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Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumors, Updates & Signings

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistDecember 31, 2012

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News: Tracking Latest Rumors, Updates & Signings

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    The start of the new year can mean fresh opportunities, a chance to make amends for past mistakes or try your luck somewhere new.

    Those sentiments undoubtedly apply to football, and characterize so much of the thinking behind the deals that make up the January transfer window.

    Tottenham Hotspur have reason to be optimistic about their prospects for 2013, and just how active they will be in pursuing potential targets to help achieve their ambitions remains to be seen.

    There will undoubtedly be plenty of stories linking the Premier League club with a host of players over the coming month, as well as gossip pertaining to those who might be heading out of White Hart Lane.

    Here, Bleacher Report will attempt to bring you the best (i.e. most legitimate and/or entertaining) of these rumors, as well as keeping you up to date with any deals that do go through.

Mason Joins Lorient on Loan

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    Thursday 31 January

    Tottenham have announced via their official website that Ryan Mason is heading out on loan to Ligue 1 outfit Lorient for the rest of the reason.

    The attacking midfielder has been in great form for Spurs' Under-21 side this season. This will be his fourth time out on loan after previous spells with Yeovil Town, Doncaster Rovers and Millwall.

AC Milan Among Others Interested in Heurelho Gomes?

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    Thursday 17 January

    Heurelho Gomes has endured a frustrating couple of years at Tottenham. The former No.1 goalkeeper has seen Brad Friedel and more recently Hugo Lloris move ahead of him in the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

    SkySports.com is reporting Gomes' Spurs nightmare may soon be over with clubs on the continent keen to add the Brazilian to their ranks.

    Unsurprisingly there is said to be interest from Holland, the country where Gomes made his name in a successful stint with PSV Eindhoven. According to the story AC Milan are also preparing to make a move.

    UPDATE: Thursday 31 January

    Heurelho Gomes' Tottenham nightmare has been given a temporary reprieve after he was allowed to move to struggling Bundesliga side Hoffenheim.

    Spurs' official website says the Brazilian goalkeeper will stay there until the end of the season.

Liverpool Interested in Spurs' Pritchard

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    Friday 25th January

    In news that will slightly worry Tottenham fans who keep track of the progress of the club's youngsters in various competitions, it has emerged Liverpool are pursuing their talented attacking midfield Alex Pritchard.

    The London Evening Standard are reporting the Reds could take advantage of Pritchard's expiring contract and snap him up. Though Spurs would receive compensation it would be a blow to lose a player whose performances in the NextGen Series especially have got many of the club's fans excited about this prospective new talent.

    If Spurs are genuine about wanting to keep the 19-year-old at the club it would not be surprising to see him involved in matchday squads sooner rather than later if they want to convince him he has a future at White Hart Lane.

    UPDATE: Thursday 31 January

    Tottenham have announced via their official website that Alex Pritchard is heading out on loan to Peterborough for the remainder of the current campaign

Could Holtby Signing Lead to Departure of Two Spurs Midfielders?

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    Wednesday 30 January

    After Tottenham completed the signing of Lewis Holtby on Monday, two English newspapers are reporting of outside interest of two of the club's other midfielders.

    The Daily Mail has Fulham after Tom Huddlestone, with Cottagers boss Martin Jol said to be keen to bring in his former play in a £5 million deal.

    Meanwhile The Independent is suggesting another former Spurs manager, Harry Redknapp, is interesting in signing Scott Parker as his Queens Park Rangers attempt to avoid the drop.

    The story does however suggest that Redknapp knows any move for Parker is a long shot at best.

    Even with Holtby coming in, it would be surprising to see Tottenham let go of any of their central midfielders now. While Huddlestone, and possibly Parker's long-term future might not be at White Hart Lane, right now the club would likely not want to risk losing either in case of further injuries to other players.

Villas-Boas and Levy Considering Last Push for Damiao

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    Tuesday 29 January

    Despite Andre Villas-Boas claiming otherwise earlier this month, Tottenham may yet be pursuing Leandro Damiao.

    The London Evening Standard's Tom Collomosse writes that although "Villas-Boas is prepared to soldier on without another senior striker, despite the injury fears surrounding Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor’s absence on international duty" he thinks it is worth his chairman Daniel Levy making one last push to bring in Damiao.

    The Standard says the Internacional forward would cost Spurs £15 million, though elsewhere the Daily Star suggests he is priced at £20 million.

    The same stories do however say that, if a deal for the Brazilian cannot be done, Spurs may turn their attentions to either Sevilla's Alvaro Negredo or Celtic's Gary Hooper.

    Are Tottenham genuinely after another striker? Or is this just late transfer window gossip? We may find out within the next couple of days.

Spurs Complete Holtby Deal

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    Monday 28 January

    The buzz around the internet early on Monday is that Tottenham are close to agreeing a £1.5 million transfer fee with Schalke to sign Lewis Holtby this month, rather than on a free transfer at the end of the season.

    The Daily Mail reports a deal will be completed within 24 hours for the German midfielder.

    Should any official confirmation arrive we will update this one from rumor to done deal.

    UPDATE: Monday 28 January

    Tottenham's official website confirmed the transfer of Holtby to North London at just prior to 3:30pm UK time.

The Final Week

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    Monday 28 January

    The final week of the January transfer window has arrived.

    This Thursday is the last opportunity for Premier League clubs to get in players (other than in the rare case of free agents) for the rest of the season. Will it be a frantic Thursday or will the window's final day prove to be something of a damp squib?

    Andre Villas-Boas has been keeping it pretty low key in regards to his plans for Tottenham. There is guaranteed to be plenty of speculation over potential interests for the club, especially in relation to strikers with Spurs a little thin in this department.

    As has been the case this month so far, this Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News page will seek to keep you updated with all the rumors you should know, as well as the latest news of any confirmed transfers.

Tottenham Preparing to Activate Release Clause of West Ham's Diame?

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    Friday 25th January

    After all the talk about Lewis Holtby being signed ahead of his summer arrival on a free transfer, The Guardian is reporting Tottenham might instead be looking to East London for an addition to their midfield.

    David Hytner's story claims that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is tempted to activate the £3.5 million release clause of West Ham United's Mohamed Diame.

    The same article quotes the Senegal international as saying he is happy at Upton Park.

    It would not be surprising if the prospect of European football and a tilt at the Champions League places changed Diame's mind however.

    Any move for him from Spurs would once more raise the ire of West Ham, with the relationship between the rivals still somewhat frosty following their chase for the Olympic Stadium a couple of years back.

Rose to Remain at Sunderland

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    Wednesday 23 January

    Danny Rose will remain at Sunderland on loan until the end of the season after Tottenham Hotspur's allotted time in which to recall him passed by (as reported by the Hartlepool Mail).

    Given Tottenham's recent signing of fellow full-back Zeki Fryers, the return to fitness of Benoit Assou-Ekotto, and the recent good form of Kyle Naughton, this was somewhat expected.

    It does all combine to suggest Andre Villas-Boas may be willing to let Rose stay in the North East if a satisfying deal can be reached.

    This is not a given of course. Rose has impressed out on loan and may be wanted back in the summer. However the player will likely want to remain somewhere with more chance of starting, and Spurs are not lacking for options at left-back now.

    Sunderland might even considering chancing a bid in January to test the waters at least, but it is more likely Rose's future is now settled until the end of the season.

M'Vila Looks Set for Move to Russia

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    Monday 21 January

    France international Yann M'Vila is close to a move to Rubin Kazan, according to a Press Association story (quoted here by The Independent).

    The majority of rumors surrounding the future of M'Vila and a potential move to the Premier League have revolved around Queens Park Rangers. Tottenham have occasionally (if not substantially) been linked with the Rennes midfielder, so it seemed pertinent to include it here now that a conclusion to his transfer saga seems forthcoming.

    Even with the money in the Russian Premier League, Kazan seems a slightly surprising destination for M'Vila. They currently sit seventh in the league and are not close to the quality of the side that won two titles not so long ago. This may be part of their attempt to get back there of course.

    English newspaper Metro are suggesting Arsenal remain interested, so the pursuit of M'Vila may not be over quite yet.

    UPDATE: Wednesday 23 January

    SkySports.com is quoting Rennes' general manager Pierre Dreossi as saying a bid has come in from England for Yann M'Vila.

    Dreossi would only reveal it was not from Newcastle United. However despite the continued interest from the Premier League he expects a deal with Rubin Kazan to be completed.

    "Also a new offer came in England and that could be interesting but Rubin Kazan is the priority, and we are negotiating", said Dreossi.

    "I expect the player to tell me he has reached an agreement with the club so we can finish the negotiations."

Tottenham in for Celtic's Hooper

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    Tuesday 22nd January

    The scarcity of strikers in the Tottenham squad right now has led to speculation linking the club with a move for Celtic's Gary Hooper.

    The Telegraph reported on Tuesday that Andre Villas-Boas had been in Scotland to watch the forward, amid confirmed interest in him from Norwich City.

    Celtic have made a new contract offer to Hooper which he has yet to accept and may be willing to sell him for a considerable fee this month. Though their manager Neil Lennon will not want to lose one of his goalscorers ahead of their Champions League meetings with Juventus in February.

    Whether Spurs are genuinely interested in a player who is not proven in the Premier League is not clear. Signing him might be considered a gamble in that respect, however Hooper has scored goals wherever he has been.

Spurs "Willing to Take Modric Back"?

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    Sunday 20 January

    The Daily Star is suggesting Tottenham are, along with Arsenal and Chelsea, "monitoring Luka Modric's future at Real Madrid".

    This has been a story that has come up at various times over the last couple of months (and has been discussed here on Bleacher Report) as Modric has struggled to settle in Spain. The article, by Tony Stenson, claims "Spurs would be willing to take him back"?

    At this point there is unlikely to be much chance of Modric departing Madrid before the summer, if at all.

    But still, this is one to keep an eye on. Despite the Croatian's La Liga struggles, he remains a player any Premier League club would be fortunate to have.

    Spurs have fared well enough without him, but should he become available they might be keen to reunite with their former midfielder. If nothing else they may not want to see him end up at one of their rivals.

Holtby to Sign from Schalke Ahead of Summer Arrival?

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    Friday 4 January

    As has been reported and discussed elsewhere on Bleacher Report already today, Tottenham have agreed terms with Germany under-21 captain Lewis Holtby ahead of a summer move, subject to a medical being completed.

    The signing of the Schalke midfielder was announced on the club's official website on Friday afternoon, Spurs' second such announcement in as many days following the capture of Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege.

    Twenty-two year-old Holtby has been a regular in the Schalke squad for a couple of seasons having greatly impressed while previously out on loan at Mainz in 2010-11.

    Although German born Holtby has an English father, leading to much speculation in the latter's press a couple of years back over which nation he would chose to represent.

    He chose the country of his birth, and upon joining Tottenham will be the latest German to play for the club following on from Jurgen Klinsmann, Christian Ziege and current coach Steffen Freund.

    UPDATE: Monday 7 January

    The Daily Mail are among the media outlets reporting Schalke could be willing to negotiate a transfer fee for Lewis Holtby so he can join Tottenham now rather than in the summer.

    Writing for the Mail, Simon Jones quotes the German club's managing director Horst Heldt as saying they would be prepared to sell him £1.6 million.

    Spurs are hardly short for midfield options right now so may opt to wait until they can get Holtby for free. Especially if there are other players they need funds for this month.

    UPDATE: Thursday 17 January

    The Guardian believe that Tottenham and Villas-Boas are now looking to bring forward a deal for Lewis Holtby amid fears Sandro may be out for the season following knee injury.

    The Brazilian would be missed but Spurs are well off for midfielders. Unless Villas-Boas does not want to run the risk of losing anyone else to injury and therefore sign Holtby early, he may stick with what he has got.

    This would mean Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone, two midfielders linked with moves away (as discussed in the Guardian story) would stay in North London for the time being.

Spurs Yet to Declare Interest in Belhanda Says Montpellier

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    Wednesday 16 January

    If Tottenham are interested in Montpellier's Younes Belhanda they have yet to make an approach, so says the French club's chairman Louis Nicollin in quotes from L'Equipe (here via SkySports.com).

    The same sources reported a week ago that the midfielder would cost around £10 million for any prospective buyer.

    Should Spurs meet Montpellier's asking price Nicollin has claimed they would face little hassle in completing the transfer: "If a good offer arrives, he will leave. We can live without him and he can live without us."

    Fenerbahce and Arsenal are two other clubs said to be keeping track of Moroccan international Belhanda.

    Sky Sports are also reporting that rumored Spurs target Josip Ilicic will not be leaving Palermo in January.

    The player's representative Amir Ruznic is said to have told TMW that should Ilicic move on from Sicily he would want "to stay in Italy. Serie A is his first choice."

Spurs Might Still Be Interested in Brazilian Duo

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    Wednesday 2 January

    Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Willian has been frequently linked with a move to Tottenham since Andre Villas-Boas became manager, while their interest in Internacional forward Leandro Damiao has been mooted almost as long as the strategic partnership between the two clubs came into existence.

    According to quotes the Daily Mirror are carrying from Brazil's Lancenet, Villas-Boas has said that despite the difficulties Spurs have had negotiating with Donetsk, "it does not mean we won’t try again".

    It seems unlikely the Ukrainian club will budge in January, but if Villas-Boas is serious about signing Willian you would not bet against his chairman Daniel Levy pursuing a deal.

    (Last month, Bleacher Report's Allan Jiang detailed the reasons he believed this was a rumored transfer that did not make sense—stay tuned to see where, if anywhere, this one goes.)

    Villas-Boas also described Damiao as "a player that is always on our list", an intriguing comment considering Tottenham's long-held interest in him.

    The Brazil international's reputation has grown somewhat since his appearances at last summer's Olympic Games, and now may be as good as time as any to pull the trigger on a potential deal.

    Spurs have previous with Internacional beyond their partnership, having signed current midfield Sandro from them in 2010.

    With Tottenham awaiting an answer on whether Emmanuel Adebayor is going to take part in the African Cup of Nations with Togo there may be an extra incentive to add another striker to their squad soon enough.

    UPDATE: Tuesday 15 January

    London newspaper the Evening Standard was reporting on Tuesday that Shakhtar Donetsk would be willing to sell Willian at a cost of £20 million.

    The Brazilian's lateness in reporting back to training is said to have had the club considering their stance over his future, with the player also interested in a move away.

    Tottenham and Chelsea have both previously been linked with Willian, both clubs will have to decide if they are willing to part with a considerable sum of money for his services this January.

A Quiet Couple of Days, What Is Next for Spurs in January Transfer Window?

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    Monday 14 January

    As we approach the midway point of the month, rumors involving potential Tottenham activity in the transfer market has quietened for the time being.

    Besides a Daily Mail story linking out of favor right midfielder David Bentley with a move back to Blackburn Rovers there has been little of note for a couple of days. The same newspaper reported Tottenham have put a £55 million asking price on Gareth Bale, but this is more likely reasonable guess work of his value than genuine news.

    Spurs have thus far been active primarily in regards to the future, with the signing of young full-back Zeki Fryers and the free transfer of Lewis Holtby who will arrive in the summer. Meanwhile goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini has joined Los Angeles Galaxy.

    It is almost certain that Andre Villas-Boas and his chairman Daniel Levy are keeping an eye on prospective deals for the present, though whether they are able to secure any such signings is not so clear.

    Speculation will likely get going again soon enough. As is often the case do not be surprised if, even for want of trying, any further transfers are not completed until late in the window.

    Things can change quickly in the transfer window so keep checking back on this page for the latest updates of the Tottenham transfer news and rumors you need to know.

Spurs in Talks with Sevilla over Negredo?

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    Friday 11 January

    Despite Villas-Boas telling the gathered media on Thursday that Tottenham were "pretty happy with the options we have" upfront, stories are continuing to circulate of interest in Alvaro Negredo.

    The striker has been linked with several English clubs already this transfer window, but the Daily Mail are specifically reporting Spurs are negotiating a £15 million deal with his club Sevilla.

    Until a deal for someone actually happens it hard to tell whether Tottenham are genuinely after another forward. Given the frequency of reports linking Negredo with a move to England it is interesting Spurs are now said to be in the hunt for his signature.

Villas-Boas Says Damiao Signing Is "Unlikely"

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    Thursday 10 January

    The rumor mill has been in full working order in the last few days as stories linking Leandro Damiao to Tottenham have gone back and forth.

    The Daily Mail was one of several media outlets reporting a Spurs bid for the Brazil international was forthcoming towards the end of last week. By Wednesday they were carrying quotes from Damiao's agent Vinicus Prates indicating his client would not be leaving Internacional in January.

    In an aside in a Thursday story about Emmanuel Adebayor heading to the African Cup of Nations, The Independent stated that Andre Villas-Boas had made Damiao a "priority" in order to strengthen his attack.

    Later the same day in his media briefing (here via BBC Sport) the Portuguese admitted Spurs rated the striker, but deemed it "unlikely that he will play for Tottenham" and that he was happy with his options upfront.

    Considering it was not a categorical denial there still might be movement for Damiao before January is over. But any Spurs fans hoping to see him sign for their club would be advised not to get their hopes up just yet.

Spurs to Lose out to Manchester United in Race for Zaha?

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    Monday 7 January

    Stories over the weekend suggested that Tottenham were the first club to register interest in Crystal Palace's Wilfried Zaha.

    As of Monday morning, one of the same newspapers reporting that has suggested Manchester United may be about to get the jump on them.

    The Daily Mail is suggesting Spurs would be willing to allow Zaha to remain at Palace for the remainder of the season, but that is just one of several points to be discussed in negotiations still to take place.

    Man United are said to be confident of working out a deal to the Championship's club satisfaction, and believe Sir Alex Ferguson will be able to rid Zaha of any doubts about a move up north.

    UPDATE: Tuesday 8 January

    Tottenham's interest in Wilfried Zaha might no be a goer after all, at least according to ESPN FC.

    The website is not revealing much specifically, only that they have "learned that Spurs are not in the market for Zaha, who is valued by Palace at £20 million".

    What is unclear from this piece is whether Tottenham were ever in the hunt for the Crystal Palace winger, or if they have just ended their pursuit.

Tottenham Make Former Red Devil Their First Signing of January

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    Thursday 3 January

    Tottenham Hotspur have completed their first signing of the January transfer window, bringing in 20-year-old defender Zeki Fryers from Standard Liege..

    The England youth international was reported to have been close to moving to White Hart Lane last summer upon the expiry of his contract at Manchester United.

    Issues over compensation saw Tottenham miss out on that occasion but they have got their man this time around.

    The statement on the club's official website said Fryers "will link up with the Club's Development Squad", suggesting it is unlikely he will be involved with the first team in the short-term.

    Spurs certainly have options now at full-back (including Danny Rose, on-loan at Sunderland) on both flanks, with the remainder of the current campaign likely going some way to showing who Villas-Boas' preferred starters in the position might be.

Spurs in for Roma's Osvaldo?

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    Monday 31 December

    Roma forward Pablo Daniel Osvaldo is apparently still the subject of interest from Tottenham, with Serie A clubs Fiorentina and Juventus keen to add him to their ranks.

    Website talkSPORT.co.uk is citing Italian newspaper La Nazione as the source in saying Fiorentina are interested in bringing Osvaldo back to Florence.

    The links with Spurs for the Italian forward are probably nothing more than holdovers from previous rumors linking the two.

    However with only two established strikers currently in his squad, Villas-Boas may be keen to strengthen in this department, ensuring this will not be last rumor involving a forward potentially making their way to North London.

Carlo Cudicini on His Way to Los Angeles Galaxy?

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    Monday 31 December

    On the last day of 2012 and just prior to the official opening of the transfer window, the first action involving Tottenham may involve the departure of one of their most experienced players.

    Goalkeeper Carlo Cudicini is set to make a move to current Major League Soccer champions Los Angeles Galaxy, according to Sky Sports.

    The Italian has served as Tottenham's primary backup goalkeeper since arriving from rivals Chelsea nearly four years ago.

    The signing of Hugo Lloris last summer has pushed Cudicini further down the pecking order, with the news that Brad Friedel had extended his contact with Spurs for another year all but ruling out any chances of match action anytime soon.

    Should the move go through, it will leave Spurs' former first choice keeper Heurelho Gomes in an interesting situation.

    Andre Villas-Boas will probably not want to leave himself with just two experienced goalkeepers in case of injury to one of Lloris or Friedel, potentially leaving the outcast Brazilian on the sidelines for a further six months.

    The prospect of another six months wages (of which he might not better elsewhere now) may appeal to Gomes, but having not played more than a handful of competitive games since the end of the 2010-11 campaign, he may be keen to move on in search of first team football.

    UPDATE: Tottenham confirmed Cudicini's departure on their official website, the Italian heading to America after over 12 years spent in England.

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