Tottenham Transfer News: 5 Players Spurs Could Go After This Summer
Well it seemed to be an uneventful end to what could have promised a lot more in the January Transfer Window as QPR stole the headlines with their extravagant, if not a little desperate, splash out on new recruits.
And one man in particular who was strangely quiet was Tottenham coach Andre-Villas Boas, who opted to do his business early by securing the signatures of promising duo Ezekiel Fryers and Lewis Holtby, spending a paltry amount of £4 million in the process.
And that got us thinking. Why were Spurs so quiet in the window? Could it be a case of simply not being able to attract the top names to White Hart Lane?
Well, with the club sitting comfortably in fourth place in the Premier League, that's an unlikely reason. No, it must be because a manager as tactically astute as Villas-Boas would recognize that all of the top players will be available for a cheaper price in the summer.
And we've drawn up a rather lovely looking slideshow to present Spurs' potential signings in the summer, that is, of course, providing the young Portuguese coach is still in charge...
Leandro Damiao (Internacional)
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Ever since the Olympic Football tournament was held in London, it's always seemed like Leandro Damiao belongs in London.
A striker with power, pace and finesse shows time and time again why any club would shell out a large chunk of their transfer budget to secure his signature. His frame towers over even the tallest defenders and his physical style of playing would enable him to easily adapt to the Premier League.
A huge asset for both club and country, Damiao claims he was happy to stay for the time being but was flattered by the North London club's interest.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, was the earliest indication yet that another Brazilian could be on their way to London.
Hatem Ben Arfa (Newcastle United)
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Since Luka Modric left for Real Madrid in a £33 million deal this summer, Spurs have somewhat lacked that creative spark the Croatian midfielder provided before his departure.
Signing Mousa Dembele from Fulham for half of that fee was indeed a very shrewd piece of business, but having a designated playmaker in the side is key to creating chance after chance in a game.
Looking at Tottenham's rivals in the Premier League, the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal have Spaniards Juan Mata and Santi Cazorla on their books, while Manchester United tend to center their play around Robin van Persie.
And that's where Hatem Ben Arfa could come in for Spurs.
With Newcastle struggling down in 15th place in the Premier League table, the chances of Ben Arfa playing European football next season are becoming more unlikely every week, with the Magpies 14 points off a spot for the Europa League.
Compare that to high-flying Tottenham, who could be playing in the Champions League next season, and suddenly a move to London is a lot more appealing. They could face competition from Liverpool, who according to The Mirror would be interested in swapping the France international for striker Andy Carroll.
Whether the former Marseille midfielder would be willing to part with the growing French contingent at St. James' Park is unknown, but the 25-year-old would certainly suit the North Londoners if he opts for a summer move.
Joao Moutinho (FC Porto)
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He came close to joining Tottenham in the summer, and it could be that Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho finally makes the move to England in six months' time.
After Spurs chairman Daniel Levy agreed a fee of around £20 million with the Portuguese champions on Deadline Day for Moutinho, the move hit a snag due to the 25-year-old's reported £80,000-a-week wages, according to the Daily Mail.
But it appears that while Andre Villas-Boas made no move for Moutinho in January to sign the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder, they could well swoop and sign him for a similar price in the summer.
However, it could signal the end for one of Tom Huddlestone or Jake Livermore in central midfield should Moutinho arrive, with the English pair struggling to make an impact under Villas-Boas this season.
Alvaro Negredo (Sevilla)
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If Tottenham don't fancy spending £20 million+ on Leandro Damiao, they can be safe with the knowledge that Alvaro Negredo will cost only half that amount.
After playing at Real Madrid for two years, Negredo made his name at Almeria after joining for an undisclosed fee with the La Liga giants including a buy-back fee in the deal. And when they exercised that option they learned Sevilla wanted the towering forward, who paid the best part of £13 million take him to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan three years ago.
In those three years, Negredo has been impressive in leading the line for an underachieving Sevilla side, and has scored 54 goals in 122 appearances for the Andalusian outfit, attracting admirers from the Premier League, with Everton joining Spurs as admirers of the 27-year-old striker.
And with Sevilla's precarious financial situation meaning they need to sell stars such as Negredo and Jesus Navas, Spurs could get the Spain striker for as low as £10 million in the summer. And if they did, it would be a superb signing from Andre Villas-Boas.
Toby Alderweireld (Ajax)
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It's a well-known fact around White Hart Lane that William Gallas' days as a Tottenham player are numbered, and with Michael Dawson still set on a move to QPR, it seems that Spurs could require a central defender to boost their squad depth.
And although the pairing of Steven Caulker and Jan Vertonghen has been solid so far this season, where better to find a replacement for Gallas than Vertonghen's former club Ajax, where his national team-mate Toby Alderweireld plys his trade.
Alderweireld has already admitted he could be tempted to follow Vertonghen to England with Arsenal also said to be interested in signing the Belgian international, according to Sky Sports.
At 23, Alderweireld is a decent talent, with a commanding aerial ability. And with almost 100 appearances under his belt for the Dutch side, he could become a key player for any team that he potentially could sign for.