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Tottenham Make £6m Centre Back Bid, Crouch to Russia and Ready for £8m Swap

by WHL Frank

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Reports in Croatia have confirmed that Spurs have made a 7 million euro bid for Dinamo Zagreb central defender Dejan Lovren.

Tottenham submitted an initial bid which was rejected by Dinamo Zagreb . Spurs then returned with an improved offer which would see Lovren remain in Croatia for the rest of the season and the two clubs start a partnership agreement but this was rejected by Dinamo Zagreb .

If Lovren were to join Tottenham he would be the fourth former Dinamo Zagreb player to play for Harry Redknapp’s side after Luka Modric , Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka .

Lovren is one of the hottest young talents in Croatia. The 20 year-old has been at Dinamo Zagreb for his entire career so far, apart from loan spells. Chelsea have also been linked with the defender and Lyon are also reportedly preparing a bid. (IMScouting)

White Hart Lane could do with a centre back and an up and coming option is probably more sensible a move than going for an established player such as Matthew Upson. By all accounts Dejan Lovren is a top notch talent and with two Croatian titles under his belt before his 21st birthday it seems he is a mature head on young shoulders. Obviously given our compliment of fellow Croats such a deal would probably be welcomed by the youngster and the fee seems decent and Harry does like to dabble in foreign markets so this could be a distinct possibility.

Despite yesterday’s comically straight-faced assurances from Harry Redknapp that he wouldn’t be putting a pony in his pocket or fetching the suitcase from the van during the forthcoming transfer window, the names of assorted Tottenham Hotspur players figure prominently in today’s back pages. Having noticed what a good touch Peter Crouch has for a big man, Zenit St Petersburg coach Luciano Spalletti will offer to double the striker’s wages if he’ll consider a move to the city formerly known as Leningrad. Meanwhile in Moscow, Spartak are interested in re-securing the scrawl of their former striker and Tottenham outcast Roman Pavlyuchenko. (Guardian)

I don’t see any reason Peter Crouch would consider a move to Russia, not now he appears to have placated Robbie Keane by forming an irresistible partnership with Jermain Defoe. I do think that Roman Pavlyuchenko will leave in January but I have a funny feeling he may well secure himself a move to another Premier League club rather than admitting defeat and heading back to his former club.

Sporting Lisbon are keen to sign Tottenham Hotspur duo Roman Pavlyuchenko and Gareth Bale on loan when the transfer window opens in January.

Spurs are prepared to offload unhappy Russia striker Pavlyuchenko, but are holding out for cash to reinvest in other areas of the team.

With Harry Redknapp looking for a midfielder, Sporting could offer Portugal international Miguel Veloso in a loan exchange, while a cut-price £8million future fee for Pavlyuchenko has been mooted. (Various)

So Roman may instead be heading for Portugal? I like Miguel Veloso but every transfer window comes and goes and the defensive midfielder still remains at Sporting Lisbon. Also I don’t see Gareth Bale leaving during this window given BAE’s departure for the African Nations Cup.

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