Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumors Tracker: Week of July 8

Thomas CooperFeatured ColumnistJuly 8, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumors Tracker: Week of July 8

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    Tottenham Hotspur buying Brazil international Paulinho last week was good for two things.

    Andre Villas-Boas made a strong addition to his squad, that is the obvious one.

    It has also allowed this writer—when introducing this weekly Tottenham transfer tracker—to stop having to come up with creative ways of saying Spurs still had not signed anyone, .

    Instead, we now wait to see who will be the subject of Spurs' second foray into the transfer market.

    Not to mention, finding out who will be joining Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall in heading out of the White Hart Lane exit door, either on loan, like that duo, or permanently.

    Make sure to check back here throughout the week for all the latest news and rumors relating to Spurs' transfer activity.

    LAST UPDATE: Sunday, July 14

Trio on the Verge of Spurs Exit?

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    Sunday, July 14

    The Sunday People's Dave Kidd and Dean Jones report that Tottenham are having difficulty selling Emmanuel Adebayor.

    Besiktas' generous offer has been deemed suitable on all levels except for Adebayor not appearing to be keen on leaving for Turkey.

    Meanwhile, The Mirror's Matt Law suggests West Bromwich Albion are interested in signing Clint Dempsey, with Spurs possibly willing to sell the American.

    The combined cost of Spurs' asking price and his wage demands could prove too expensive for the Baggies, though.

    Friday, July 12

    The Mirror's Simon Bird has followed up on yesterday's story in the Sunderland Echo (see below) with the suggestion that Tom Huddlestone "has been given permission to talk to Sunderland after a £5million fee was agreed."

    This one looks like it might be moving closer to completion, but we have read that before this summer!

    Thursday, July 11

    In an exclusive in the Sunderland Echo, Graeme Anderson reports that Sunderland "are closing in on the signing of £5million-rated Tottenham midfielder Tom Huddlestone."

    Last month, the same newspaper was the first to suggest interest from Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio in Huddlestone.

    Since then Spurs have signed Paulinho, further pushing Huddlestone down the midfield pecking order at White Hart Lane.

    Scott Parker could also be moving out of North London, though not quite as far as his teammate as it is two London clubs who are pursuing him.

    The Mirror's Darren Lewis reports that Queens Park Rangers are stepping up their interest in Parker, with owner Tony Fernandes eager to make the transfer happen.

    Lewis also believes Parker's former club West Ham United are keen to bring him back to Upton park. Any potential return could only be on loan, however.

    According to the Daily Mail's Simon Jones, Besiktas have agreed to match Emmanuel Adebayor's wages, ahead of a possible move to Turkey for the striker.

    Adebayor is said to still be uncertain about leaving Spurs.

Benteke Speculation Heats Up

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    Saturday, July 13

    The Daily Telegraph's John Percy writes that Tottenham are "to table an opening bid of £20 million for Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke next week."

    Though this comes under Villa's reported £25 million valuation for their striker, Percy suggests Spurs feel they can convince the Birmingham club to lower their price.

    Ironically, Spurs' attempts to get the under-contract Benteke for cheaper than he is valued, comes in a summer in which they have been staving off similar tactics from Real Madrid for Gareth Bale.

    As Spurs have stood firm over the Welshman, Villa will not let their prize asset go easily either.

    Nor should they.

    Wednesday, July 10

    Rumors of Tottenham interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke are gathering pace after the player handed in a transfer request on Monday.

    The Guardian's Stuart James reports that the Midlands club is standing firm over its asking price of £25 million for the Belgian.

    Potentially complicating the issue for Spurs is—as the London Evening Standard's Simon Johnson reports—interest from Chelsea.

    As Johnson notes, though Benteke would cost Spurs a lot more than their previously rumored target David Villa, "unlike Villa, who was asking in excess of £150,000-a-week, Benteke will command around half that figure and still have possible sell-on value."

    There is a lot to weigh up for Spurs right now. They want and need a new striker, and if that happens to be Benteke, securing a deal may not be easy.

    Elsewhere, The Mirror's John Cross is talking up interest from Queens Park Rangers in Spurs midfielder Scott Parker.

    This follows on from a similar story in the Daily Mail last week.

Real Still Pursuing Bale This Summer?

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    Friday, July 12

    A report in Marca last week suggested Real Madrid had given up their pursuit of Gareth Bale, at least for the summer.

    The Daily Star's Paul Brown believes that might not yet be the case, and that the Spanish club will "will not give up on signing Gareth Bale this summer until the transfer window finally slams shut."

    Brown quotes a source close to Real president Florentino Perez saying as much, while reiterating Bale remains their "top long-term priority."

    The situation seemingly remains unchanged from Tottenham's perspective.

    They have no interest in selling their star player, and made that much clear when they featured him in their launch of their new kits earlier this week.

    The same newspaper is among several also reporting that Spurs defender Bonghani Khumalo is set for a season-long loan move to to Ipswich Town.

Tottenham Targeting Chadli and Opare?

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    Thursday, July 11

    Tottenham are reportedly looking to add to the Belgian ranks in their squad with a move for FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli.

    The Mirror's Darren Lewis reports that a £6 million bid from Spurs has already been rejected by the Dutch club.

    In the same story, Lewis writes that the Premier League side are also targeting Standard Liege full-back Daniel Opare.

    The Ghanaian defender is quoted as saying "if I get the chance to play for a team like Tottenham I will take it".

    A move for Dinamo Zagreb's Alen Halilovic may be over, though.

    Last week The Mirror suggested he was a target of Spurs', but they now believe the club have balked at the Croatian's demands.

    The Daily Mail's Simon Jones suggests it is Zagreb who have pulled out of the deal.

Spurs Close to Completing Villa Deal? No He Is Going to Atletico Madrid!

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    Wednesday, July 10

    Just a note on the Jese Rodriguez story from earlier this week (see below). The Daily Star's Paul Brown reports that the player is looking like staying at Real Madrid for the time being.

    Monday, July 8

    So much for Spurs being close to signing David Villa.

    Barcelona announced today on their official website that they "have reached an agreement in principle for the transfer of David Villa" to Atletico Madrid.

    It is not year clear how far down the line Spurs were in negotiations with the Spain striker, if at all.

    Regardless, should Villa to Atletico happen as is now expected, the Premier League club's attentions will turn elsewhere.

    Monday, July 8

    The Mirror's Darren Lewis believes Tottenham could complete a deal for Barcelona's David Villa "as early as this week."

    Lewis reports that Spurs have "reached an agreement in principle" with the striker but are still negotiating a transfer fee with his club.

    The same article also suggests Spurs could be interest in Real Madrid winger Jese Rodriguez.

    Twenty-year-old Rodriguez has been a regular for the club's B team and also featured for Spain in their Under-20 World Cup campaign this summer.

Pritchard Joins Swindon on Loan, Byrne Permanently

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    Tuesday, July 9

    Following on from their capture of Massimo Luongo and Grant Hall on loan last week, Swindon Town have again gone to Tottenham to add further to their ranks.

    Attacking midfielder Alex Pritchard will be joining his Spurs teammates on a season-long loan with the League One club.

    The 20-year-old was one of Spurs' standouts in last season's NextGen competition. A loan spell at Peterborough United was hit by injury late in the campaign, though this summer he was one of England's more impressive players in their brief Under-20 World Cup campaign.

    Loaning Pritchard to Swindon, along with the aforementioned players, is a potentially smart move on Spurs' part. As well as giving them each the chance of experiencing competitive football, doing so with some familiar faces may aid their progression.

    Spurs have done something similar in the past. During the 2010-11 season, they loaned Tom Carroll, Harry Kane and Paul-Jose M'Poku to Leyton Orient.

    Swindon's permanent signing of defender Nathan Byrne was also confirmed on Spurs' official website.

    The defender spent time on loan at the County Ground last season, and BBC Sport reported in April that a full transfer was on the verge of completion.

Monaco Want Villas-Boas?

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    Monday, July 8

    After being heavily linked with Paris Saint-Germain last month, the Daily Mail's Matt Barlow is reporting Monaco are now eying up the Tottenham manager.

    Currently managed by another former Chelsea boss in Claudio Ranieri, Barlow writes that Monaco see Villas-Boas "as a long-term successor" to the Italian.

    Villas-Boas seemed to confirm last month that he was happy to remain at Spurs. Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports carried quotes from Portuguese newspaper A Bola, in which Villas-Boas described the North Londoners as "the club that allowed me to return to the Premier League and I feel good there."

    PSG eventually opted for Laurent Blanc as their new coach, but it showed that Villas-Boas is thought of very highly outside of England.

    It is likely little more than coincidence, but Monaco have spent heavily to bring in three of Villas-Boas' former Porto players this summer—Radamel Falcao, Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez.

    The Spurs coach was also present at the Formula One Monaco Grand Prix in May.