Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Rumors: 3 Latest Players Rumored to White Hart Lane

Dan Fitch@@DJFitchFeatured ColumnistJanuary 29, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Rumors: 3 Latest Players Rumored to White Hart Lane

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    Tottenham have signed Lewis Holtby from Schalke some six months earlier than originally planned as they looked to address their problems in midfield after Sandro was ruled out until the end of the season.

    Between now and the end of the transfer window, Spurs must also address their injury problems up front. Jermain Defoe's fitness is a concern with a pelvic condition, while Emmanuel Adebayor is away at the African Cup of Nations. 

    With only Clint Dempsey available to cover as a striker, it looks as if Tottenham will be forced into the transfer market before the window closes, but who will they get? We look at the three latest players rumoured to move to White Hart Lane.

3. Leandro Damiao

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    The Brazilian international is the striker that Spurs fans would probably most like to see at White Hart Lane, but is perhaps the least likely to arrive.

    Back in early January, when Emmanuel Adebayor first left for the African Cup of Nations, The Telegraph reported that Tottenham were readying a £15m bid for the Internacional forward.

    Spurs have long been linked with Damiao, but it is possible that his stock has now risen to a point whereby the North London club might struggle to find the resources to sign him. Andre Villas-Boas has admitted that the move was unlikely to go through during January. 

    Damiao was the top scorer at the 2012 London Olympics, conceivably putting his value beyond Tottenham's reach. With only days of the transfer window remaining, it seems that Spurs may have left it too late to sign the Brazilian, in every sense.

2. Gary Hooper

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    A far more realistic target, but one that’s unlikely to get many hearts racing in N17, is Celtc’s Gary Hooper.

    The Scottish Daily Record have reported that Norwich are about to make a third bid for the English striker and that Spurs are also likely to make an offer. 

    A move for Tottenham would be a fairytale come true for Hooper. He was on the books of the club as a schoolboy, only to be released. Hooper worked his way up though non-league football to Southend United and then Scunthorpe, where his goalscoring exploits attracted the interest of Celtic.

    Since joining the Scottish giants, Hooper has hit 74 goals in just 118 games. Such goal-scoring feats in Scotland tend to be viewed with suspicion in England though.

    After all, Hooper's Celtic strike-partner Anthony Stokes has been prolific in Scotland, having failed to make the grade in England. Is Hooper up to the task?

1. Alvaro Negredo

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    Perhaps the perfect compromise between a player that is available to buy and would excite the fans at Tottenham would be Alvaro Negredo.

    The Daily Mail today reports that the Sevilla striker is available for £15m. The Spanish club are thought to have financial issues that could see them come to a compromise deal.

    Negredo is 27 years old and has scored six goals in 12 games for Spain. At club level Negredo has impressed in the Spanish top flight, with both Almeria and Sevilla.

    He certainly has the pedigree to suggest he would be a success in England, but can Tottenham pull off such a deal before the transfer window slams shut?