Tottenham transfer rumours and news: £23m Martinez bid; Barca wonderkid offered; Townsend offer rejected

Today's gossip from White Hart Lane

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Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino continues to be linked with strikers during the Janaury transfer window but there are some other young prospects who have caught his eye.

As our man Jack Pitt-Brooke reported, the Spurs boss is determined to beat a number of Premier League clubs, including Manchester United and Liverpool to teenage Coventry midfielder James Maddison.

The 19-year-old would likely go back to the League One side for the rest of the season.

The north London club are also again linked with a former target, Barcelona youngster Sandro Ramirez, who was previously valued at around £12million. 

The Spaniard is being offered to Spurs, according to the Evening Standard, although it is unclear whether it would be a permanent deal or a loan - either way Barcelona would insist on a buy-back clause; they have also already rejected a loan approach from Real Betis.

A striker forever linked to the Premier League is in the rumour mill once again, with Spanish newspaper Marca reporting that Spurs will make a £23m move for Jackson Martinez.

The Atletico Madrid striker has been previously linked with Arsenal and Chelsea, but has scored just three goals in 20 matches for Diego Simeone's side.

Andros Townsend continues to remain in limbo with chairman Daniel Levy not budging on his £14m asking price for the winger. 

Newcastle United made a loan bid for Townsend, who is desperate to leave so he can get more game time ahead of Euro 2016, but Levy rejected the offer, according to the Daily Mail.