Tottenham Transfers: 4 Defenders to Replace Ledley King

Ryan DayCorrespondent IJanuary 1, 2012

Tottenham Transfers: 4 Defenders to Replace Ledley King

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    Ledley King is quite literally on his last leg.

    The former England international has played well in what games he's made an appearance, but knowing when the center back is going to suit up is like flipping a coin and calling heads or tails. Of the 18 league matches and handful of games in Tottenham's failed Europa campaign, King has only made 11 appearances.

    This isn't to downplay how well King has played this season nor how much he's contributed to their current third-place standing in the league table.

    But King's knees aren't getting any better, and for Tottenham to make a serious climb to the Premier League summit, they'll need a new defender to put in King's place. Where better to find him than this winter's transfer window?

    That said, I give you the best possible replacements at center back for King

Gary Cahill (Bolton)

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    Chelsea and Tottenham are locked in a tug-of-war for the services of Gary Cahill, arguably one of the best English defenders on the open market.

    Cahill will come to London, but it won't be to Chelsea. Nope. It'll be to Tottenham and the reason is simple.

    The two London clubs will offer Cahill similar money and incentives, but Tottenham provides a much better opportunity in that they'll be playing in next year's Champions League. Chelsea, who will advance to the quarterfinals thanks for a fortunate draw with Napoli, will not finish higher than fourth in the league table and may have to settle for a spot in Europa.

    Tottenham, however, will surely make it into the top three of this year's table and will be fighting for a league title in the spring.

    Cahill will have two options—join Chelsea and participate in a couple of Champions League matches this year and then play on a team with no shot at winning the title or join Tottenham, wait on the Champions League and battle the Manchester twins for the league title.

    He'll join Tottenham and Spurs fans will rejoice.

Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich)

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    While it'd be quite the long shot, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng would be a boost no matter where he plays come January.

    Physically strong and composed, Boateng has garnered a reputation as a tough-tackling, versatile defender who can go up and support the midfield in attacks.

    I know that Cahill is the front-runner in terms of Tottenham's search for a defender during the January transfer window, but why not see if the former Manchester City star wants to return to the Premiership? His experience probably wasn't what he imagined, but Harry Redknapp has shown he has a knack for courting disgruntled, ex-City players.

Dante (Borussia Mönchengladbach)

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    I think the Bundesliga would be a great place to find a center back, and if Bayern Munich holds onto Boateng, why not go to Borussia Mönchengladbach and poach Dante?

    You may not know it, but Borussia Mönchengladbach has conceded only 11 goals through 17 matches—second only to Bayern Munich's 10.

    Dante is a durable player who has played every minute of every game this season for Borussia Mönchengladbach. He's physical, he supports the attack well, and at 28 years old, he still has some miles left on his legs.

Younes Kaboul (Tottenham)

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    Who says that Tottenham's replacement for Ledley King has to come from another team?

    Younes Kaboul, a French international player, is an attack-minded defensive player that, like Dante in the previous slide, moves up in support naturally and would fill some of the gaps created when Modric leaves in the summer.

    He's made 16 appearances this season in league matches, including the most recent against Swansea City where he was superb. Kaboul was strong in the air against the newly-relegated Swans and had a couple of superb interceptions in the first half. If Gallas played as strongly as Kaboul, Tottenham would have gotten the win—and three points—instead of conceding a late goal and earning only a draw.

    Redknapp has given Kaboul every opportunity to succeed and Spurs fans should be comforted by the fact that if they don't find a blockbuster center defender, they already have a man who can do the job.