Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 6
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Thursday, January 9
"It is expected that Defoe will agree a deal worth around £90,000 a week," Wilson wrote. "Tottenham will be paid around £6 million for a 31-year-old player who has only 18 months remaining on his contract."
Wilson added: "It is also likely that Tottenham and Toronto will agree a loan-back option that will mean Defoe remains at Spurs until the middle of March before travelling to Canada ahead of the start of the MLS season."
Defoe will be earning Premier League wages playing in the MLS, a developing league.
Tip of the hat to Defoe and his agent for negotiating such a financially lucrative deal.
Update: Wednesday, January 8
Erik Lamela wants out, according to his father.
"He would go back to Italy," Jose Lamela, Erik's father, said as per The Sun (h/t Football Italia). "But Tottenham will not let him go in January. Lazio? I don't know anything about that rumour. Would he go there after playing for Roma? I don't know."
Monday, January 6
Lazio would be a controversial destination for Lamela after the Argentine rose to prominence in the Italian capital with AS Roma, the club's intercity rival.
Inter, on the other hand, would make for an unusual pairing. The Nerazzurri play a 3-5-2 formation—as a wide forward, where would Lamela play?
Monday, January 6
Tottenham Hotspur are one of several Premier League clubs looking to sign Lille's Salomon Kalou should he be interested in a return to England, according to Samuel Stevens at The Independent.
In a 2-2 draw against Paris Saint-Germain, Kalou played up front and did well with limited service.
He converted a penalty, and it was his pass which led to Rio Mavuba scoring.
With six goals in 19 games, though, Kalou isn't exactly setting the league alight.
On paper, at 28 years of age, it doesn't seem like it would be a smart investment to sign him.
When he was at Chelsea, he seemed content to not do much while earning a lot.
He isn't the type of player Spurs need moving forward.