Transfers | Fresh Spurs - Part 20

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Tottenham Star To SNUB Move Abroad To Stay In London

Reports from The Sunday Mirror suggest that Tottenham star Christian Eriksen will reject a move abroad so he can stay in London with Spurs.

The Sunday Mirror claim that Eriksen is at the top of PSG’s summer shopping list, but the Dane is looking to stay is London as he is content where he is at Spurs.

The 23-year-old has been in excellent form this season, showing he can keeping going right until the end, scoring many last minute winners at the likes of Swansea and Hull.

This form has attracted some of the world’s biggest clubs, but despite the star set on staying in London, Eriksen to PSG is a rumour that will just not go away.

The former Ajax man has scored eleven goals this season in all competitions along with two assists. If he can continue this form into next season, if Tottenham can keep hold of him, he will be an excellent asset to have.

Spurs And Saints Set To Battle For Serie A Midfielder

Italian news website Tutto Mercato Web claim that four cubs are interested in for Palermo attacking midfielder Franco Vazquez.

It is looking quite likely that the 26-year-old will leave European football  chasing Palermo in favour of a move elsewhere, with the Premier League and La Liga among his potential destinations in this summer transfer window.

Vazquez has scored seven goals in Serie A this season, and a tidy total of nine assists to add to that in his twenty-seven appearances this season. This form has attracted the interest of Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Southampton.

Inter Milan were reported at first to be the favourites to sign Vazquez, but following the new lucrative TV deal for Premier League clubs, and this could enable both Spurs and Southampton to outbid Roberto Mancini’s side.

Prior to nailing down a regular first team spot at Paermo, Vazquez has been loaned out to Rayo Vallecano before returning to Italy.

Spurs Chase Serie A Striker

Tottenham are reportedly willing to pay the asking price for Simone Zaza, should Juventus not take up their option to buy.

Tottenham Hotspur are willing to pay up to £12 million for in-demand striker Simone Zaza, report Italian website Tuttomercatoweb.

The Mirror had reported Spurs held talks with the forward’s agent last week, ahead of a potential summer move.

Zaza, 23, broke into the Italian national team earlier this season, picked ahead of Liverpool’s Mario Balotelli.

Tottenham’s path to sign the attacker is far from smooth however, as Juventus have a first option agreement to sign the striker this summer.

The Italian champions already have a talented strike force of Carlos Tevez and Alvaro Morata who have scored a combine 31 goals, although Fernando Llorente has been less consistent with seven and is one option to be replaced.

Zaza himself has scored eight goals and has two assists in 21 Serie A appearances, which is not necessarily a strike rate to bowl Spurs fans over hoping he can be a prolific forward they need, but his tireless work rate in attack makes him a good fit for Mauricio Pochettino’s pressing game.

£12 million is a reasonable amount for a player of his age and potential, considering the huge sum the club spent on Roberto Soldado who appears to be past his peak.

Tottenham Close In On First Summer Signing

Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly on the verge of completing a deal for FC Koln centre-back Kevin Wimmer, according to reports in Germany.

The 22-year-old has featured regularly for his Bundesliga outfit this season, playing every minute until he was sent off against Eintracht Frankfurt two weeks ago and has impressed many teams across Europe’s top divisions.

Spurs were apparently interested in signing him in January but Koln were unwilling to negotiate at that time. But now Wimmer reportedly flew to the English capital to agree terms with the Premier League giants and all that is now required is the two clubs to agree a fee.

With Federico Fazio not yet able to break his way into the North London side’s back-line and Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul both linked with moves away from White Hart Lane this transfer window, boss Mauricio Pochettino has identified Wimmer, who has made more than 50 appearances for the Bundesliga outfit, as the man the fill the defensive void.

Koln are currently in the depths of a relegation scrap in the Bundesliga and Spurs are confident of landing Wimmer, who can also play left-back, and bringing him to N17, regardless which division the club is in.

 

Spurs Invite Young PSG Star To A Tour Of Training Facilities

Reports from Foot Mercato suggest that Tottenham have invited Adrien Rabiot and his family to tour the training facilities at the North London club.

The Lilywhites have been linked with a loan move for the young midfielder, and were said to have made a move in January. However, nothing materialised.

PSG head coach Laurent Blanc is keen to keep hold of Rabiot, and with sixty-one appearances under his belt, and six goals, you can see why.

A French publication, Le Parisien, claim that Rabiot is top of Paul Mitchell’s wishlist, the new head of recruitment at Spurs, who is a big admirer of the defensive midfielder.

It is unclear as to whether Rabiot has accepted this reported offer from Tottenham, but it would be a very good capture for Spurs should they manage to put pen to paper on a deal, with the midfielder’s current contract at PSG running until 2019.

Tottenham Join Race To Sign Manchester United Striking Outcast

The Daily Star claim that Tottenham are interested in signing Manchester United striker, currently on loan at Real Madrid, Javier Hernandez.

Reports suggest that the Lilywhites could make their move this summer, and will look to beat the likes of West Ham, Everton and Stoke, who are all vying for the Mexican’s signature.

Not only is Hernandez deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford, the opinion is held about him in Spain at Real Madrid, and the striker will return to Manchester after his loan expires.

West Ham reportedly lead the race to sign the front man, and it is believed that the eventual buyers will have to shell out at least £8m in order to secure Chicharito’s services.

Hernandez has played just 219 minutes of Spanish football since his move abroad, but he has still managed an impressive three goals and two assists.

However, Carlo Ancelotti may look to bring the youth into the first team to provide backup for Karim Benzema, instead of paying the £8m required to make Hernandez’s move permanent.

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.