Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 25

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentNovember 25, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of November 25

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    You're reading Bleacher Report's Tottenham Hotspur transfer tracker where you will be updated with all the latest Spurs' transfer news and rumours.

    This slideshow will be updated regularly, so make sure you come back and check the newest information. 


Giuseppe Rossi

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    Sunday, December 1

    Transfer Rumour: Tottenham will bid £30 million for Fiorentina's Giuseppe Rossi, according to Alan Nixon at The Mirror.

    Luxury or Necessity?: Necessity.

    Roberto Soldado is on a five-game goalless run whereas Rossi is in the form of his life after bouncing back from adversity.

    Player Season Summary: Rossi has scored 11 goals in 13 league games this season, including a match-winning hat-trick during a 4-2 win over Juventus.

    Having an immaculate passer in Borja Valero has helped Rossi greatly.

Jermain Defoe

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    Friday, November 29

    Update: According to Sports Illustrated senior writer Grant Wahl, Toronto FC have been targeting Defoe since the start of the month, validating rumours of him leaving Spurs.

    Wahl tweeted: "UK source close to Defoe told me in early November Toronto was offering him $7.6 million/year, which seems like a lot."

    Wednesday, November 27

    Update: Jermain Defoe is set to sign a £90,000-a-week deal with MLS club Toronto FC where he will be managed by former Spurs teammate Ryan Nelsen, according to The Telegraph

    Though, Steve Bottjer at is reporting that Toronto FC officials are not close to signing Defoe:

    For a few hours on Tuesday it felt like Christmas came a month early for Toronto FC supporters.

    That's when separate reports from Italy and England surfaced, claiming that international forwards Jermaine Defoe and Alberto Gilardino were on their way to Toronto FC.

    When contacted by, a spokesperson for the club indicated that reports about the players' impending signings were inaccurate.

    Monday, November 25

    Transfer Rumour: Jack Wilson at the Daily Star reported on November 14, that Jermain Defoe would move back to West Ham United this January.

    This rumour may gain traction because the previously inactive Emmanuel Adebayor was preferred over Defoe as an impact sub during the 6-0 defeat to Manchester City

    Spurs have placed a £6.5 million valuation on Defoe, according to Gary Jacob at The Times (subscription required).

    Luxury or Necessity?: Necessity.

    With Roberto Soldado struggling to score week in, week out, Defoe should be given an extended run as a starter in the Premier League. 

    Player Season Summary: Defoe has started 100 percent of Spurs' UEFA Europa League group games yet that percentage drops to 8.3 in league play. 

    Defoe has scored five times in four Europa League games while Soldado has netted four goals (three from the penalty spot) in 12 Premier League games.  

Alvaro Morata

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    Tuesday, November 26

    Transfer Rumour: According to John Cross at The Mirror, Tottenham Hotspur will ask Real Madrid about a potential loan deal for their highly rated youngster Alvaro Morata.

    About time Spurs take advantage of the partnership with Real and sign one of their players.

    Luxury or Necessity?: Necessity

    Morata has scored more league goals from open play this season (two) than Roberto Soldado (one).

    The other alternative is Jermain Defoe and if he re-produces his league form of last season, 11 goals from 34 games, it isn't going to fulfill Andre Villas-Boas' aims this season.

    This is why signing a world-class prospect in Morata on loan is a situation Villas-Boas should pursue. 

    Player Season Summary: Being Karim Benzema's backup brings a roller-coaster of emotions for Morata.

    In the space of three days in early October, Morata created a goal against Copenhagen and brought Real back into the game against Levante (Cristiano Ronaldo would score a late winner).

    Meanwhile, Benzema was on a seven-game goalless run heading into a game against Sevilla.

    Morata was on the cusps of earning an extended run as a starting No. 9.

    Benzema scored two goals and set up two others in a 7-3 win over Sevilla and hasn't looked back (five goals and four assists in his last five games). 

    Morata will be waiting for his chance, so he's likely to turn down a potential loan move to Real, especially when he isn't guaranteed a starting position. 

Shinji Kagawa

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    Monday, November 25

    Transfer Rumour: Mark Brus at Sports Direct News believes Tottenham Hotspur will bid for Manchester United No. 10 turned auxiliary left-back left-winger Shinji Kagawa.

    Luxury or Necessity?: Luxury.

    While Christian Eriksen will be out for about a month with an ankle injury, Lewis Holtby, Schalke's central attacking midfielder during the first half of the 2012-13 season, is a logical replacement.

    Sure, Holtby had a lousy game against City, but once he gets consistent playing time, he will prove his doubters wrong. 

    So, there is no need for Kagawa at Spurs. 

    Player Season Summary: In seven combined Premier League and UEFA Champions League games, Kagawa has failed to score or create a goal. 

    Manchester United manager David Moyes is shackling Kagawa to a wide role as he is forced to chase opposing wingers and overlapping right-backs. 

    Kagawa is on borrowed time at United because Adnan Januzaj, who has two goals and an assist, is clearly a better option on the left wing. 

Emmanuel Adebayor

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    Monday, November 25

    Transfer Rumour: According to Danny Griffiths at MetroEmmanuel Adebayor will pocket £1.4 million if he stays at Tottenham Hotspur during the January transfer window due to a contractual agreement between Spurs and Manchester CityAdebayor's former club. 

    "Emmanuel Adebayor will bank £1.4 million if he is still at White Hart Lane in February," Griffiths wrote.

    "Turkish club Besiktas have been linked with a move for Adebayor in the new year but, not surprisingly, he insists he wants to fight for his Tottenham future."

    If Griffiths' report is true, then it reduces the chances of Adebayor moving in the January window as he is money-centric (this isn't a criticism of Adebayor because many measure success by your bank account). 

    Just read ex-Spurs manager Harry Redknapp's story (as with any story from 'Arry, it may involve slight exaggeration) via ESPN FC:

    The other week, one of the lads told him [Adebayor] that he had not paid his £50 fine for being the worst player in training on a Friday morning.

    One of the lads said to him: "Bloody hell, Ade, you are on 200 grand a week and you can't afford to pay a £50 fine."

    He [Adebayor] replied: "Don't insult me, it's 225 [thousand pounds]."

    Luxury or Necessity?: Luxury.

    What does Adebayor do for Spurs aside from being flagged offside and picking up pay cheques for contributing little? Nothing. 

    His next destination should be the UAE Pro League or the Qatar Stars League. 

    Player Season Summary: Adebayor has only made one Premier League appearance.

    His "Hey, I'm still here" 45-minute display against Manchester City in a 6-0 defeat for Tottenham won't give Andre Villas-Boas any confidence in replacing Roberto Soldado, who has scored four league goals from 27 shots, with Adebayor. 

    Adebayor lost possession five times against City (tied with Jan Vertonghen) as most in the game for a Spurs player. 

    Jermain Defoe, Spurs' leading goalscorer in the UEFA Europa League (five in four games), is the ideal candidate to usurp Soldado, but you never know with Villas-Boas who could close his eyes and give Adebayor his first league start of the season against Manchester United.

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