By ANDREW DILLON and PAUL JIGGINS
AARON LENNON could be the next victim of AVB’s dressing-room cull at Tottenham.
The winger, 25, has emerged as the latest Spurs star to face an uncertain future under new boss Andre Villas-Boas.
Tottenham were narrowly beaten in the race to sign wideman Adam Johnson when he was made available by Manchester City in the summer.
Even though Johnson opted to join Sunderland in a £10million deal, long-serving Lennon is still not safe despite seven years at the club.
But he is not alone as AVB still has three days until the transfer window closes and has a £30m kitty after Luka Modric’s move to Real Madrid finally went through.
Midfielder Rafael van der Vaart is another name high on the boss’ hitlist with a move to German side Hamburg falling through last week.
The Dutchman is surplus to requirements following the arrival of Icelandic ace Gylfi Sigurdsson from Swansea in a deal which was hammered out before AVB took over.
The signing of Belgium’s Jan Vertonghen has also signalled the end for skipper Michael Dawson with a move to QPR imminent.
A Spurs insider said: “There is a lot of anxiety in the dressing room. A lot of established names are starting to realise they are not safe with the new man in charge.”
Tottenham have yet to win this season after losing at Newcastle and managing a draw at home to WBA last Saturday.
Spurs are sniffing around Fulham’s £14m-rated midfielder Mousa Dembele who is yet to sign a £45,000 a week new deal at Craven Cottage.
But Fulham are digging in their heels over selling the Belgian playmaker for at least another 12 months.
AVB is now hopeful of landing France keeper Hugo Lloris from Lyon.
But the White Hart Lane club is still locked in a battle of Wills with Shakhtar Donestsk.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy last night tabled a fresh £15m bid with the Ukraine club for their prized asset Willian.
Levy had previously failed with an £11.8m offer for the Brazilian playmaker.
Shakhtar are adamant they want at least £20m for the player, who can play either on the wing or in the hole. Willian is rumoured to have a £28m release clause in his contract.
But Levy is confident he can get them to lower their price.
The Spurs supremo jetted out to Ukraine to speak to his club and representatives over the weekend.
He wants the Samba star as a replacement for Modric, who finally sealed his move to Real Madrid on Monday.
But a deal for Brazil striker Leandro Damiao looks to be dead, according to his club Internacional.
Their vice-president Luciano Davi said: “Our intention is that Leandro doesn’t leave this year.”