White Hart Lane set for triple raid that could well be one Harry should consider.
STEVE BRUCE is lining up a £10million twin swoop for Spurs pair David Bentley and Jamie O’Hara.
The Sunderland boss wants players with Premier League experience to spark a push for a European place next season.
Bentley, 25, has seen his World Cup hopes shattered in a White Hart Lane nightmare since his £17million switch from Blackburn two years ago.
But Bruce believes the wideman can be transformed with a move to the Stadium of Light, like former team-mate Darren Bent.
Spurs chief Harry Redknapp is prepared to take a huge hit on a player he did not sign and will accept around £6m.
Bruce also wants O’Hara, 23, who has done well on loan at Portsmouth, despite their financial chaos.
Sunderland are gearing up for another summer of rebuilding.
Bruce will make a third attempt to sign Wigan left-back Maynor Figueroa and will tie up a permanent deal for a third Spurs player in right- back Alan Hutton, who has agreed to make his loan move permanent for £4m. (News of the World)
Now whilst I agree that £14m is not the kind of money we would have gotten for these three White Hart Lane squad members a year or two ago, in todays market its not that bad a deal. Yes David Bentley has improved greatly of late, and perhaps we could just offload Jamie O’Hara and Alan Hutton, but that being said when everyone is fit and well Bentley won’t get a game and therefore it would in some ways be unfair to keep him just to warm the bench as that would not serve his career too well at this stage.
I am a Jamie O’Hara fan. He has done well at Portsmouth, shining in a side that is pretty useless, but again like Bentley, he isn’t going to get a spot in our starting eleven when everyone is fit and well. We do need strength in depth so clearly we can’t look to allow all our replacements go but some will want to leave nonetheless and Daniel Levy has made it clear that he would like to recoup some money from player sales and two of these three could probably be allowed to be let go without it making too much of an impact at White Hart Lane.
Eidur Gudjohnsen has revealed that that there is an agreement in place for him to stay at Tottenham for the 2010/2011 season.
The 31-year-old striker joined Spurs on loan from Monaco in the January transfer window until the end of the season and manager Harry Redknapp is keen to hold on to the former Chelsea forward.
An extension of 12 months was agreed as part of the original loan deal on the same terms as Gudjohnsen is currently on at Tottenham.
Gudjohnsen said: “It’s fairly straightforward. It was a loan deal to the end of the season with an option for next season as well. Whether they make it long-term beyond that I don’t know. It’s something that the clubs and myself will have to talk about. I am loving my time here. There is something in place but both parties have to agree, and for the time being I’ll settle for that.”
The Icelandic international is still technically employed by Monaco so his salary remains tax free which reduces his impact on the wage bill. (IMScouting)
Good news indeed. The former Barcelona and Chelsea man is a cut above and is a joy to watch. Always thinking, rarely uses possession unwisely and a great out ball for anyone near him. If we can get him for another season then great. As for the deal meaning that he will continue to be a tax exile surely this is a loophole that is ripe for the taking. What is to stop Monaco bringing in twenty players, giving them tax free contracts and then offloading them on loan across Europe where teams will lap up the fact they will have to pay less in the way of wages. Clearly there is a law that says in order for this to be legal you have to live a certain amount of time in the principality but given that footballers have half the week off anyway this can clearly be done.
Now, onto top four matters. Aston Villa’s annihilation at Chelsea, one of the only times it is acceptable to be rooting for the west London side, will have hit Martin O’Neill’s men hard and could well rule them out of the race. Liverpool won well against Sunderland and are capable of going on a winning run until the end of the season so we must look out for them. Our main contenders Man City have two relatively easy games coming up at home to Wigan and away at Burnley so fingers crossed they stumble but we still have a Champions League spot in our own hands and thats the main thing!