Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of July 28
Tottenham filled their biggest need last week when they completed a deal for Swansea left-back Ben Davies. They also showed rare foresight in acquiring his Swansea team-mate, Michel Vorm. The Dutch goalkeeper is unlikely to dislodge Hugo Lloris as the No. 1, but he will surely see plenty of action as Brad Friedel's career winds down.
However, Spurs are blessed with considerable depth in central midfield, so it seems unlikely that Schneiderlin will be coming in unless Pochettino can move several players on.
This article will be updated through the week so remember to check back in for all the latest news and rumours.
One In, One Out: Spurs Finally Get Moving in Transfer Market
The signing of Dier, a versatile English-born defender, seems a shrewd one as many English clubs had been reportedly interested. Manchester United and Arsenal, as well as Tottenham, tried to sign Dier in 2010 before he signed a professional deal in Portugal.
The Guardian produced an excellent profile on Spurs' young new defender.
By all accounts, the England youth-international is calm, composed and strong on the ball. He seems a perfect understudy to Jan Vertonghen. At 20 years old, Dier is at a crucial point in his career. He needs to be playing regularly; his versatility will be key. Comfortable at right-back and capable in midfield, Dier could find himself plugging holes in the squad throughout the season.
The departure of Iago Falque to Genoa seems to be a suitable move for all parties. Joining in 2011, Falque was never able to break into the starting XI. Successful on loan spells in Spain, it seemed that he might get his chance under new boss Mauricio Pochettino but a permanent move to Genoa will see him play regularly and earn Spurs a small payday.
Happily, Falque's exit probably pays for Dier's signing.
Double Deal on the Cards
The ever-reliable Simon Peach (PA) has had his ear to the ground throughout the Southampton exodus this summer. He has now revealed that Spurs are on the verge of sealing the signings of Saints pair Morgan Schneiderlin and Jay Rodriguez.
Schneiderlin blossomed in Mauricio Pochettino's system last season and would help the rest of the squad adapt to the new style. At a reported £27 million, he comes at a high price which suggests that chairman Daniel Levy is really buying into Pochettino.
It does come as something of a surprise that Spurs would invest so heavily in a position where there is significant depth. This move seems to indicate that some of Spurs' other central midfielders are on the way out.
Jay Rodriguez is an ideal supplement to Spurs' attack. Although he is recovering from a long-term knee injury, Rodriguez's versatility would be ideal for Tottenham. Spurs are a little shallow in attack so this acquisition makes a lot of sense.
Naughton Leaving in Search of First-Team Football?
When Naughton joined from Sheffield United along with Kyle Walker, he briefly seemed like the more talented of the pair. Making his debut in a pre-season friendly against Barcelona, he showed pace and a real lack of fear on the right flank.
Unfortunately for him, his versatility has seen him often moved to left-back while Walker has developed rapidly. The notion that Naughton could unseat Walker now seems laughable. As a result, a move to Swansea would likely suit all parties.
The emergence of Ryan Fredericks also serves to soften the blow that Naughton's exit may be to Spurs' depth.
Unlikely Griezmann Deal Falls Through
According to multiple reports, including a piece in Spanish newspaper AS (h/t Daily Mail), the deal is all but done, with Atleti boss Diego Simeone speaking openly about his admiration for the dangerous player.
It had been hoped that Spurs might pull off the coup, but Griezmann seems to have opted for Champions League football.
It also doesn't help that Spurs failed to offer a sufficient bid to trigger Griezmann's release clause.
It's a shame that Spurs have missed out on a talented player that would have made them better, but he was never a priority.