio Pochettino’s men have it all to do with the Italian giants still to visit London and a daunting trip to the Nou Camp looming large.

Playmaker FC’s Theo Ogden was at Wembley to witness the dramatic second half comeback against the Dutch champions and believes it is in big European outings like this where Daniel Levy may regret not doing more to temp Jack Grealish away from Aston Villa this summer.

Pochettino’s squad is being pushed to the limit whilst currently attempting to compete on three fronts and with fatigue clearly evident in the dying embers of the game, the stage was set for a fresh pair of legs. Kane delivered the goods this time round but they may not be so lucky against a more formidable opponent.

You can check out more of Thogden’s reactions, vlogs and more here.

Opinion: Premier League football would help Leeds sign five-goal striker this summer

According to Clubcall, Leeds United scouted Argentine forward Ezequiel Ponce at the weekend as the Whites consider a summer move.

What’s the story, then?

Ponce officially belongs to Roma, but has not actually made a first-team appearance for the Italian giants, representing Granada and Lille over the last two seasons.

Ponce moved on loan to AEK Athens during the recent summer transfer window, and he has managed five goals in eight Super League appearances for the Greek side this term.

According to Clubcall, Leeds had scouts in attendance to watch the striker in action against Panathinaikos on Saturday, and the Championship side’s head coach Marcelo Bielsa is now keen on a reunion with the forward.

Bielsa brought Ponce on loan to Lille in 2017, and the pair could now reunite in England, although the deal might be a little complicated to complete.

Is the deal realistic for Leeds?

Well, Ponce is technically on loan at AEK Athens, but the Greek outfit are believed to have the option to sign him permanently for just over £5m next summer.

Things can quickly change in football, however, and if Leeds are prepared to match AEK Athens’ offer for the South American, then it will be up to the player to decide whether he wants to remain in Greece or move to England.

The Whites will surely need to earn promotion to the Premier League to stand a chance of completing a deal, but it could turn out to be a wonderful signing.

Indeed, Ponce will not turn 22 until March, and showed incredible promise during his time at Newell’s Old Boys before moving to Europe.

Leeds are currently top of the Championship after 16 matches of the campaign, and will fancy their chances of gaining promotion back to the top flight this season.

'Zero chance at that fee' – These Tottenham fans doubt deal for in-form attacker

According to Calciomercato, Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as the favourites to sign Roma attacker Cengiz Under, and could complete a deal in the January transfer window.

Under, 21, has scored three times and registered five assists in 12 appearances for Roma during the 2018-19 campaign.

Arsenal and Bayern Munich have both been linked with moves for Under, but according to Calciomercato, Tottenham are set to win the race.

It is being claimed that Spurs are prepared to pay £52.5m to complete a deal for a player who has shown his potential this season.

However, it would be fair to say that the Tottenham supporters are not buying the transfer speculation.

Indeed, the capital outfit did not spend a single penny during the summer transfer window, and the club’s fans are finding it hard to believe that chairman Daniel Levy will pay more than £50m to sign Under at the start of 2019.

A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:

'He's shining', 'Wish we signed him' – These West Ham fans rue club's transfer mistake

Joao Mario spent the second half of last season on loan at West Ham United from Inter Milan, and managed two goals in 13 Premier League appearances for the London club.

It is understood that the Hammers had the chance to sign Mario on a permanent deal during the summer, but were not prepared to meet Inter’s asking price.

Mario was linked with another loan move to the London Stadium, although it is thought that Inter were only prepared to sell, rather than sanction another short-term deal.

The Portugal international was not involved in the early weeks of the season, but has impressed in Inter’s last two games, and managed one goal and three assists in his team’s 5-0 win over Genoa on Saturday night.

Mario will be hoping for another chance to impress in the Champions League against Barcelona this week, and the West Ham fans have been reacting to the midfielder’s latest form.

Indeed, it seems that a number feel that their club made a big mistake:

Opinion: 21-year-old needs to consider options as Gerrard clearly doesn't want him at Rangers

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard has hinted with his team selection that Umar Sadiq does not figure in his long-term plans.

What’s the word?

After the former Liverpool captain was appointed as the new Rangers boss, he moved quickly in the transfer window.

The inexperienced coach brought in 15 new players and one of them was Sadiq, who signed from Roma on a season-long loan.

Since then the forward has struggled to break into the team and has been restricted to just four appearances in all competitions.

In fact, in 11 Premiership outings Sadiq has only been in the matchday squad four times.

What happened at the weekend?

Gerrard has not said outright that he has no intention of holding on to Sadiq, but his team selection said plenty.

Kyle Lafferty was ruled out of Saturday’s game against St Mirren, which would have left a vacancy for another attacker.

Gerrard opted not to give Sadiq a chance, though, despite playing him in the League Cup semi-final against Aberdeen.

The 2-0 victory over St Mirren would have given the 21-year-old Nigerian a decent opportunity to prove what he can do.

However, it looks as though Sadiq will be considering his options once more when the season comes to an end.