As the January transfer window inches toward its close, the future of Wesley Sneijder remains unclear.
Despite the fact that Turkish club Galatasaray have reportedly agreed on a €10 million fee with Inter, Sneijder has dragged his feet in accepting the move. The delay tactics are most likely being done with the hope that the midfielder will get a move to the Premier League, where Tottenham and Liverpool have expressed interest.
With just about two weeks remaining in the window, both clubs will need to step up their pursuits if they hope to snag the transfer.
So should Spurs bother going after Sneijder and hijacking the deal?
Of course, there are a lot of factors beyond on-field performance that go into any transfer, most notably the transfer fee and the weekly wage.
Looking past the financial side, though, one can see the potential benefits that would come to Tottenham from acquiring the attacking midfielder.
Here are five reasons Wesley Sneijder would propel Spurs into the Premier League's Top Three.
While Inter Milan have suffered a rough two-and-a-half seasons since the departure of manager Jose Mourinho, the talents of Wesley Sneijder have been somewhat forgotten.
To remember how good Sneijder is, one need only look back at his incredible 2010 season: he led his Inter side past Barcelona and to the Champions League title (and a treble), and he followed it up with a stunning performance at the World Cup, where he finished joint top-scorer while leading the Netherlands to the final.
While his form has fallen off in the past few years, Sneijder still has the potential to produce the same kind of wonderful play.
If Spurs could figure out how to get the most out of Wesley, he would be an incredibly valuable asset.
It's not like Tottenham have a long way to go to get into the Top Three of the Premier League.
As it stands right now, Spurs sit in fourth in the league—just one point off of Chelsea's pace in third (though the Blues have a match in hand).
Hence, it's not like Tottenham will need a huge push to break through one of the top clubs.
With what Sneijder brings to the table, he could definitely provide the spark necessary to push Spurs into the Top Three.
Back in 2010, the best year of his career, Sneijder played almost the same role at Inter Milan and the Netherlands: he sat up behind a center striker with two wide players on his sides and two central defensive midfielders behind him.
The linking play Sneijder was able to produce was fantastic for both teams as he led them to great heights.
Obviously, it would be fantastic if Spurs could implement a similar system, allowing the Dutchman to fit right in.
Luckily, Spurs' current setup needs hardly any tweaking to look very similar to the ones that Sneijder played with at Inter. This shouldn't be too much of a surprise, as current Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas was an assistant under Jose Mourinho at Inter in 2009.
With Emmanuel Adebayor leaving for the African Cup of Nations, Sneijder would merely take Clint Dempsey's typical central role, sit behind center striker Jermain Defoe with Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon on the wings and have Scott Parker (or Sandro) and Mousa Dembele for cover behind him.
The only clear difference between this and the other teams would be in the defensive midfielders, as Dembele is more attack-minded. However, this seems like an attractive twist, as Dembele could hold up the ball, provide a link from the back and start his runs from a bit deeper.
As long as every player would be on board with it, this lineup could be very successful.
Through the first 21 matches of the Premier League season, Spurs' weak areas have become abundantly clear.
In central defense, the club has been hit with injuries and inconsistent play. Just look at William Gallas' horrendous match against Chelsea for proof.
Further, Tottenham have conceded the most goals during the final ten minutes of matches in the Premier League.
Finally, past their deadly counterattack and pure talent, the side has lacked a creative edge in the final third.
For evidence of this last problem, one need look no further than the club's last match with QPR, where they were unable to break down the defensive opposition.
Now, by itself, that match doesn't say much. After all, it's hard to get past a side that is parking the bus (just ask Barcelona). However, this wasn't the first time this year that Spurs have struggled to find a goal despite dominating play, a trend that might be traced back to the sales of Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric.
Yes, Spurs have scored in every match, but one cannot help but think that their goal scoring could be even better given their possession and deadly options up front.
This is where a player like Sneijder could help, facilitating the attack and picking defenses apart with his guile.
Tottenham's attack is very good now, but Sneijder could make it even better.
One of the best things about a player in Sneijder's position is the chip on his shoulder.
Just a few years after a 2010 season that some still believe should have earned him the Ballon d'Or, Sneijder's stock has suffered on a struggling Inter side.
Now, after links to the likes of Manchester United and Real Madrid is past windows, he is very close to being forced into a move to Turkey. (No disrespect to the Super Lig, but it's not quite the same prestige as those other sides.)
This leaves the 29-year-old Dutchman with a point to prove: that he is still one of the best players in the world and can cut it in any side.
That kind of motivation makes him a good possibility for an ambitious side like Spurs.
While these are some good reasons why Wesley Sneijder would be a good buy for Tottenham, there are always two sides of the coin.
While his transfer fee might be somewhat of a bargain given his rift with Inter, his weekly wage will be quite high. Further, his experiences on the Netherlands suggest that he might have the potential to cause disruptions in the locker room.
Hence, it might not be too great of an idea for Spurs to take a risk on Sneijder, especially given their fine form at the moment.
Then again, it may be a bit hard for an ambitious club like Tottenham to pass up a world-class player that they can get for a relative discount.
While the decision to bring Sneijder in to White Hart Lane could go either way, there's no doubt of what he would bring should Spurs opt for him.
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