Transfers | Fresh Spurs - Part 5

Transfers

Cash Plus Kelechi Iheanacho for Kyle Walker Would be Perfect for Spurs

The Kyle Walker to Manchester City transfer saga has been going on for a while. Tottenham Hotspur have placed a £50 million price tag on the England international defender, which City are refusing to meet.

The Citizens are willing to pay as much as £40 million in order to secure the services of Walker, who is one of the best right-backs in the Premier League. It seems that Spurs and City are at an impasse.

However, could Kelechi Iheanacho play a role in the transfer? Could City try to sweeten the deal with Tottenham over Walker by throwing in the 20-year-old forward? After all, Spurs are reportedly interested in the youngster.

Tottenham need to sign a striker in the summer transfer window. Harry Kane, who is the favourite to be the topscorer next season with Premier League betting odds of 3/1 according to bet365, is the first-choice striker for the North London outfit at the moment and will continue to be so, but the England international needs a back-up. Vincent Janssen is still at the club, but can manager Mauricio Pochettino trust him next season?

The 23-year-old Netherlands international striker endured a nightmare campaign in the Premier League last season. The former AZ star could score only two goals and provide just two assists in 27 league appearances for Spurs in 2016-17. If Kane suffers a long-term injury or has a dip in form in 2017-18, could Janssen step up?

It could be argued that Spurs should give Janssen another season to show what he is capable of, and the Dutchman is still quite young and is developing. However, it would be wise of Tottenham manager Pochettino to recruit another striker and provide extra competition for that position.

Iheanacho is a hugely talented forward with a lot of potential, and he has experience of playing in the Premier League. The 20-year-old may be behind Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus in the pecking order at City, but there can be no doubt that the Nigeria international forward is a very good footballer.

The Nigerian was able to make only five starts in the Premier League for City last season, but the 20-year-old still scored four goals and provided three assists. During the 2015-16 campaign, the youngster scored eight goals and created 14 chances in 26 league appearances.

It is only a matter of time before Walker leaves for City, and it would not help Tottenham to drag the transfer saga on any longer. Spurs should be open to the idea of including Iheanacho in the deal for the 27-year-old former Sheffield United right-back. If the Citizens offer £30m and Iheanacho in the deal to sign Walker, then Tottenham should accept it. In fact, Spurs should actually propose the idea themselves.

Spurs are a massive and ambitious club, and have made huge progress over the past three seasons. Just like in 2016-17, Tottenham will be aiming to challenge for the Premier League title in 2017-18. It would not be too tough for Spurs to convince Iheanacho to make the switch, as he would be aware of how good manager Pochettino is with young players and how much he can develop them.

European Club To Offer Summer Signing An Escape From Tottenham Nightmare

Marseille are keen on signing Moussa Sissoko from Spurs this summer to offer the Frenchman an escape route from his nightmare first season in North London according to the London Evening Standard. 

It has been a far from satisfactory debut season at Spurs for Sissoko, who famously turned his phone off to ignore Everton on his way to Tottenham for a medical on transfer deadline day. Spurs fans might be wishing he kept his phone on and was persuaded by the Merseyside club as his performances have been nothing short of disastrous since his big money move.

Daniel Levy forked out £30m last summer to secure a dramatic deadline day signing last summer, and the Frenchman hasn’t looked as if he was worth £30 let alone £30m in his first season. He showed flashes of his talent at Newcastle and at the European Championships in 2016 , but nothing that screams at me ‘I am watching a club record signing’.

Sissoko has clearly lacked the work ethic and arguably the talent to succeed at a club like Spurs, and as a result, made just eight Premier League starts last term, appearing from the bench a further 17 times, providing three assists and not scoring a single goal.

Like me, Sissoko might be glad to hear that Marseille are prepared to offer him an escape route. The Frenchman is keen to put himself back in the plans of French national coach Didier Deschamps ahead of next summer’s World Cup in Russia. The only way he can do this is by playing regular first team football, something he is unlikely to experience at Tottenham.

The French club would like to secure the services of Moussa Sissoko, despite his struggles at Spurs, before the end of next month before the transfer window slams shut. However, it is thought that they would be open to agreeing an initial loan deal with an option to buy, to see if the midfielder can recapture his form in Ligue 1.

I think a move to Marseille would be best for both parties. It would be ludicrous to think that Spurs will get back the £30m that they spent last summer, but some money is better than none as I feel Sissoko has next to nothing to offer to the team in current form. I would personally be glad to see the back of Sissoko if he were to leave the club this summer.

3 Players Tottenham Could Sign In The Coming Weeks

We are now a 11 days into the summer transfer window, and while other clubs have wasted no time in adding to their squads, Mauricio Pochettino and Spurs are yet to make their first signing. Here are three players that have been linked with a move to Spurs, and could join the Lilywhites in the coming weeks. 

1) Kamil Gilk

Mauricio Pochettino will be keen to add to his squad over the summer, and reports have suggested that one of the areas the Argentine is looking to strengthen is in the defence, adding to the squad depth in particular

Kevin Wimmer is open to a move away from North London, and would leave Tottenham slightly lacking in the defensive department ahead of the new Premier League season. However, it seems that Spurs have a replacement lined up, according to French outlet L’Equipe.

They report that Pochettino is a huge admirer of Monaco centre-back Kamil Gilk and is extremely interested in bringing him to Hotspur Way. The French outlet point out that the deal will not be a simple one to get over the line.

The French club are likely to see a mass summer transfer window exodus as stars such as Thomas Lemar, Fabinho and Tiemoue Bakayoko could be seeking moves away. As a result, Monaco will not be willing to let Gilk go on the cheap.

Despite this, looking abroad might be the best way to go if Spurs are to add to their squad. Premier League prices are hugely inflated at the moment, and Spurs already know that they will have to fork out at least £25m if not more if they want to secure the services of either Ben Gibson or Alfie Mawson.

Spurs’ Attempts To Make First Summer Signing Might Have Got A Whole Lot Easier

North London rivals Arsenal have strengthened already this summer, Manchester United look to be close to completing their first big move and Everton have not been messing around in making early additions. Having seen rivals add to their squads at this early stage, Spurs are yet to get off the mark and make their first summer signing. 

This season will be seen as little more than a transition season for the Lilywhites who will play their home matches at Wembley while the construction of the new White Hart Lane is completed ready for the 2018/19 season. With the new stadium to pay for, Daniel Levy will have to look after his pennies this summer and use his formidable negotiating powers to get some deals over the line. It might prove harder this window than any other before with prices soaring early on in this summer transfer window.

Spurs have already missed out on versatile defender Matthias Ginter, seen striker Josh King choose to stay put at Bournemouth, witnessed Everton slap a massive £50m price tag on Ross Barkley and learn that they will have to fork out at least £25m each for Premier League defenders Ben Gibson and Alfie Mawson. You get the feeling it could be a long summer.

However, Spurs could make their first summer signing if they react quickly to the latest development in the transfer market. Young striker Kylian Mbappe is a man in demand this summer following impressive performances for French club Monaco last season. Real Madrid are one of the clubs alongside PSG to have shown an interest in the teenager and they will be looking to offload some players in order to make room for Mbappe as well as ensure they have the funds to secure his services.

One of those players that could face the axe at the Bernabeu is young talent Mateo Kovacic, and the Metro claim that Real Madrid could be set to offer him to Spurs as they look to raise funds of Mbappe, who they might have break the bank and spend up to £150m for.

Kovacic is reportedly keen to get more first team minutes, which might be hard to come by at Real Madrid, and a move away might be the best option for his career. The 23-year-old played 27 times in La Liga, netting once, appeared six times in the Champions League scoring once and predominantly plays in the middle of the park.

The fact that Real Madrid have said that they will now listen to offers for Kovacic indicates that Spurs will not have to pay ridiculously over the odds to secure his signature. Will the Croatian become Tottenham’s first signing of this summer transfer window?

Tottenham Insist That Star Is Not For Sale As Transfer Rumours Intensify

Tottenham insist that midfielder Eric Dier is strictly not for sale over the summer transfer window as manager Mauricio Pochettino sees him as an integral part of their plans for the future according to football.london.

Manchester United have been linked with a move for the Englishman and reports have suggested that they will make a formal bid in the next few days. However, it seems that they shouldn’t bother perusing Dier’s signature as he is not for sale.

A £75m deal that would see Romelu Lukaku move to Old Trafford looks likely, a deal for Victor Lindelof has already been agreed this summer but the Portuguese boss is not ready to stop spending anytime soon, plotting a £50m bid for Eric Dier.

The defensive midfield is an area of the squad that Mourinho appears intent on strengthening before the start of the new season and had identified Nemanja Matic as an early target. However, it looks like the Red Devils will miss out on their man having annoyed Chelsea by beating them to striker Romelu Lukaku. Attention has now turned to Dier, but it looks like Mourinho will also miss out on him given Tottenham’s tough stance.

Eric Dier was an extremely important player for Spurs last season, and has been well utilised by manager Mauricio Pochettino, playing in a back three with Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen or in defensive midfield alongside either Victor Wanyama or Mousa Dembele. It is the Englishman’s versatility that makes him so valuable and he is starting to become a leading figure in the Tottenham dressing room.

The 23-year-old played almost 50 games for Spurs last season and 36 in the Premier League. He netted just twice but provided real steel to the team, whether that was playing in defence or in midfield, which is exactly what potential suitors Manchester United will be looking for in the latest signing.

Dier was a brilliant player for Spurs last season and it will be a silly move to sell him at this stage. The midfielder’s versatility allows for in-game formation switches which have proved useful in the past, Manchester City away in a 2-2 draw springs to mind. It would be totally the right decision for Spurs to keep Dier on this season. For now, he is a Spurs player, and let’s hope it stays that way when the transfer window slams shut at the end of August.

Forget Ross Barkley, Spurs Must Target This £30m Alternative Instead

According to SunSport, Spurs are interested in bringing Everton attacking midfielder Ross Barkley to the club, but they understand that Mauricio Pochettino and Daniel Levy do not want to pay the £50m asking price that Everton have come up with. 

For that exact reason, I believe that Spurs should abandon their attempts to sign Ross Barkley for whatever price and they should turn their attention to bringing Gylfi Sigurdsson back to North London after he moved away from White Hart Lane three years ago for £8.6m.

It will cost a lot of money to bring Sigurdsson back to the club, but there would be no settling in period for the Icelandic international having already spent two fairly successful seasons at the club. It is thought that Swansea are likely to ask for around about £30m for the attacking midfielder.

Yes, this is a lot of money to pay for a player that was sold just a few years ago for around £8m, but it would be a much better decision to bring Sigurdsson back to the club than potentially pay up to £20m more for a player that simply does not possess the attitude or quality to succeed at a club like Spurs.

Having watched Ross Barkley on more than a few occasions last season, I have to say that I was less than impressed. The Englishman appeared 36 times in the Premier League for Everton, scoring five times and providing nine assists. Is that the form of a player worth £50m? Prices have inflated recently, but seriously? £50m for a 5-goal attacking midfielder. I can see why Mauricio Pochettino has been put off by the huge price tag. You would certainly expect more from Barkley who has a lot of talent around him in that Everton team, a team that managed a 7th placed finish last season.

The Englishman lacks the decision-making ability that played at a high level consistently demands, his final ball is often the wrong ball, and that is when he does decide to offload the ball, Barkley often decides to go it along when the pass is clearly the better option.

His attitude also leaves a lot to be desired for. His work-rate is often below-par, especially defensively, and Ronald Koeman has previously warned his man that his attitude must improve if he is to succeed at the top level. This poor attitude and poor work rate does not bode well for a move to Tottenham, where Mauricio Pochettino demands a hard-working team and a high work-rate, not just on the pitch on matchday, but in training too.

The signing of Gylfi Sigurdsson for around about £30m would prove to be a much better decision and a much better signing. Sigurdsson enjoyed a successful season in South Wales, and played a pivotal role in steering Paul Clement’s Swansea clear from the drop last term.

The Icelandic international scored nearly double the amount of goals in the Premier League than Barkley did last season. Sigurdsson weighed in with nine goals and thirteen assists in 38 league appearances, four more goals and four more assists than the £50m-rated Everton man.

Then there comes the topic of work-rate. I found that in his time at Spurs and at Swansea, Sigurdsson’s attitude and work-rate has been first class, and I cannot see that changing any time soon. The decision to sell Sigurdsson three years ago still puzzles me to this day, and Mauricio Pochettino praising the former Spurs man last season in a press conference confuses the matter even more as Sigurdsson was sold when Pochettino was the head coach at Tottenham.

Furthermore, Spurs fans seem to be keen on the idea of bringing Sigurdsson back to the club, as they were sent into a Twitter frenzy yesterday after a certain tweet from the official Spurs Twitter account regarding Sigurdsson. 

Signing Ross Barkley would be a huge mistake this summer, and it is my belief that Barkley would have a similar debut season at Spurs to Moussa Sissoko if he were to sign. Gylfi Sigurdsson is a cheaper alternative and would prove to be much more of a success at Spurs than Barkley.

Report: Spurs Ready To Spend More Than £50m On Premier League Duo

Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add to his defensive options over this summer transfer window, and is reportedly ready to spend more than £50m on these two Premier League defenders, with the Daily Star claiming that Spurs have ‘cash to splash’. 

The Daily Star report that Spurs are keen on signing two English defenders in the next couple of months, with their eyes on both Alfie Mawson and Ben Gibson and Mauricio Pochettino looks to improve squad depth at Spurs.

In order to make room for these two potential new additions, Tottenham are looking to offload outcast Kevin Wimmer. However, clubs interested in Germany have been put off making a move due to the £20m price tag that has been slapped on the Austrian by chairman Daniel Levy. Southampton have also been linked with a move for Wimmer.

Alfie Mawson is the first player that Spurs will reportedly look to bring to the club. The Englishman made 27 appearances in the Premier League for Swansea, the majority of those coming under Paul Clement after he took over after he was appointed in the New Year. In these games, the 23-year-old was yellow carded just once and scored on four occasions.

Ben Gibson is set to be another defender that the Lilywhites will target over the summer. The 24-year-old was a mainstay in the Middlesbrough team that failed to beat the drop last season, appearing in every single game in the Premier League last term, scoring on one occasion.

Both players are fairly young and have plenty of potential to improve, but you would certainly have to question how much game time the pair would be getting if they made the move to Hotspur Way. Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen formed a formidable partnership at the heart of the Spurs defence, conceding just 26 goals in the Premier League last season, the best defensive record in the league.

It would be stupid for Mauricio Pochettino to break up this partnership, but it might be wise to add to the squad depth in this area, adding more options for rotations with a back four and perhaps a defensive alternative to Eric Dier in a back three.

However, the likelihood is that Mawson and Gibson would not be playing every week if they were to make moves to Spurs, and upwards of £50m would seem rather a lot of money to bring in two backup defenders. Having seen Jordan Pickford move to Everton for £30m and Michael Keane make the same move for the same price, it is clear to see that young English talent does not come cheap. After seeing these deals go through, you would expect Burnley and Swansea to ask for at least £25m for their respective defenders. It seems a lot of money for me to spend on two backups.

Do you think Mawson and Gibson would be good signings given their high price tags?

Spurs Set To Fail In Big Money Pursuit Of Attacker Who Looks To Stay Put

Tottenham are more than likely to miss out on top summer target Josh King, who looks as if he will stay at Dean Court beyond the end of the summer transfer window. 

The 25-year-old striker managed to bag sixteen goals last term in the Premier League alone, and this impressive form has reportedly caught the eye of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino as he looks to strengthen in the striking department ahead of a potential title charge next season.

The front man is valued at £30m, and Spurs would have to fork out at least this sum of money if they are to secure the services of King ahead of a temporary move to Wembley while the construction of the new White Hart Lane is completed.

However, the player himself is unsure that a move to Tottenham would be the best move for his career according to The Sun. The striker is fully aware that he needs regular game time in order to develop as a player, and is reportedly unsure that he would get this at Tottenham. Harry Kane is the first choice striker, and Josh King sees no way of getting regular game time ahead of the England international.

The Sun also suggest that Everton have made an inquiry for the Bournemouth man as they prepare for what could be life without star striker Romelu Lukaku, but King is not desperate to leave the south coast club, where he is guaranteed regular game time under Eddie Howe.

Harry Kane had another brilliant season for Spurs as he still managed to scoop the golden boot despite a couple of spells out through injury, but Spurs were lacking in options instead of the 23-year-old. Vincent Janssen arrived last summer for £17m but failed to hit the ground running, netting just twice in the Premier League last term, one of those coming from the penalty spot.

Heung-min Son has been experimented with up top by himself, and with some success it has to be said, but it would be a wise decision to bring in another recognised striker as the future of struggling Vincent Janssen remains in the balance, with a move to Borussia Monchengladbach potentially on the cards.

Bringing in another striker over the summer to provide back up for Harry Kane would definitely be a good decision, but it looks increasingly unlikely that Josh King will be the next player to arrive at Hotspur Way as he looks set to stay at Bournemouth, where he is guaranteed regular first team minutes.

Spurs Miss Out On Versatile Defender, Would He Have Been A Good Signing?

German publication Kicker claim that Spurs are set to fall short in their attempts to sign versatile defender Matthias Ginter from Borussia Dortmund over the summer transfer window. 

The report from Kicker suggests that Ginter has chosen to move to fellow German club Borussia Monchengladbach instead of making a move to the Premier League. Ginter was on international duty with Germany in the Confederations Cup and played the full ninety minutes in the 1-0 win over Chile in the final on Sunday. Now, having completed international duty, the 23-year-old is reportedly to get a move to Monchengladbach secure as soon as possible.

Previous reports have suggested that Spurs had made an inquiry for the German international, and were prepared to pay up to £18m to secure his services ahead of the new season. However, with the player reportedly already deciding his future, Spurs will not get a chance to talk Ginter into a move to London.

The Borussia Dortmund man is very versatile. He can play in any of three positions; centre-back, right-back or defensive midfield. Remind you of somebody in the Spurs squad? Yes, Eric Dier.

Would he have been a good signing?

It is always brilliant to have these versatile players in the squad such as Eric Dier, and we have seen over the last couple of years how useful he has been to the squad, slotting into many different positions in his time at the club. Ginter is a very similar player to Dier, and would have been a useful signing.

Kyle Walker may leave the club this summer to move to Manchester City, leaving Kieran Trippier as the only right-back at the club. This is one of the positions that Ginter could have slotted in to. Kevin Wimmer, Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier are the only players at the club that can play at centre-back, and again this is a position that Ginter could have occupied.

The signing of Ginter or somebody very similar would become essential if Eric Dier was to leave the club this summer, but the Englishman was included in the new Nike kit release, how much we can read into this I do not know.

Yes, Ginter would have been an excellent signing for Spurs, adding to the squad depth that is so desperately needed to challenge for trophies in England, and would have allowed for more rotation in the squad without the cost being unreasonably high at around £18m.

Tottenham’s Potential XI Next Season (3-4-3) Including Seri & 3 New Signings

Tottenham surpassed expectations in the 2016/17 season, but they still fell short of winning silverware, something that for all of the positives Pochettino has brought, he is yet to deliver. This summer, with their rivals spending big around them, Tottenham need to ensure they too are active in the market and bring in some top quality to supplement their squad.

In this article I take a look at how the team could like up in a 3-4-3 formation…

GK – Hugo Lloris

Lloris is a very important part of this team and it is pivotal to the future of the club that he stays around. He is a leader and a top quality player. Hopefully, his recent blunder for France will have done enough to deter some of the big boys coming in with a bid! But Lloris has been a great servant for the club so far, and the truth is if Spurs do not start to win trophies soon, his head is likely to be turned. Tottenham need to bring in some more world class players around Lloris to show the club can match the player’s ambition…