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Tottenham Transfer News: Latest on Modric and Striker Situation

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 22:  Emmanuel Adebayor (L) of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates with teammate Luka Modric of Tottenham Hotspur after scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at White Hart Lane on December 22, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IAugust 14, 2012

With less than a week until Tottenham's opening match against Newcastle United and about two and a half weeks until the close of the transfer window, the summer season is heating up.

After months of big news at White Hart Lane, Tottenham is looking for a few more moves to round out the team. Lots of issues are still up in the air, and a few positions are still needed to be filled, so the next few weeks are sure to be eventful.

So what's new in at the Lane today?

Here is the latest news in Spurs' potential moves in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

 

Croatia coach hints at Modric move

In the latest of the ridiculously drawn-out Luka Modric saga, the new coach of Croatia's national team expressed his belief that Modric will in fact move to Real Madrid before September.

Igor Štimac, who was appointed as Croatian coach on July 5 after the nation's exit from the Euro 2012 group stage, said in an interview with AS.com, "I don't like the situation that he is in at all, he has not played any matches at all this summer. He will end up signing for Madrid before the market shuts."

It is unlikely that Štimac has much inside knowledge of the situation from either club's standpoint, but the comments could be another indication of the extent of Modric's desire to leave.

The Spurs midfielder has made his feelings about a transfer abundantly clear over the past few years and especially this summer. A few weeks ago, Modric went AWOL from both Tottenham's training and their preseason tour, as the club attempted to get Madrid to pay the £40 million at which they value the Croatian.

Reports over the past few days, though, have had Modric joining the Spanish club for as little as £25 million.

That being said, the news of Štimac's comments should not be taken as an indication that the deal is finally reaching completion.

Instead, it's yet another indication that Modric is desperate to get out of the Lane.

 

Striker situation still cloudy

Spurs' situation at striker has been less than settled all summer, and it hasn't gotten much better throughout.

Emmanuel Adebayor, who played for Tottenham last season and was once thought to be a sure pick-up from Manchester City, has continually made his transfer difficult. Despite recent reports that the deal might be done soon, it has still not been completed.

Meanwhile, current Tottenham striker Giovani dos Santos seems to desire a move away from the Lane. After sustaining an injury while helping his Mexico side to an Olympic gold medal, dos Santos could return to Spurs demanding his transfer.

That leaves Spurs in a tough spot, as new manager Andre Villas-Boas will most likely have to play Jermain Defoe and the young Harry Kane up front. However, even those two aren't in the best standing with the club, as the Daily Mirror reports that Defoe is thinking about an exit.

Hence, Spurs are in need of at least one new striker.

Apparently, Tottenham may just find a striker in Spain, as Spurs are reportedly chasing Athletic Bilbao star Fernando Llorente. The Basque striker let his club know that he plans on leaving it, but he has multiple suitors including Juventus and Arsenal.

A move for Llorente would be a huge boost for the side's attacking force, but more signings may be needed to add depth at the striker position.

 

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