Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 14
Tottenham have yet to really get their transfer action underway as new boss Mauricio Pochettino assesses his squad.
However, the club have already been linked to several new players including Swansea trio Ben Davies, Wilfried Bony and Michel Vorm as well as an audacious move for Atletico Madrid’s Filipe Luis.
This article will be updated through the week so be sure to check back as stories develop.
Remy Coming to North London, Just Not Spurs
Spurs have been linked to Loic Remy since before he joined QPR in January 2013 but seem likely to miss out yet again.
After it was revealed in The Telegraph that Remy would cost Tottenham £3M more than Champions League qualifiers like Arsenal and Liverpool, Spurs appear to have withdrawn from their pursuit of the France striker.
According to Goal.com, Remy's preference for Champions League football finally scuppered the deal.
Spurs Interested in Schneiderlin?
Southampton's France international midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin had been heavily linked to the other side of North London for much of the summer but with their 'imminent' capture of Sami Khedira, they are likely out of the race.
Tottenham's apparent interest in Schneiderlin has also been widely reported. The real question now is whether Spurs actually want the 24-year-old.
While this story makes some sense, he's a strong and versatile midfielder for a team that largely outplayed Tottenham last season (despite losing both matches) and his former manager is new Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino. He was a leader in numerous statistical categories last season and won the Fans’ and Players’ Player of the Season.
With all this in mind, there is little evidence that Tottenham are actually pursuing Schneiderlin and he would be joining the most clogged position in Spurs' team. It seems unlikely that this move will get off the ground. Certainly not before Pochettino has had a chance to thin out the ranks of his midfield with a few sales.
Dawson Delaying Spurs Exit?
Tottenham captain and defensive stalwart Michael Dawson has been heavily tipped for the exit door this summer and now The Daily Mail are suggesting he has demanded a payoff from Spurs to facilitate his departure.
Hull City have been one of Dawson's suitors for some time with manager Steve Bruce apparently an admirer of his rugged approach. The Hull Daily Mail reports that Dawson wants a 4-year deal to move to Humberside but they are unwilling to offer such a long contract to a 31-year-old.
Michael Dawson refused to leave Spurs for QPR in 2012 and, commendably, won back his place in the squad but it seems as if his time at Tottenham is coming to an end.
All Quiet on the Davies Front
The Telegraph initially reported of Tottenham’s £10 million opening bid for Swansea full-back Ben Davies on July 2 but there has been little movement since. According to The Daily Mail, Liverpool are now the front runners for the player's signature.
Already a 70-game Premier League veteran, the 21-year-old Welshman remains a fine candidate to fill Spurs’ problem position at left-back. Statistics fans will enjoy this comparison between Davies and new Manchester United defender Luke Shaw.
Swansea’s signing of Falkirk's Stephen Kingsley was seen as evidence of a willingness to part with Davies, but with three years remaining on his contract, Swansea are not compelled to sell. It will take a significant offer to budge the Swansea chairman, notoriously tough negotiator Huw Jenkins, and Spurs may have moved on to easier targets.
Spurs Looking to Replace Friedel as Number 2 'Keeper?
Brad Friedel has been Spurs' back-up goalkeeper since Hugo Lloris assumed the top job in November of 2012 and performed satisfactorily when called upon. He did so well that he earned a contract extension in June. But the American is already 43 and can't be relied upon in the longer term.
With that in mind, Spurs have turned to Swansea's Michel Vorm, per The Telegraph. Although initially rebuffed, Spurs will likely return to with an improved bid. Vorm earned plaudits during Swansea's first season in the Premier League in 2011-12, but he has since been forced to share the goalkeeping role with Gerhard Tremmel.
Spurs need a new number two goalkeeper and Michel Vorm is a solid, if not an outstanding option. This one really could have legs.