Tottenham Hotspurs’ Transfer Opportunities in January Window

André Villas-Boas has promised a quiet transfer window for Tottenham this January. Daniel Levy took charge of the transfer dealings during the summer rather than handing over the reins to the 35-year-old Villas-Boas. At Chelsea last year, Villas-Boas showed his understanding of the transfer market by bringing in talents such as Juan Mata and Romelu Lukaku; these signings parallel Villas-Boas’ philosophy of free flowing football.

Tottenham’s major problems come in the striker department. The misfiring Adebayor is experiencing second season syndrome, which seems to haunt him wherever he goes. Gylfi Sigurdsson hasn’t found his feet in the Tottenham line-up either. He has only been brought on for small cameo appearances when Clint Dempsey needed a rest.

The January transfer market is one that needs to be treated with care; but there are gems out there. One that has been tossed around lately is Wesley Sneijder. The problem with this move is that Sneijder’s wage demands may be too much for Levy to afford. He would also face strong competition from the likes of Manchester United and PSG. Sneijder would be able to slot in behind Jermain Defoe in Villas-Boas’ 4-2-3-1 system. Sneijder would bring more attacking prowess to the middle of the pitch.  His ability to spread the ball would allow him to link up with Moussa Dembélé and keep Tottenham from becoming one-dimensional.

Another name which has been strongly linked with a move away from his club is Fernando Llorente.  Llorente‘s ability to head the ball and draw defenders would be a great foil to Defoe’s clinical finishing.  The build of Llorente will cause Spurs fans to remember the lethal strike partnership of Defoe and Peter Crouch. Llorente’s contract is running out in the Basque country and Bilbao will look to incite a bidding war for his services. Juventus has shown their interest in signing the striker as well as Arsenal.

One option that hasn’t been explored but may have some potential is buying Alexandre Pato. Though Tottenham haven’t been linked with him, there has been speculation that AC Milan are willing to part with him and Robinho in order to bring in Manchester City’s Mario Balotelli. Pato could play as a lone striker or be deployed behind Defoe where he could link up with other world-class players such as Gareth Bale and Moussa Dembélé. One issue may be his wage demands, which are reported to be around the €4 million mark. Pato has been linked with a move to Brazil but I’m sure his head would turn if Tottenham made a bid. He can also link up with his Brazilian national teammate Sandro.

Demba Ba may be the hottest prospect in the January transfer market. His £7 million buyout clause is a source of major speculation. Tottenham may tempt Demba Ba to move to North London with the promise of a starting place in the lineup and a strong potential of Champions League football. He would take the place of Adebayor in the 4-4-2 system. Tottenham would have to manage his pre-existing knee problem but with Adebayor on the bench that wouldn’t be much of a problem.

If Tottenham want to cement their place in the Champions League, they may seriously have to consider dipping into the January transfer market. As Levy has shown in the past he likes to hold dealings off until the last possible minute so expect late bids for the players mentioned above.  All in all, the January transfer market has several gems and for the right price they can have a tremendous impact on Tottenham Hotspur.

6 thoughts on “Tottenham Hotspurs’ Transfer Opportunities in January Window”

  1. I would say that every one of those would be good signings for Tottenham, but every one of them will have the difficulty of Spurs wage structure. Not as harsh as Arsenal’s but enough so that bringing in world class players could be difficult.
    They would also depend on Gareth Bale staying.

  2. Couple of points…..

    “André Villas-Boas has promised a quiet transfer window for Tottenham this January.”

    Where did you here that? All I’ve heard him say at press conferences is its extremely unlikely we will do any business in the January window.

    Pato & Robinho are home sick & with Pato’s agent saying personal terms have been agreed for him to return to brazil with Corinthians any chance of either pato or Robinho (esp after how it ended with man city) coming to the premier league is next to zero.

    Demba Ba is also a no, too much of a risk for both Zlevy & AVB.

    Its not that I do not want to see us add in the window, I do, I just think your suggestions are incredibly unlikely. AVB does have a great eye for talent as you pointed out, and as recently as after todays reading win AVB said he likes Willian & Damiao & the mirror have taken that to mean we will be bidding again, I can’t see Willian moving until the summer, maybe on the alleged 3rd attempt we can get Damiao.

    There is No reason Shak would sell willian when they are in the champions league, he can help them progress & increase his value in the process.

    I do expect a few players to go out on loan or be sold, Jenas, Huddlestone, Livermore. When playing top teams we have a need @ LB, striker & creative midfielder, so I hope we can do some SMART business to help solidify top 4 as well as move us forward with AVB’s plan.

  3. AVB has earned Levy’s trust and deserves to get some support. He’s done just as good as Harry at this time last year and without Van Der Vaart and Modric. Spurs have a reputation of falling off the last half of the season. If Champions football is lost again then we can expect some players like Bale to jump ship. We must continue the momentum with strength andnthat means SPEND! Moutinho was moments away from signing so I wouldn’t count him out. He is what we need to fill the Modric void. Also Llorente will go to a big club in the summer so it’s now or never on him. Also, Vertonghens buddy Christian Erikson could make the move as well.

  4. AVB said yesterday he still covets Leandro DaMiao and Willian.

    Whatever happens getting Assou-Ekotto and Kaboul back will be like transfers. Shaky back line worries me more than lack of attacking options.

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