North Londoners still have funds to spend from the world-record €100m sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer.
Tottenham Hotspur are planning to steal a march on their Premier League rivals in the race to win the signature of coveted Southampton left-back Luke Shaw.
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The young Saints full back is now the most sought-after player in his position in the English top flight, with the south-coast club desperate to keep hold of their defensive starlet at St Mary’s for as long as possible, especially given the new mood of optimism currently enveloping the Premier League high flyers under head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
However, the club are also aware that sooner or later Shaw will move on to one of the Premier League big boys, with both champions Manchester United and Chelsea having been closely monitoring the player’s development over the course of the past 12 months.
In fact, both those two giants have already tested the water with Southampton by lodging big-money bids for Shaw, offers which were immediately rejected out of hand by the Saints hierarchy, although in response the club did then manage to tie the England Under-21 international down to a new five-year deal last summer that now runs until June 2018.
And with the both the west London club and the Red Devils having since assured Southampton that they would not be making another move for the 18-year-old this season, with each side currently happy to continue with their current left backs until the summer, the south-coast outfit were said to be confident of keeping hold of their young Englishman until at least the end of the campaign.
But that was before Tottenham entered the race for the Shaw, with the north Londoners viewing left back as an area where they need to strengthen in the January transfer window, especially with last season’s first-choice left-sided full-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto having been sent out to Championship outfit Queens Park Rangers on a season-long loan last September by previous Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas.
And the Cameroon international’s replacements at White Hart Lane this season have been badly restricted with injury, with both Belgium Jan Vertonghen and Englishman Danny Rose currently on the sidelines, while Kyle Naughton has just not proved up to the task either.
All of which has resulted in Tottenham director of football Franco Baldini drawing up a short list of potential new recruits in that position for January, with Shaw’s name understood to be top of the Italian’s pile.
And Spurs are believed to be prepared to push the boat out this month in order to lure Shaw to White Hart Lane as the club look to beat their rivals to the player’s signature by lodging an offer that the Saints cannot refuse.