Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 9

Allan JiangTransfers CorrespondentDecember 9, 2013

Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 9

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Alex Bourceanu

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    Friday, December 13

    Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has been scouting Vlad Chiriches' former club Steaua Bucharest and may sign one of their players.

    "There are a couple of Romanian players who are very interesting, particularly at Steaua [Bucharest], but I cannot mention them for obvious reasons," Villas-Boas said, via talkSPORT. "I think there is always talent coming out of Romanian football. I think it’s always a market that we have to be aware of."


    Who Is AVB Talking About?

    Alex Bourceanu, Steaua's central midfielder and their primary passing outlet, was mentioned by talkSPORT as a possible transfer target.

    Spurs are packed in midfield, so surely he's not a realistic option.

    Perhaps youngsters Nicolae Stanciu and Gabriel Iancu are the players Villas-Boas is referring to.

    However it's more beneficial to their development by playing professional top-flight football in Romania than reserve football in England. 

Alvaro Pereira

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    Wednesday, December 11

    Inter Milan left wing-back Alvaro Pereira could reunite with Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, who coached Pereira at Porto, according to talkSPORT.


    Pereira At Odds With Inter Manager Walter Mazzarri

    Mazzarri believes Yuto Nagatomo and Javier Zanetti are more viable at left wing-back than Pereira hence why the Uruguayan international is being linked with a move away.

    If Jan Vertonghen's ankle injury rules him out for an extended period, signing Pereira on loan as cover is a rational decision.


Jermain Defoe

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    Monday, December 9

    Tottenham Hotspur centre forward Jermain Defoe is unsure of his future and did not dismiss the possibility of leaving.

    "I've heard links with Toronto and West Ham and as we get close to the transfer window you are going to get speculation," Defoe said, via Luke Edwards at The Telegraph.

    "It's out of your hands, sometimes you end up leaving a club where you want to stay and sometimes you get in the team of a club you think you are leaving, you end up playing well and stay."

    The latter option could be what Defoe does.


    Why Jermain Defoe Should Stay

    He has a big advantage over Roberto Soldado in terms of goals this season (five in four UEFA Europa League games).

    Soldado is so devoid of confidence that he did not even score against Tromso despite playing the entire game.

    On another day, Defoe would have scored twice against Sunderland (hit the woodwork on two occasions). In any case, if he gets on a scoring streak in the Premier League, he won't need to share the No. 9 position with Soldado. 


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    Monday, December 9

    Anderson wants to link up with Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas, according to Greg Stobart at

    "The 25-year-old made a beeline for Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas after United's 2-2 November draw in north London to ask about a potential transfer to White Hart Lane," Stobart wrote.

    "[Spurs] have no desire to add the former Porto man to a midfield that boasts Paulinho, Sandro, Mousa Dembele and Etienne Capoue."


    Why Anderson Might Want AVB

    Both speaking Portuguese will be a big advantage.

    Perhaps Villas-Boas will be inclined to give Anderson games as a No. 10, his natural position, as opposed to throwing him into midfield.


    What Anderson Should Do

    He must join a team that will play him in the No. 10 role.

    He should humble himself by signing with Rayo Vallecano, a team that play possession-orientated football.

    Rayo average the second highest possession per game in La Liga at 62.2 percent, and are looking for a talisman like Anderson to help the club avoid relegation.


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