Tottenham Transfer Rumours: 5 Big-Name Summer Targets

Mikhail TurnerContributor IIIMarch 21, 2013

Tottenham Transfer Rumours: 5 Big-Name Summer Targets

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    With a place in the Champions League next season in sight, Tottenham will look to make some big signings once the season is over.

    While a good portion of the London club's summer will be spent trying to keep hold of Gareth Bale, new arrivals are still a necessity.

    If the Welshman leaves, a replacement will be needed. With that being said, Spurs will certainly try to add to their squad rather than only replace players.

    The priority will be the forward line and there may be additions elsewhere.

    Here are five possible big-name summer targets for Tottenham.

     

    *Unless otherwise stated all statistics courtesy of ESPN Soccernet

Joao Moutinho

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    According to the Daily Star, Joao Moutinho has been told that he will be sold this summer.

    Tottenham came close to signing the Portuguese midfielder at the end of the last summer transfer window (via Daily Mail).

    The Porto star played under current Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas during Porto's 2010-11 treble-winning season.

    Spurs still lack a midfielder who can provide the same type of ball-retention skills that Luka Modric did. Moutinho would fit the bill there.

    He would slot in at one of the central midfield spots in a 4-2-3-1 or may play in a more familiar role if Villas-Boas decides to return to his preferred 4-3-3.


Roberto Soldado

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    Valencia has seen many of its top players leave the club in recent seasons, and Roberto Soldado may be next.

    The Spanish forward has been linked (per the Metro) with a move to Tottenham this summer.

    The addition of a striker will be Tottenham's main transfer priority during the summer window.

    Soldado has been an efficient and consistent double-digit goalscorer for Valencia and Getafe before them.

    He has 20 goals in 37 games for his side this season.

Alvaro Negredo

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    Alvaro Negredo is another Spanish forward who will be on Tottenham's radar this summer, but they may face competition from Arsenal (via the Daily Express).

    Negredo would be perfectly suited to a lone forward role in the EPL given his physical tools.

    He and Jermain Defoe could form a fantastic partnership, combining his ability to hold up play and Defoe's movement.

    Negredo has been amongst the goals since leaving Real Madrid. His 21 goals in 34 games this season is nothing new.

Leandro Damiao

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    According to talkSPORT, Spurs could face competition from Borussia Dortmund for long-time target Leandro Damiao.

    Tottenham made moves to sign the Brazilian in the last two transfer windows but came up short both times.

    Bleacher Report's Sam Tighe provides a breakdown of Damiao's playing style and how he could fit in at Tottenham should he join. 

Younes Belhanda

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    The Daily Express have presented Tottenham and Arsenal as potential suitors for Younes Belhanda.

    Adding another creative midfielder may not seem like the best move for Spurs, given the addition of Holtby, but Belhanda's versatility would prove useful.

    The Montpellier player could play in a variety of positions in a 4-2-3-1 and still be effective.

    He's a productive player overall.

    Belhanda currently has 10 goals and three assists in all competitions to follow last season, when he scored 12 goals and had four assists.