Tottenham Plan £22m Defensive Duo Raid: Harry After Cahill & Upson

Harry plans defensive raids to cover for worrying array of crocked centre backs.

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Reports are surfacing today of Harry Redknapp’s attempts to resolve his defensive injury crisis by planning January raids to bring in two more centre backs to give Tottenham yet more strength in depth at the back.

Michael Dawson appears to be back on the mend after coming on for the final few minutes as Spurs romped to a 5-0 win over Burnley but first choice centre back partnership Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate are still out leaving the north London side having to mix and match to cope with the lack of alternatives.

Sebastien Bassong has performed heroically alongside a succession of partners as Tottenham start the season with a bang and now supposedly Redknapp is going to attempt to bring in Bolton‘s in form defender Gary Cahill and West Ham’s impressive England international Matthew Upson.

Whether these stories have any validity is unknown but it does seem likely given Harry’s love for signing players, that he will bring in one centre back, but two seems a little heavy handed. Of the two a move for Cahill would be the best option but Gary Megson recently stated that only a fee in the region of £20m would be considered and however impressive the 23 year old has been that fee is clearly a wild inflated valuation designed to either scare off interest or to attempt to cash in.

At 30 years old Upson may be a less wise option given that both Woodgate and King are both nearing their 30s. When both fit, which is very rare indeed, the pair are a very solid pairing but given both players injury prone background clearly something needs to be done to give the club a fighting chance of clinching that coveted top four place.

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