Andre Villas-Boas
Andre Villas-Boas is ready to seriously trim the Tottenham squad.

Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas Boas wants to sell up to 10 players this summer with Jermain Defoe, Emmanuel Adebayor and Scott Parker set to be among the casualties in a radical squad overhaul this summer.

This will be the first time in Villas-Boas' managerial career that he has been able to work with the same team for a second consecutive season, and the Portuguese tactician is getting a head start to the summer as he looks to make up for the disappointment of missing out on qualifying for Champions League football last season.

Tottenham came to within one point of finishing fourth in the 2012-13 campaign, missing out to bitter rivals Arsenal, and Villas-Boas will be hoping the near miss will make his side more determined to compete with England's top clubs as much as possible in the summer window.

In order to do that, Metro is claiming that Villas-Boas has decided to let 10 players go as he continues to make his own mark on the squad.

Defoe and Adebayor have both been disappointing in front of goal, with the latter proving disappointing in particular despite impressing during a loan spell the previous season.

And while the strikers have struggled, Parker has equally been unable to build on a successful first campaign with Spurs, featuring in just 21 league matches over the course of the 2012-13 season.

The big-name trio would no doubt receive decent transfer fees if they were to leave the north London club, but Villas-Boas won't stop there, with the manager also hoping to offload Tom Huddlestone, Iago Falque, Andros Townsend, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Bongani Khumalo and goalkeepers Heurelho Gomes and Brad Friedel.

Reports are widely circulating that Tottenham have bid €20m for Fredy Guarin, and to raise such funds for the Inter Milan midfielder's services Villas-Boas will need to trim his squad.

Strikers are also believed to be a priority for Villas-Boas, and particularly if he sells Adebayor and Defoe in the summer, he will need to seriously look into how to create a forward line capable of competing with the top four, whilst bringing in players who are happy to go without Champions League football for at least another season.