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Tottenham Abandon Porto Playmaker Transfer Chase For Ajax Alternative

by Leroy Paine

Eriksen + Sana + Blind RETINA

Porto star no longer on White Hart Lane radar.

Tottenham are giving serious consideration to making a formal bid for Ajax playmaker Christian Eriksen during the January transfer window.

When Spurs officials were concluding a deal for Jan Vertonghen last summer, it is believed they also discussed the future of Eriksen, 20, with their Ajax counterparts. At the time, Ajax would not let Eriksen leave but circumstances have changed. Eriksen has declined to sign a new deal and, with his contract due to expire at the end of next season, Ajax are weighing up their options.

Spurs believe Ajax would now be more open to offers for Eriksen, who is valued at about £20million.

Eriksen said in a recent interview his dream was to play for Barcelona but he would be unlikely to gain a regular place in what is probably Europe’s strongest team. Unlike in recent winter transfer windows,

Spurs are willing to spend. Andre Villas-Boas’s principal target remains Willian, of Shakhtar Donetsk, but the Ukrainians believe they have a chance to challenge for the Champions League and want to keep the Brazilian attacker until the end of the campaign.

Similarly, Joao Moutinho, for whom Spurs bid £22m in the summer, seems to have drifted out of their reach, as Porto have no need to sell following the departure of Hulk to Zenit St Petersburg in the autumn.

Spurs need to reach Europe’s main club competition to improve their chances of hanging on to Gareth Bale but the Welshman is likely to be missing again when they face Swansea on Sunday having, prior to today, not trained this week. There was better news regarding Mousa Dembele, who took part in sessions despite concerns about his hip complaint.

SOURCE: Evening Standard

Christian Eriksen is a fine player, but seems to have assigned himself the mythical Barcelona DNA.

Whether Tottenham – or indeed another club – would be willing to sign Eriksen when he clearly has another team in mind for a future move remains to be seen.

It would be safe to say that the young Denmark international has been a revelation since he broke into Ajax’s first team, but at the same time many thought he would have progressed further than he has already.

The youngest player at the 2010 World Cup, Eriksen was thought to be the finest player of his generation, but he still has much to learn – and arguably only in one of Europe’s finest leagues will he progress to develop to his full potential.

Eriksen could be the spearhead of Spurs’ attacking midfield line, with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on either side of him, and Sandro and Moussa Dembele behind them.

That would leave Tottenham with arguably the finest midfield in the country, and players of that ilk almost certain to combine well with each other.

Andre Villas-Boas’ habit of deploying a 4-5-1 or 4-3-3 formation would make it difficult for one Spurs striker to get back in the team though, with either Emmanuel Adebayor or Jermain Defoe currently selected.

How Villas-Boas proceeds now could affect the rest of Tottenham’s season.

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