Tottenham Transfers: 5 Midfielders AVB Could Target This Summer
With four matches left for Tottenham to break into the Premier League's top four and book their place in next season's Champions League, it is quite understandable for supporters of the north London club to be focused on the run-in and its potential effects on the future at White Hart Lane.
However, the summer transfer window is also looming on the not-so-distant horizon.
Whether or not Spurs find a way into the Champions League, this summer's transfer activity is sure to be exciting for the club. With many gaps to fill and shakeups to be made, a lot is riding on the decisions manager Andre Villas-Boas will make come August.
While the obvious position the club will need to address is at striker, there is also the prospect of Tottenham making a few interesting moves in the midfield.
After last summer's transfer losses of Luka Modric and Rafael van der Vaart, Spurs have struggled to find that creative spark that the two had brought, especially through the center of the midfield.
The club did add plenty of bodies in the midfield since losing those two, such as Clint Dempsey, Gylfi Sigurdsson, Moussa Dembele and Lewis Holtby, giving them plenty of options in the middle of the park.
Still, it would not be surprising to see AVB look for a creative mastermind this summer and add another midfielder to Spurs' ranks.
So what midfielders should Tottenham supporters watch out for this summer as their club looks to crash the transfer market?
Here are five midfielders Spurs might look to sign in August.
Tottenham have been chasing Joao Moutinho for over a year and look set to once more attempt to bring the Porto midfielder to White Hart Lane.
Manager Andre Villas-Boas knows Moutinho well from his time at Porto, where the midfielder led AVB's side to the Europa League title in 2011.
Despite the manager's support, though, Spurs were unable to come to terms on a deal with Porto last summer.
However, Spurs' chances of landing Moutinho have recently taken a boost, as Express reports that the Portuguese player will leave Porto this summer.
One would expect Villas-Boas to be interested and push Spurs to make an offer.
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As the Daily Mail has reported, Tottenham are lining up a summer bid for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song.
Spurs fans will know Song well, as he played six seasons on the other side of north London for archrivals Arsenal.
Since leaving the Gunners, though, Song has been under-used at Barcelona and seems to be disillusioned with his role at the club.
After he left the Emirates on slightly contentious terms, Spurs see an opportunity to grab the Cameroonian and have him go up against his old club.
With Barcelona surely wanting a bit of money for Song, though, the decision to make a bid for him could hinge on Champions League qualification.
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However, Spurs' ace in the hold could be defender Jan Vertonghen, whom they signed from Ajax last season. The Belgian defender is apparently close with his former teammate and is offering support in convincing him to come to White Hart Lane.
With Eriksen apparently stalling on a new deal with Ajax, the path could be open for Tottenham to get the young creator.
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In a strange twist, Spurs could be targeting the same man who caused their undoing in the Europa League this season.
The Egyptian winger was hugely influential against Spurs in their Europa League tie, scoring a vital goal in the second leg to help his side find their way to the semifinals.
With Aaron Lennon seeming to suffer an injury every season and Gareth Bale possibly moving on this summer, Spurs could definitely use an extra winger in their squad.
At just 20 years of age and having won the title of Most Promising African Talent, Salah is certainly worth taking a look at this summer.
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As ESPN reported in January, Tottenham are interested in signing Montpellier midfielder Younes Belhanda.
The 22-year-old has been making waves for the past few seasons and was instrumental in guiding his club to its first-ever Ligue 1 title last season.
Last week, though, Montpellier made it clear that the door was open for Belhanda to find a bigger club this summer, alerting suitors such as Spurs and Arsenal.
With a valuation of around €10-11 million, one would expect Spurs chairman Daniel Levy to be agog to jump at this affordable option.
Having just gotten a taste for Champions League football this season, though, Belhanda could base his decision this summer off of Tottenham's performance over their final four matches.