A good selection of suggestions discussed.
Tottenham are eager to sign a new goalkeeper following the injury to Carlo Cudicini after a motorbike accident. The name most consistently linked with a move to White Hart Lane is that of Scott Loach. The England Under-21 international has been in impressive form for Watford this season, earning himself a valuation in the region of £3m. Tottenham have been regularly monitoring Loach’s performances while the keeper himself is excited by the prospect of a move: “If Tottenham were to knock on the door and I were to go there, brilliant.” Rumours of a move for Portsmouth’s David James have gone quiet following the 39-year-old’s recent injury troubles.
Redknapp is a known admirer of Sunderland‘s Anton Ferdinand and it’s understood a deal could be struck. The 24-year-old defender is apparently missing London since he left West Ham for the north-east and a return to the capital appeals. Ferdinand is valued at around £6m, meaning Redknapp may opt for a swap deal rather than straight cash. It’s thought that Spurs are willing to let right-back Alan Hutton go in the opposite direction. Signed for £9m in January 2008, the Scotland international has failed to settle and a swap deal could suit both clubs.
Another defender strongly linked with a move to White Hart Lane is Madjid Bougherra. Redknapp is eager to add some depth to his back line as Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate continue to struggle with injuries. Bougherra has fallen out of favour with his manager Walter Smith after arriving back late from international duty on a couple of occasions. And with Rangers suffering from financial difficulties, an offer in the region of £4m could tempt them to part with the Algerian.
Redknapp likes nothing more than a reunion. Having already bought former players Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe to Spurs, the January window could see him bring in another former Portsmouth man in the shape of Sulley Muntari. The combative midfielder has struggled to cement his place in the Inter Milan team under Jose Mourinho and would be willing to return to the Premier League. Reports suggest talks between the two clubs are already underway.
Dutch winger Ryan Babel looks certain to leave Liverpool in January – the only question is where he will end up. The 22-year-old is fed up with his lack of chances under Rafael Benitez while Liverpool are eager to reduce their wage bill and are willing to let the winger leave. With Babel eager to prove himself and guarantee a place in the Netherlands squad ahead of the World Cup, Tottenham could be the ideal destination. Babel is clearly blessed with a lot of talent but has so far been unable to produce it on a regular basis. Under the stewardship of Redknapp he could just prove why Liverpool forked out £11.5m for him back in 2007.
Tottenham came close to signing Sandro in the summer and will reportedly renew their interest once the January window opens. The chief obstacle to signing the defensive midfielder is the fee. Internacional value the Brazilian at as much as £26m – Spurs value him closer to £10m. There’s quite a difference of opinion but now that the Brazilian season is over its thought the clubs should be able to reach some sort of agreement over the Brazil under-20 captain. Redknapp was quoted earlier this year as saying: “We’ve been looking at Sandro. He’s just breaking into the Brazilian team from the Under-21s. He can play. He’s a modern-day midfield player.”
Klaas Jan Huntelaar
With Roman Pavlyuchenko set to depart there will be space for a new striker in the Tottenham ranks. The sale of the Russian should generate as much as £12m, meaning Redknapp has a bit of money to play with. AC Milan’s Klaas Jan Huntelaar has been strongly tipped to make a switch in January after struggling to settle at the Rossoneri since his move from Real Madrid in the summer. The striker himself has denied he wants to move on but the opportunity to get his career back on track ahead of the World Cup could be too tempting to ignore.
Ruud van Nistelrooy
Another Dutchman linked with a move to the Lane is Real Madrid‘s Ruud van Nistelrooy. Again, the player is eager to get some first-team football under his belt and put himself in the frame come the World Cup. The Manchester United legend could be available for as little as £2m but Tottenham will face competition from a host of other clubs, including Liverpool and Arsenal if reports are to be believed.
Former Inter Milan striker Adriano has revitalised his career. Having left Jose Mourinho’s team complaining he had fallen out of love with the game, he re-emerged as the fulcrum of Flamengo’s title winning season in Brazil. With the season now over, Adriano is keen to keep playing ahead of the World Cup and is looking at various options in Europe – including Tottenham. The 27-year-old’s agent claims the Brazilian has a clause in his contract that will allow him to leave for free should a European club come knocking.
Lazio’s Goran Pandev has also been earmarked for a switch to Tottenham in January. The Macedonian international has fallen out with club officials after he refused to sign a new contract or leave the club during the summer when large bids were coming in. With his contract due to expire in the summer, Pandev could be available for as little as £3m – just the sort of “opportunity” that Daniel Levy may have been hinting at. (Independent)
Lets pretend for a while that we are not flying high in the Premier League and performing so well as to make us Spurs fans think that what happened prior to Harry’s arrival was nothing but a very bad dream, so with that in mind which of these ten is actually worth looking into as a worthy addition to the White Hart Lane squad.
Of the ten named there are players that could neatly fill small holes that could do with filling, some players who could be good potential squad signings and some downright stupid suggestions. Scott Loach could be a sound investment for the future and the Watford youngster has a bright future and we could do with another keeping option in the long term and there have been some rumours of a potential signing and loan back deal that would suit all parties.
I know we have some injury concerns with centre backs but would we really gain anything by signing Anton Ferdinand or Madjid Bougherra, two defenders who haven’t exactly set the world alight and if truth be told are not really improvements on what we already have in our squad and would be wasteful purchases.
I am a big fan of Sulley Muntari, as is Harry Redknapp and the gaffer is always going on about wanting more midfield options and the Inter Milan man would be a great signing but I don’t see Jose Mourinho allowing the former Portsmouth man leaving anytime soon. Ruud Van Nistlerooy would be a wiser purchase than the recently rejuvenated Adriano but either capture would only be necessary if we sold Roman Pavlyuchenko and then you have to ask yourself if either former World Class strikers would be happy with sitting on the bench for very long and then ask again about just how much we would have to pay either in wages.
A transfer window doesn’t pass without us being linked with Goran Pandev so why should this one be any difference. If he really is available for just £3m then I would say “Hell why not!”. Lastly and perhaps most interestingly we have Ryan Babel. The Liverpool flop can be one hell of a player if he puts his mind to it and it would be great to see some natural width on the left to complement Aaron on the right and if the Merseyside outfit have truly had enough of the Dutchman it could be worth putting in a cheeky bid for the former Ajax man.