January Transfer Window: Five "Special" Players Tottenham Should Pursue
"It's extremely unlikely we will be doing any business in this window. Unless someone very special came on the market, someone that could improve the team, I'll stick with what I have."
As a Spurs fan, I definitely agree with Redknapp's position. Despite our recent draw with Swansea, the team is clicking excellently and there are very few flaws present with the current squad.
But there are definitely players out there that could potentially make Tottenham an even more dangerous team than it currently is. And there are a few positions which could be better reinforced within Tottenham's squad as well.
Here are five "special" players that could be just what Redknapp is looking for this January.
Emmanuel Adebayor has done well this season, scoring nine goals and assisting six others in 15 games.
But there is no denying that Adebayor can be a tad wasteful in front of goal. And, in recent games, that has hurt Tottenham because dominant possession and passing has not resulted in a high number of goals.
Papiss Cisse could be someone who could change that.
The Senegalese striker has scored 39 goals in 67 games for SC Freiburg, and would likely happily agree to a deal that would take him from the Bundesliga strugglers to a team in the title hunt in the EPL.
The Mirror reports that Cisse price-tag has been set at £14 million, which isn't too much for a 26-year old striker in his prime, who is scoring regularly in one of the best leagues in the world.
This move would be especially good if Roman Pavyluchenko decides to leave, which, sadly looks inevitable now.
So this may be a deal that Redknapp will want to consider.
Another African striker who Harry Redknapp could pursue is Seydou Doumbia.
Doumbia is arguably one of the most dangerous, up-and-coming African strikers in the world game. And I'll hand it off to B/R colleague Yoosof Farah to tell you more about him here.
Yes, I'm aware that this rumor has been reported way too many times.
But David Hoilett could be the perfect player to bring to compete with Aaron Lennon on the right flank. Yes, he's a left wing by trade, but he's right-footed, so the switched shouldn't be too hard for Hoilett to make.
His transfer fee is reportedly only £8 million, due to his expiring contract. That's not bad for one of the most promising 21-year-old wingers in the EPL.
Gregory Van Der Wiel
I know you're a bit confused.
Why pursue Gregory van der Wiel when we have up-and-coming Kyle Walker?
It's because van der Wiel is a truly "special" player.
He's easily one of the top ten right backs in the world right now, and may even be one of the top five. His defensive game is rock solid, and he's pretty impressive on offense as well.
Kyle Walker has the ability to be a great right winger if needed. He's ridiculously fast, good at cutting the ball back to a striker, good at crossing and good at getting past defenders.
If van der Wiel was brought in, Walker could easily be moved up to right wing to give us one of the best right back-right wing partnerships in the Premier League.
Besides, Vedran Corluka is likely leaving Tottenham, and we're going to need more depth at right back. Rather than allow Valencia to sign van der Wiel, we should splash some cash to sign a truly world-class player.
I know, I know, the whole African striker deal is getting kind of annoying now.
But this is the last one, so bear with me.
Moussa Sow has scored 31 goals in 54 league games for Lille OSC, and has scored three goals in six Champions League games this season for Lille, as well.
He's a bit more pricey than Cisse earlier on this list, but he is cheaper than Doumbia while playing in a more respectable league.
Who do you think Tottenham should target? I had to plow through a great deal of garbage to put together this list of targets, because there are so many rumors out there that have no chance of happening that get reported anyway.
But if any one of these guys can be signed as Redknapp's "special" player in January, Tottenham will have done well for themselves. This is, however, provided that not too many of the "out-of-favor" players decide to leave.