Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumors, Updates
With Harry Redknapp at the helm, Tottenham Hotspur will once again be at the center of many a transfer flurry this summer.
Missing out on Champions League action next season courtesy of Chelsea’s dramatic penalty shootout win against Bayern Munich has also sparked a wide range of rumors concerning player exits from White Hart Lane.
Now let’s look at 10 deals rumored to be in the pipeline.
Giovani dos Santos
First, the potential departures.
Once hyped as one of football’s hottest talents when he first joined Tottenham from Barcelona, Giovani dos Santos has found first-team opportunities extremely hard to come by.
He’s spent time on loan at Ipswich, Galatasaray and Racing Santander, and Swansea, as reported by BBC, are the next in line to take him on board for a season.
Harry Redknapp’s swoop for ex-Everton striker Louis Saha came as something of a surprise when it happened back in the January transfer window.
While Everton themselves hit a transfer wonder in Nikica Jelavic, and Newcastle also scored a new striking hero in Papiss Demba Cisse, to say that Saha has been disappointing is an understatement.
His decision to congratulate Chelsea on their Champions League win via Twitter wasn’t taken well by the Spurs fans, and now it appears that he will be released this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
Niko Kranjcar, Vedran Corluka
Out-of-favor Croatian duo Niko Kranjcar and Vedran Corluka have been angling for exits from White Hart Lane since they’ve lost their places in Redknapp’s first team.
Indeed, Corluka spent the second half of last season out on loan with Bayer Leverkusen.
Oh, Luka Modric.
All three clubs can offer what Spurs can’t: Champions League football next season (and pretty substantial wages to boot).
Maybe this summer Modric will get his wish to move to a club at the highest levels of European football.
Now for the potential arrivals.
First is Jan Vertonghen, whose signing is still the likeliest to happen for now.
Vertonghen’s arrival would go some way in strengthening Harry Redknapp’s defence.
Alessandro Del Piero
Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero signed off his career with the Turin club by scoring a goal on his last appearance and then lifting the Serie A trophy.
But his career isn’t finished just yet.
The Daily Mail reports that he has set his sights on the Premier League, and Tottenham have duly been linked with the Italian striker.
Given Redknapp’s penchant for signing aged stars (Saha and Ryan Nelsen have already been brought in this year), this rumor could have something to it yet.
Leandro Damiao has been linked with a move to Spurs since, well, just about forever.
This summer, Redknapp seems to be acting on his wish to bring the Brazilian striker in, as the Metro reports that he’s already had a £14 million offer rejected.
If he doesn’t match Internacional’s reported price tag, we might well be seeing rumors linking Damiao with Spurs again next January, next summer, and for the rest of his career.
Another name who has reportedly been on Tottenham’s transfer wishlist for a long, long time is Marseille’s Loic Remy.
As reported by the Daily Mail, his biggest concern is apparently whether Harry Redknapp will stay on as Tottenham manager.
The striker, who has been labeled the new Thierry Henry, would presumably find himself as first-choice striker next season.
The Daily Mirror reports that Ivory Coast striker Arouna Kone has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane this summer, after scoring 15 goals in a successful season on loan with Levante from Sevilla.
If Spurs don’t manage to secure Emmanuel Adebayor’s permanent transfer from Manchester City in the coming few months, Kone would be a much cheaper option.
Juventus’ Milos Krasic was offered a loan move away from Juventus just this past January, an offer that he decided not to take up in the end.
Now the Daily Mail says Spurs have resurrected their interest in the Serbian winger.
With Krasic not assured of a first-team place next season after Juventus’ successful league campaign, White Hart Lane could be his next destination.
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