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Spurs Make Striking Plans: £29m Pair Out; £9m Star In

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The Rumour

Tottenham Hotspur will step up their pursuit of Djibril Cissé after the striker severed his ties with Sunderland. Spurs are confident of closing the deal with Harry Redknapp, their manager, prepared to listen to offers for Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

Sunderland took Cissé on a season-long loan from Marseille last August with an option to buy but, after seeing him score 11 goals this term, they decided not to activate the clause. Cissé should return to Marseille, where he has two years to run on his contract, but he is determined to stay in the Premier League.

The Source: (The Guardian)

The Analysis

Spurs Saviour Harry Redknapp is looking to change things at White Hart Lane and anyone who wasn’t brought in by the former Pompey man, bar a few notable exceptions, should be watching their backs this summer.

The two strikers ear marked by this source as being eminently disposable really do seem likely to be on the way out. Darren Bent finished top scorer at the club even though he started just 21 Premier League games so he may feel hard done by if Harry does indeed axe him. Roman Pavyluchenko would be less able to state a case in his defence, even though on occasions the Russian has proven his worth and is always committed to the cause.

Perhaps the most perplexing thing about this sources assertion is that somehow Djibril Cisse would be considered a player worthy of causing such an exodus, which in my view is not the case. Whilst he may have finished top of the goal charts at Sunderland he also caused some dressing room unrest and was by no means the clubs saving grace.

The Likelihood

Cisse to Spurs: I credit Redknapp with more sense than to risk signing the former Liverpool man.

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