Transfers | Fresh Spurs - Part 20


Was Daniel Levy Right Not To Sign A Striker On Deadline Day?

As the January transfer went on, it became apparent that Spurs were not going to make any mid-season additions to the squad, and this was confirmed as transfer deadline day on February 2nd came and went. Fans particularly wished for Tottenham to sign a striker during the window, but was this the right thing for Daniel Levy to do?

Firstly, there would be quite a few positives to adding a new striker to the squad, and the fact that we would presumably become less reliant on Harry Kane would be naming just one. Ever since his introduction to the first team in the Europa League by Mauricio Pochettino, Kane has taken his chance with open arms, scoring twenty goals this season, more than any striker in the Premier League, one ahead of Sergio Aguero.

Signing a new striker would allow Mauricio Pochettino to field a confident 4-4-2 side. As we have seen this season, Soldado has been short of confidence, and we maybe haven’t used the 4-4-2 formation to full effect yet this term.

We have seen him and Christian Eriksen bring in a large majority of Spurs’ goals, and should the young striker sustain an injury, we would have back-up. Even of our new striker wasn’t intended for the Premier League squad, his cup starting place would surly be guaranteed, and with Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor not producing performances up to scratch, it would be the logical thing to do, wouldn’t it? Or would it?

As well as the positives to signing a new striker, there are a couple of negatives. For example, what happens to the two strikers on the outskirts of the first team. Well, both would suffer a huge loss in confidence for a start, Roberto Soldado in particular, and with four strikers at the club, it would be almost impossible for Mauricio Pochettino to keep everybody happy. Or am I being ridiculous, that’s football right? Yes, that is football, but for me, there is a lot of talent at this football club in terms of strikers. Okay, some of that may not have been showcased yet, but it is there for sure. And should we suffer some kind of injury crisis, we are left with a mentally-destroyed Roberto Soldado, and an unreliable Emmanuel Adebayor.

Taking everything into account, I think that Tottenham should make a summer move for a striker, but first they must offload either Roberto Soldado or Emmanuel Adebayor.

Assou-Ekotto Finally Released From Spurs

Controversial Spurs left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto has been released from his contract with the side, the club has confirmed.

Spurs took to Twitter to officially announce that the Cameroonian had had his contract terminated, having failed to appear in a Spurs shirt since May 2013.

Assou-Ekotto joined from Lens in 2006, and was an important part of the side that made the Champions League quarter-finals in 2010, building up an impressive 200 appearances.

“Benny” scored 4 times for Tottenham, however, a combination of poor form and off the pitch antics left the 30-year-old heavily out of favour at the Lane.

He found himself involved in the Nicholas Anelka “Quenelle” scandal last season and was marooned by Andre Villas-Boas, Tim Sherwood and finally Mauricio Pochettino, who felt that the defender was a “disruptive influence”.

He had a fairly unsuccessful loan spell at Queens Park Rangers before seeing his £40,000-a-week contract ended.
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West Ham Desperate To Capture Adebayor, QPR Waiting To Pounce

Sky Sources understand that West Ham are very keen to sign Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor on loan, but if the move doesn’t go through, QPR are hot on West Ham’s heels to sign the front man.

West Ham are working very hard on the signing of Emmanuel Adebayor from Spurs, but Daniel Levy is not prepared to loan out the striker to their London rivals, and is also concerned about the Hammers league position, and how close they are in the table to Spurs.

QPR are very keen on Adebayor too as they look to make a move very late in the day, and they will have to get a move on if they are to sign him by the deadline, and it is likely that they will apply for an extension until 1.00 in the morning.

However, it has been reported that Adebayor is not keen on a move to QPR, and is a lot more interested in a loan move to West Ham.

Spurs Winger Set For Late Deadline Day Everton Move

Aaron Lennon has been rumoured to be signing for a ridiculous number of sides this Transfer Deadline Day – but Everton are now favourites to snatch the winger on loan for the rest of the season.

He looked set for a switch to Stoke City having rejected the advances of Leicester and Hull in the past few days, but a last minute U-turn could see him join Roberto Martinez at Goodison Park.

Lennon is currently Spurs’ longest serving player having signed from Leeds United in 2005, and has racked up over 360 appearances for the Lilywhites in all competitions. However, he is out of favour with Mauricio Pochettino as he looks for more creative widemen.

Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela and Andros Townsend have all been preferred out wide to Lennon, who has 30 goals in Spurs colours, so a move to a fellow Premier League side is on the cards for the 27-year old.

A loan move to Everton should open the door to a move for Belgian winger Kevin Mirallas, who has had personal trouble at the Toffees in recent weeks, and is a big transfer target for admiring Pochettino.

Lennon has been a great servant to Spurs in his 10 years at the Club, but a switch to the struggling Merseyside club now looks imminent.

Done Dele! Dele Alli Set to Sign from MK Dons, Undergoing Medical

Numerous sources are claiming that Spurs are set to announce the signing of highly rated youngster Dele Alli from Milton Keynes.

Tottenham are yet to have made a successful move on Transfer Deadline Day, or indeed throughout the January transfer window with the related headlines dominated by potential outgoings.

However, 18-year-old Alli – who has been a target for Newcastle and Aston Villa in recent weeks – looks to have chosen Spurs as he was spotted at Hotspur Way with the clock ticking down on the final day of the window.

A fee for the youngster is said to be in the region of £5million, while Alli will be loaned back to MK Dons for the remainder of the season.

He made his debut for the Dons aged just 16, and has since accumulated over 70 appearances for the League One side with 20 goals from midfield.

Alli managed the full 90 minutes as his side shocked Manchester United 4-0 at Stadium MK back in August, where a number of top clubs had scouts in the stands to watch the talented engine room, including Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Newcastle United also submitted a £5million bid for the England U19 man on Thursday, but he is now favourite to join Spurs with his medical supposedly in progress.

One Of Our Own! Kane Pens Deadline Day Deal

Spurs wonderkid Harry Kane has given Spurs fans the news they all wanted to hear on Deadline Day by putting pen to paper on a new five and a half year deal.

The 21-year-old has an incredible 20 goals for Spurs this season – setting him apart as the highest scoring Premier League player – one ahead of Man City’s Sergio Aguero.

He’s tipped to be part of Roy Hodgson’s next England squad, for friendlies against Lithuania on 27 March and Italy on 31 March, following yet another amazing Premier League display this weekend against West Brom.

Kane hit another brace to take him up to 10 Premier League goals – an impressive feat having only made the starting eleven in October – along with 8 goals in 10 games for the England U21 side.

And the local lad was seemingly delighted to have penned the new deal, taking to Twitter to express himself:

It might not be a big-money transfer, but it’s a dream deal for Spurs fans!

Tottenham Dealt Transfer Blow In Pursuit For Belgian

Tottenham’s hopes of signing Belgian midfielder Kevin Mirallas have been hugely dented after the club have stated that Mirallas is not for sale.

Journalist Kevin Palmer reports that he has been told by Everton that the Belgian will not be moving anywhere on this transfer deadline day.

Spurs have been chasing the midfielder for some time now in this window, and will now have to accept that they will not be signing Mirallas. Tottenham have already had a £3m bid rejected, and were set to make a new and improved bid earlier today.

Reports suggested that Spurs may have been stalling a move for Aaron Lennon to other clubs in order to see if they could include the England international in any potential deal for the Belgian midfielder.

And now that Spurs hopes of signing the Belgian have been hugely dented, this could finally open the door for Aaron Lennon to move elsewhere, with Stoke reportedly leading the chase for the winger.

FOUR Players That Could Leave Spurs On Deadline Day

Despite us all hearing that Tottenham would hold a massive winter sale over the course of the winter transfer window, we have only seen one player leave White Hart Lane this window, Kyle Naughton to Swansea.

However, on deadline day, we could see a few faces leave White Hart Lane, some for good, and some just on loan, all of these have been linked with moves away previously.

Fresh Spurs have listed the four players that we think could leave Tottenham Hotspur Football Club on deadline day.

FOUR Players That Could Sign For Spurs On Deadline Day

Tottenham have made no signings so far in this transfer window, but could this be set to change on transfer deadline day?

Spurs have been linked with many players this transfer window, but none of these have come to White Hart Lane to put pen to paper so far this window.

Out of all of the players that Spurs have been linked with over the course of January, and a small part of February, we at Fresh Spurs have whittled it down to just four players that could sign for Tottenham before the 23:00 deadline on Monday.

West Ham Defender To Make Spurs Switch In Summer

Various reports suggest that West Ham defender Winston Reid has agreed to join Tottenham in the summer, for nothing at all.

The Mirror claim that Reid has agreed a £60,000 a week contract with Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and will hook up with his new team in the summer when his contract at West Ham expires.

However, the defender is not able to formally agree a deal, but Mirror Sport say that ‘sources close to the deal say it is done for the summer’.

It is now apparent as to why the New Zealand man has turned down many offers of a new contract from the Hammers, and has also snubbed offers from the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.

Reid has been the subject of much interest of a handful of Premier League, and has put in solid performances on a consistent basis this season.

Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches could be heading out of the exit door at White Hart Lane, and it seems Spurs have found their summer replacement for the defensive pair.