There seemed to be a significant deviation from the Tottenham Hotspur rulebook at the start of January, as they signed Ezekiel Fryers and agreed a summer move for Lewis Holtby in the first week of the window. Spurs fans might have hoped that the club was planning to complete all of its business early in the window, but have been left disappointed as they head into the final week of January with work still to do.
There have been three very high profile players linked with Spurs again this January, and at this stage it’s fair to say a deal for any of Willian, Joao Moutinho and Leandro Damiao is very unlikely to be pushed through. The only significant development with any of these players in recent weeks has been Porto’s acquisition of Hector Herrera, a player who could well end up being a replacement for Moutinho at the club, although it’s almost certain any move be in the summer at the earliest.
So onto more realistic targets. Spurs still need some extra creativity in their attacking midfield and an out and out striker. They might also look at extra cover in their midfield after Sandro’s injury, but could decide to rely on Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livemore instead.
In the attacking midfield, a move to bring Holtby’s transfer forward looks the most likely option, with Schalke likely to demand around €2 million for the player. Having let Iago Falque go out on loan, the arrival of Holtby this week has today been tied up.
The striker position is the key transfer that Spurs have to make, with a lack of firepower threatening to derail their season. Alvaro Negredo perhaps is the first choice, with either a permanent move or a loan a possibility with Sevilla keen to have his wages of their books. Gary Hooper is perhaps the main back up plan to Negredo, although another option could be to bring Jose Callejon on loan from Real Madrid, but he is not really the out and out striker required.
In midfield, a move for West Ham’s Mohamed Diame has been mooted, but given that Spurs have missed out on Moussa Sissoko and Yann M’Vila already, they might not be in the market at all.
In terms of outgoings, Spurs have plenty of deadwood in the squad, but it’s tricky to see them being able to offload much of it this January.
Predicted Incomings: Alvaro Negredo
Predicted Outgoings: Gomes, David Bentley (loan)