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Spurs defender Walker: My family won't be cheering me on

Sheffield-born defender Kyle Walker says his family won't be supporting him in the League Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

Spurs right-back Walker started his career with opponents Sheffield United, who his relatives will be backing over his current employers, something the defender has no issue with.

"I think as a professional footballer you have to do your job. My heart will always be with Sheffield United but I am a Tottenham player and they are my club."

Kyle Walker will be looking to get his side into the final. Credit: PA

There are no such split loyalties for Walker's family, though.

"No (they won't be cheering me on) - they are Sheffield United fans," he said. "Seriously.

"They obviously support me and want me to do well, but they will be wanting Sheffield United to go through, although it is a bit of a win-win situation for them because either way they will go to Wembley."

Spurs defender set for £5m Swansea move

Kyle Naughton is set to miss Tottenham's Capital One Cup semi-final against boyhood club Sheffield United as a move to Swansea edges closer.

The 26-year-old full-back came through the ranks at Bramall Lane, making 50 appearances for the Blades before moving to north London in 2009.

Kyle Naughton is set for Wales. Credit: PA

Naughton arrived at White Hart Lane at the same time as Kyle Walker, although has struggled to make the same impact as the England right-back.

He is now understood to be closing in on a move to Swansea, with a fee, reported to be £5million, having been agreed with the south Wales club.

Spurs head coach Mauricio Pochettino was coy about Naughton's future on Tuesday - "I can't tell you any news or any comment," he said - but suggested that his exit would be the exception rather than the rule.


Swansea agree £5m deal with Spurs for defender

Naughton is heading to Swansea. Credit: PA

Kyle Naughton will complete a £5m transfer from Spurs to Swansea this week, according to the Mirror.

A fee for the full back has been agreed and he will travel to South Wales to undergo his medical in the next 48 hours.

Naughton joined Spurs from Sheffield United in 2009, but has never managed to hold down a regular first team starting spot.

Spurs representatives in Milan to sign striker

Spurs are working on a deal to sign Italian international Simone Zaza. Credit: PA

Spurs have sent representatives to a Milan hotel where they are ironing out a deal for Sassuolo striker Simone Zaza, according to reports in Italy.

Any transfer for the 23 year-old will need to be rubber stamped by Serie A giants Juventus, who retained 50% of Zaza's economic rights after selling him to Sassuolo in 2013.

According to Tuttosport, Juventus have the right to bring Zaza back to the club for £11m, but will not stand in Tottenham's way if the Premier League side table a better offer.

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bolster his forward line this month and take some of the pressure of youngster Harry Kane.

Spurs in 'advanced discussions' over former Arsenal and Chelsea midfielder Diarra

Diarra has played for Tottenham's London rivals, Spurs and Chelsea. Credit: PA

Spurs are in "advanced discussions" about signing former Arsenal and Chelsea utility man Lassana Diarra, according to L'Equipe.

The midfielder is currently a free agent after having his contract with Lokomotiv Moscow terminated for refusing to train following a bust-up with manager Leonid Kuchuk.

L'Equipe claim that Mauricio Pochettino has identified the 29 year-old former French international as someone capable of playing in central midfield and as a right sided full back, where Kyle Walker's continued absence through injury has forced the Argentine to look for cover.

Diarra has also attracted interest from Marseille, and was close to joining QPR during the summer window, only for a contractual dispute with Lokomotiv to scupper the deal.

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