While it may be a push for all 11 to leave Tottenham, here are the players who conceivably could.
Gio dos Santos
The Mexican has been hoping to find an escape route out of Spurs for around two years now, but has been unable to find one. He has complained via his agent that he is being priced out of a move, and 'held hostage'. Held hostage on a quite substantial wage we should note. Even so he wants to play first team football and he is known to be interesting several sides in Serie A and may finally get his move this time around.
The news Dawson was to be made available split supporters, with some upset to see a defender at his peak let go, but others realising it could be a prudent financial decision for a player no longer assured of a first team spot. The defender turned down a move to QPR, while Stoke and Liverpool have both expressed an interest. Whether that turns into anything more concrete remains to be seen, but now the cat is out the bag that Spurs want to sell him, his departure is likely to be hastened.
News broke yesterday that Spurs are willing to let Lennon leave, but who will sign him? We bet QPR will be interested, after all it seems there is not a player they do not want to sign, but you couldn't blame them for going after Lennon. The winger is excellent on his day but suffered with injuries last season, and reports suggest AVB does not see him as part of his future set up. It would still take a big offer, and high profile arrival at Spurs of their own for it to happen.
There was a lot of talk at Bentley being given a second chanced at Spurs this summer, but he has not featured at all this season so far. Spurs spent £15 million on him four years ago, but he could end up leaving for a tenth of that. It would be an amicable solution for all concerned if Bentley was to secure a move away allowing him to play first team football and draw a line under the past disappointing seasons. Fulham are thought to be interested in him and they are not likely to be the only ones. Former club Blackburn would likely take him back, even if he would prefer to remain in the Premier League.
A fortnight ago it seemed that Huddlestone to Stoke on loan for the year was a done deal, but the deal hit a hitch and has been placed on the backburner. Stoke are keen to resurrect the move, and it is still likely the player will end up leaving on loan to play first team football. Spurs would be wise to add an option into the deal allowing them to recall him in January if required.
Rafael van der Vaart
This is one exit deal which just won't go away. Van der Vaart is said to be keen to leave Spurs, or at least his wife is hoping he will quit London for Germany. His former club Hamburg are interested, and if Spurs can bring in a playmaker like Willian, they may consider the Dutchman expendable at the right price. Only Andre Villas-Boas will know if the attacker fits into his preferred style of play, but if he does not he may be worth cashing in on.
Sunderland are thought to be keen on signing Jenas, who missed almost the entire season with injury last time out. He was on loan at Aston Villa then and at 29 will want to kick on and play regularly. He came on as a substitute against West Brom at the weekend, but if Spurs make the necessary additions he may find chances few and far between. However if Spurs let Huddlestone go on loan, they could elect to keep Jenas as back-up.
Rose is another player interesting Sunderland, with the player in need of playing first team football. Opinion is still split on whether he is a better left-midfielder or left-back, but he finds his path blocked by the excellent Benoiit Assou-Ekotto and Gareth Bale in both areas. He played for Great Britain at the Olympics this summer, and will want to build on his experience by playing rather than sitting on the sidelines.
As a teenager Bostock was once courted by Barcelona, and Spurs acted swiftly to sign him from Crystal Palace. Since then though he has really failed to kick on, to his own and the club's disappointment. He is still only 20 and there is plenty of time for him to get his career back on track, but a move away from Tottenham would be best for him. He was loaned to Sheffield Wednesday at the end of last season, and a return there or to ambitious Nottingham Forest could be on the cards.
This seemed impossible 24 hours ago, but it has been discussed elsewhere on the web that AVB could put Parker up for sale and it would be remiss not to mention it. The midfielder was a key player under Redknapp, and his injury has prevented him really showing his new boss what he can do, who appears determined to put his own stamp on the squad. There would be no shortage of takers for Parker, with West Ham bound to show an interest in going back in for their former captain.
Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes said he was glad to see the back of Harry Redknapp and could fight for his place, but already it seems like he is again not in his new manager's plans, with Carlo Cudicini preferred for a spot on the bench on Saturday. With talks still ongoing regarding a potential move for France number one goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, he seems further away from the Tottenham first team than ever before.
Which Spurs players do you expect- and want- to leave before the deadline?
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