Tottenham's French Expedition Is Focused in the Wrong Place
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In a move that has Lyon fans breathing a sigh of relief and Tottenham supporters frustrated, the French outfit has rejected Spurs bid for Hugo Lloris according to the Daily Mail. After much speculation surrounding the star goalkeeper, it appears Tottenham are back to square one in their search for a keeper.
Outside of the keeper position, Tottenham have been looking to strengthen their attack. With Emmanuel Adebayor's wage demands pricing him out of a move, Spurs have been stuck in the mud so to speak in the summer dealings.
If this pattern continues, then Andre Villas-Boas may find his tenure at White Hart as short as his time with Chelsea. With all the rumored Spurs targets, there has not been a problem of them looking, but more of a problem of where.
Prior to the start of the summer transfer season, I wrote a piece on Tottenham looking to Marseille for reinforcements (see here). That was during the last days of Harry Redknapp, but the opportunity for high quality additions from the French club remains.
As reported by Sky Sports, Marseille are in a selling state to even out their financial load. In the Sky Sports report, Marseille chairman Vincent Labrune was quoted on the following:
We have three players we have agreed to let leave - Cesar Azpilicueta, Stephane Mbia and either Loic Remy or Andre Ayew.
However, we have changed our mind about Loic. We will see, but we would like to keep him. However, it is difficult to have a definitive position.
Andre Ayew and Loic Remy (who Spurs have been linked to previously) would both be excellent additions to the Tottenham frontline. Suitable targets plus club in financial need usually equates to good business for the buyers. A perfect example of this is Arsenal's recent capture of Santi Cazorla from Malaga.
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Marseille is currently playing hardball with Chelsea regarding a fee for Cesar Azpilicueta. Azpi's wage bill is much lower than Ayew or Remy, and Marseille is trying to maximize the return for a reasonably priced defender with a high ceiling. Marseille should be more willing to come off the asking price for Ayew or Remy due to their higher wage bills. While a deep discount is unlikely, a lower fee of £1 million or £2 million could be enough.
With the talent both possess, the cost would be an economical buy that would improve the squad.
A trip to Marseille can also solve the goalkeeping scenario for Tottenham in the form of Steve Mandanda. While not mentioned by Labrune as a player they were willing to sell, money is king especially to the cash strapped outfit.
Mandanda is more then capable of manning the posts in the Premier League. Any questions regarding his abilities can be answered by watching his performances against Manchester United and Inter Milan in the Champions League.
Mandanda is extremely athletic and boasts a wealth of experience in all competitions. His cost would be less than the rejected bid for Lloris. As I have written before, a shopping spree in Marseille will net Tottenham key components for the next several years.
The window is beginning to close, and for Spurs, that includes their hopes of Champions League competition if they do not act fast.
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