Tottenham Transfers: 7 Stars to Bring Spurs a Premier League Title Next Season
It may be out of their reach this season, but if Tottenham Hotspur continue to progress at the rate they do then they could well be challenging for the title next season.
Since Harry Redknapp took over they have gone from Premier League also-rans to the quarterfinals of the Champions League.
Redknapp is key to this selection of seven players to help Spurs reach the next level. It is done on the basis that Redknapp will still be at White Hart Lane next season, rather than the more likely event that he will leave to take charge of England.
It is hard to speculate as to what a new manager would do, especially as they may have to deal with the departures of one or more of the club's current stars if Redknapp does in fact depart.
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Before the last World Cup, Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Rene Adler was Germany's first choice following the retirement of Jens Lehmann and untimely death of Robert Enke.
However, Adler missed out on the trip to South Africa due to injury. Manuel Neuer took his place and has never looked back. To make things worse, a knee operation last summer means he is yet to play a minute for his club this season, with his spot now taken by youngster Bernd Leno.
Adler is clearly a very talented keeper, but there comes a time for many players relegated to long stretches of bench time when a change of scenery is best, for player and club.
If that happens with Adler, and Tottenham can exploit it, then they will land themselves a keeper worthy of becoming the 40-year-old Brad Friedel's heir.
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The Belgian attacker has been one of the most talked-about young players in European football over the past year.
Ever since he helped Lille to their first Ligue 1 title in almost 60 years, some of the continent's biggest clubs have been chasing his signature.
The 21-year-old has already confirmed that this season will be his last at the Stade Metropole, but he surprised everyone by telling a TV station in his home country that he could be on his way to Spurs in the summer.
"Maybe it will be Tottenham. It is a great English club," he said. "I said that I would go to England and there is very good players (at Spurs). I have not yet signed. This is going to happen soon."
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From one of the the hottest young playmaking prospects in Europe to one who many believe has already peaked.
Wesley Sneijder left Real Madrid in 2009, deemed surplus to requirements, he responded by being instrumental in Inter Milan's historic treble-winning campaign and in Netherlands' march to the World Cup final.
Since then, however, his career has stalled due to a series of injuries and his hero status at Inter has been greatly harmed by the fact that he came close to leaving last summer.
If Inter can get the sort of fee that would tempt them into selling the Dutchman, Sneijder may find the move to London to join up with international teammate Rafael van der Vaart an inviting prospect.
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The veteran AC Milan midfielder may be 36 this year, but he is still capable of performing consistently at a high level (as Arsenal discovered in the first leg of their Champions League tie on Wednesday).
He may not start every match, but when he does his years of experience shine through as much as the technical skill he has always possessed.
Introducing a player like Clarence Seedorf to the squad would certainly help instill a title-winning mentality in the Spurs dressing room. The club's hugely talented but trophy-starved players would benefit from being in the presence of the only man ever to have won the Champions League with three different clubs.
Just as Roberto Mancini brought Patrick Vieira in to help unite his band of expensive signings as one at Manchester City, so Redknapp would reap the rewards for bringing in one of the games most respected players, if he is still keen for one final challenge.
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Spurs' most pressing concern in the summer is how they are going to replace Emmanuel Adebayor when his loan spell ends and returns to Manchester City.
It seems unlikely that Spurs will be willing or able to pay the sort of wages Adebayor will command without them being part-subsidised by City, so the hunt is on the find another striker in the summer.
To that end, Redknapp has kept himself busy recently by flying out to watch striker Loic Remy play. The French international is a proven goal scorer, with 24 in 52 Ligue 1 appearances for Marseille since joining them in 2010.
He would fit well into the lone centre-forward that Adebayor has pulled off with such aplomb this season, and at 25 years old he is now entering his peak years.
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Another option for Spurs could be Valencia striker Roberto Soldado. The forward has again been frighteningly consistent in front of goal for Los Che this season, scoring 17 times in 27 matches in the league and Europe this term.
With Fernando Torres's form still a pale imitation of his former self, Spain coach Vicente del Bosque may soon be forced to give up the ghost and drop him completely in favour of Soldado, whose star is unquestionably on the rise.
If David Villa does not make it back in time, then Soldado may get the chance to shine at Euro 2012 this summer. In that case, Spurs would be wise to seal his signing before the tournament before his price rockets, just as they did with Luka Modric four years ago.
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It would not be the most universally popular signings in the club's history, but you can bet that Carlos Tevez would bring plenty of goals to the table for Spurs.
With all the farrago over the last few months about his refusal to come off the bench for Manchester City and his subsequent sulking in exile back in Argentina, it has largely been forgotten just what an exceptional player Tevez is.
His work rate on the pitch (if you can get him there) is second to none, and his combination of skill and brute strength make him a potent weapon against any defence. Redknapp himself has recently extolled the virtues of the disgraced City captain.
If Spurs could get one good season out of Tevez before he throws another tantrum, that could be just the boost they need to push them over the line and win the title.