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Five players who could leave Tottenham, including Walker, Sissoko, Janssen

Mauricio Pochettino has described Tottenham Hotspur as the "top trending" club in the Premier League for transfer rumours and, sure enough, less than a week after the end of the season, there is lots of speculation about the future of several stars.

Pochettino and his chairman Daniel Levy say Spurs will not sell any players they don't want to, but the manager has admitted that there will be the usual comings and goings this summer.

ESPN FC looks at five players that are likely to leave this summer:

Moussa Sissoko

Most Tottenham signings are gambles in one way or another, but with Sissoko the club was not taking a chance on a young or unproven player. Rather, Spurs gambled that Sissoko's largely abject form at Newcastle United was down to the Toon's malaise rather than his questionable quality and commitment, and that the real Moussa Sissoko played for France at Euro 2016. It has not paid off.

Sissoko was supposed to provide Spurs with something different -- pace and directness in the final third -- but their joint-record signing has started nine league games, failed to score, earned a three-match ban for violent conduct and faced public criticism from Pochettino, who avoids doing that. Sissoko, 27, cost £30 million, so offloading him will not be easy but Tottenham will try.

Moussa Sissoko joined Tottenham after an impressive Euro 2016 with France but has not lived up to that form.

Vincent Janssen

Tottenham supporters love a trier and Janssen has become a kind of cult hero at the club. Chants of "He scores when he wants" have greeted the 22-year-old since he finally netted from open play on his 30th Tottenham appearance in March. Ironic support from the terraces is unlikely to save Janssen, though. The Netherlands international cost £17m but has not looked like the player who scored 27 goals in the Eredivisie, and Pochettino more often preferred Son Heung-Min up-front when Harry Kane was injured.

Given his age, price and incremental improvement over the course of the campaign, he may be given another chance but Spurs would surely welcome the opportunity to buy an upgrade.

Kyle Walker

Of all Tottenham's big stars, Walker is the most likely to leave the club in the summer. The England right-back is admired by Manchester City, who could double his wages, offer the Sheffield-born player a return to the north of England and, possibly, represent a better chance of winning something next season than Spurs.

Pochettino and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy say the club will only sell the players it wants to in the summer but £35m or more may be viewed as good business for a 27-year-old defender, who is not trusted to play three times in a week.

Kyle Walker during the Emirates FA Cup semi-final match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on April 22, 2017 in London. (Photo by Catherine Ivill - AMA/Getty Images)
Kyle Walker has recently seen Tottenham's other right-back, Kieran Trippier, get more game time.

Kevin Wimmer

Tottenham were prepared to listen to offers for Wimmer last summer and, while that seemed odd at the time, the Austria defender has barely played this term and he has not featured since being hauled off at half-time of the 2-2 draw at Manchester City in January. Unlike last term, he was not trusted to deputise when Jan Vertonghen or Toby Alderweireld were injured.

To be fair, Pochettino has done Wimmer no favours; three of his four league starts were against Arsenal, Chelsea and City, and his two appearances in the FA Cup came alongside teenage rookie Cameron Carter-Vickers. They were not good opportunities to settle or impress. This summer, Spurs are expected to listen to offers again.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou

Signed as a replacement for Clinton N'Jie, N'Koudou has had a nearly identical season to his predecessor. Like N'Jie, he has started two matches -- neither in the Premier League. And like N'Jie, it is impossible to escape the feeling that Pochettino just doesn't think he is good enough. In December, the Spurs manager was given three opportunities to talk-up the £10m signing but managed only: "We'll see, we'll see. Now is not the time to assess him."

Pochettino is still desperate to add a speedy, direct winger to his squad -- Wilfried Zaha has been discussed -- but N'Koudou is unlikely to be that man and he can also expected to return to France in the summer.

Dan is ESPN FC's Tottenham correspondent. Follow him on Twitter: @Dan_KP.


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