Top of the table but still looking to bring in new talent.
Tottenham made discrete enquiries for both Toulouse’s Moussa Sissoko and Internacional’s Sandro earlier in the window but are now cranking up their efforts to snare one of the players to bolster the central midfield area before the end of the month.
Harry Redknapp’s interest is Sissoko has been widely documented but the price on his head from Toulouse has been prohibitive so far. However, with no others decent offers on the table, chairman Daniel Levy may yet be able to force through a deal in the final week of the window with the player expecting to cost around £15m.
A similar fee has been mooted for Sandro, although his situation is more complicated as 30 per cent of the player is owned by third parties. The 20-year-old defensive midfielder represents a major risk having only played in Brazil while Spurs have already reportedly had a £14m offer rejected. (The Proud Cockerel)
Despite sitting atop of the Premier League Harry Redknapp is not a man to rest on his laurels and the Spurs manager is keen to invest in strengthening his squad with moves for these two highly sought after midfielders.
The White Hart Lane boss is not too keen on Jermaine Jenas and looks likely to accept any late bid for the England international as well as flop David Bentley. Moussa Sissoko is a good prospect for the future and the tall Toulouse man recently received his first French international call up and is comfortable as the holding midfielder but is also able to push on and assist in building attacks, much like Wilson Palacios has done so effectively since joining from Wigan.
Sandro is a more out and out stopper of a midfielder but at just 20 and with no experience of European football he could prove to be a costly risk to take as his Internacional club want big money for their defensive midfield prodigy.
Whilst it’s true Tottenham may well need one or two players to have a fully equipped squad to really battle for a top four position, they probably don’t need to spend big money to do so and could be better off looking for cheaper prospects closer to home.