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Tottenham Transfer News: Wesley Sneijder Not Worth the Headache for Spurs

TURIN, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 16:  Antonio Cassano of FC Internazionale Milano in action during the Serie A match between Torino FC and FC Internazionale Milano at Stadio Olimpico di Torino on September 16, 2012 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistDecember 26, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur would be wise to avoid Wesley Sneijder and all the baggage he carries.

Reports coming out of England have Spurs moving for the out-of-favor midfielder (ESPN.co.uk). Sneijder has hardly featured whatsoever in the Inter Milan lineup. Both the club and player have had a very public contract dispute.

The midfielder's enormous wages were thought to have been the biggest stumbling block to ensuring the Dutchman's exit from the San Siro. However, both Inter and Spurs have apparently agreed to a £12 million fee.

Sneijder is, without a doubt, a huge name in world football and one of the best attacking midfielders in the world at his peak.

On the other hand, ever since the 2009/10 season, in which Sneijder led Inter to a Champions League title, he has been on a downward slide. In addition, the Nerazzurri has been arguably a much better side without him.

With the midfielder out of the side, manager Andrea Stramaccioni has Inter fighting for a Champions League place. The club is level on points with Fiorentina in third place and only one point off second-place Lazio.

The possible transfer of Sneijder is eerily familiar to the one this past summer involving Hugo Lloris.

Goalkeeper was a position where Spurs could have used an upgrade. Brad Friedel has been stellar this year, but at 41 years old, it would have made sense to purchase a replacement that would help the club in the long term.

Instead, Tottenham went after Lloris. Manager Andre Villas-Boas then had to deal with the hassle of which player to choose. Ultimately Friedel won out, and many around Lloris were quick to complain at his immediate lack of first-team football.

Now that Villas-Boas has largely put the saga behind him, he's about to walk right back into the same fire. And the flames burning from Sneijder will be much hotter.

You can see where Spurs are coming from by looking to buy another midfielder. They could use an upgrade, but they're looking at the wrong player.

Despite his immense talent, the Dutchman constantly needs reassurance. Sneijder is at his best when the manager puts his arm around him and tells him he's the best in the world.

Villas-Boas may not be on the Louis van Gaal level of dealing with players, but he also isn't anywhere near the type of manager that Jose Mourinho is. AVB isn't afraid to alienate a player and put him on the substitute bench if he feels it will be to the club's benefit.

He did it at Chelsea with John Terry and Frank Lampard. Granted, it cost Villas-Boas his job and Chelsea eventually won a Champions League.

If Sneijder was still a world-class midfielder, it might be OK having to deal with the issues Sneijder will inevitably bring. But at 28 years old, he isn't worth the hassle.

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