The Independent came up with a list of ten potential White Hart Lane targets and here are my thoughts on the players we have been linked with.
An intriguing possibility is the arrival of Craig Bellamy. The difficult character had a great season for Manchester City last term, but despite this (rightly or wrongly), he doesn’t have the star quality that City crave. A decent offer could tempt them to sell and one could be coming from Tottenham’s direction. They’re rumoured to be lining up a bid of £7m for the Welshman.
Though clearly a player that attracts a lot of anger from opposition supporters he is probably a player you appreciate when he is on your colours. Could be a useful, and financially astute, addition who would give us even more strength in depth. Just make sure he doesn’t have access to golf clubs.
It appears more likely that it’ll be Forlan’s Uruguayan strike partner Luis Suarez who makes the move to White Hart Lane. Goal line hand balls aside, Suarez looked great in South Africa, and 49 goals for Ajax last season wasn’t bad. The 23-year-old is highly regarded and as such could cost in the region of £25m. But if Tottenham could get a good price for Robbie Keane, Suarez would make an ideal replacement – and a far younger one to boot.
Don’t see this one coming off. Good player but hard to judge his abilities on the Dutch Eredivisie only. Think that Ajax will price him out of a move by asking for way too much. Not sure he would do it in the Premier League.
In the strike department, Tottenham have been linked with everyone’s new favourite player, Diego Forlan. The Atletico Madrid forward has been sensational since moving to Spain and his performances in the World Cup have only underlined his quality. Any move would be expensive, and more of a problem could be Forlan’s insistence that he has no desire to return to the Premier League. But stranger things have happened.
In theory yes this would be a goer. Redknapp likes the Uruguayan and he has been a goal machine in La Liga and was undoubtedly the player of the World Cup. May well be in advancing years but well worth putting in a bid in my opinion. He would surely be keen on making up for his previous Premier League nightmare.
Despite his selection ahead of Theo Walcott for England, Manchester City remain un-enamoured with their right-sided winger. The arrival of Adam Johnson last January hasn’t helped and an offer of around £6m could be enough to take the 28-year-old away. Tottenham are allegedly among the interested parties, along with Liverpool and Arsenal.
Do we need another right winger? Would SWP be happy to sit around on the off chance that Aaron Lennon will get crocked? He can’t really play anywhere else effectively. Terrific burst of pace but very inconsistent. If he was dirt cheap then I would say yes, if not, I would say why bother.
Lassan Diarra could be set for a return to the Premier League. At just 25, he has already played for Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth in England, before his current club Real Madrid. At the Bernabeu he’s proved himself to be among the best central midfielders in the game which means any transfer could be in the region of £20m. Manchester United are also showing interest, but his connections with Harry Redknapp from the pair’s time at Portsmouth could swing any move in Tottenham’s direction.
A damn good defensive midfielder and a player I would be happy to see at the club, despite his previous Chelsea and Arsenal affiliations, don’t see Jose Mourinho offloading him though. Still has a lot to offer and the new Bernabeu boss is too wise to just allow him to leave.
A more expensive option in the creative midfield department would be Steven Pienaar. The South African only has one-year left on his contract and after an impressive season, a number of clubs are interested. Everton are desperate to hold on to their man and are in the process of offering him improved conditions, but Tottenham will look to tempt him away. Having already signed Brazilian youngster Sandro, Tottenham may not be desperate enough to join the inevitable bidding war should Pienaar become available.
I don’t rate the South African as highly as some do and Everton won’t sell unless its for stupid money. Don’t think he offers us an improvement on what we already have so see no need on bringing him to White Hart Lane.
Another defender apparently on Redknapp’s wish list is Manchester City’s Micah Richards. After bursting on the scene with the Sky Blues and appearing to be a certainty for future success, a distinct drop in form has lowered his stock. Yet he is still only 22-years-old and that raw ability can’t be too far from the surface. His ability to play both at centre-back and right-back is a boost but Tottenham may have to fork out £9m for his services.
Spurs have a formidable selection of central defenders. The only problem is that they spend too much time on the treatment table. With European football next season, and lots more games, Redknapp needs to strengthen. Aston Villa’s Curtis Davies has been strongly linked with White Hart Lane for a fee in the region of £5m. Curtis fell out of favour at Villa Park last season, which can only help the chances of a move for the 25-year-old.
Heurelho Gomes got over a shaky start to his Tottenham career and solidified his place as the No 1 with some excellent performances last season. But following Carlo Cudicini’s motorcycle accident, Spurs need some back up. David James is the most notable player to be linked. He’s free to leave Portsmouth and Harry Rednapp is an admirer after working with the England No 1 on the south coast. At this stage of his career he may want to be first choice, which could see Tottenham making a move for Croatian Stipe Pletikosa instead.
That boat may have sailed seems on the way to Celtic, would have been a decent experienced back up though. I know he has his detractors but David James is less of a calamity than he used to be.
A near dead-cert to be at Tottenham this coming season is Eidur Gudjohnsen. The Icelandic striker joined Spurs on loan for the second half of last season, and apparently did enough for Tottenham to want him back. A deal with Monaco still needs to be thrashed out but any transfer is likely to be of the loan variety.
Get that deal done Harry…and quick before Fulham nab him.