Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

Sam RookeFeatured ColumnistAugust 4, 2014

Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 4

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    Tottenham have already concluded some very sensible business this window. The signings of Ben Davies, Eric Dier and Michel Vorm add strength to the squad. Meanwhile, the departures of Gylfi Sigurdsson, Iago Falque and Jake Livermore have left them in profit. 

    For now, Mauricio Pochettino's squad doesn't need much tinkering. However, it seems as though he is keen on adding one player each in defence, midfield and attack. 

    This article will be updated through the week. Be sure to check back regularly for all the latest news and rumours. 

Saints Halt Schneiderlin Deal?

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    Southampton chairman Ralph Krueger has declared that no further players will depart the club this summer. That appears to torpedo any hopes that Spurs had of acquiring Morgan Schneiderlin and his teammate Jay Rodriguez. 

    Despite Schneiderlin's apparent wish to rejoin Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham, Saints have put their foot down and it now seems unlikely that the transfer will be resurrected. 

    This could prove to be simple posturing on the part of Southampton but they have no need to sell, having already raised just shy of £100 million in sales this summer. 

Update: Musacchio Deal on the Rocks?

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    Update: Third-party ownership issues have arisen as a potential difficulty in Spurs' bid to acquire Mateo Musacchio, according to The Telegraph. River Plate, Musacchio's original club, retain 35% ownership rights while his agent also owns a significant share. 

    Sky Sports News have reported that River are insistent on Spurs paying the full €50 million release clause, a sum they are unlikely to offer.

    Telegraph reporter Matt Law suggests that Spurs remain confident of resolving the issues.

    Original story: Reports emerged late last week that Spurs had made a significant bid for Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio. According to the Telegraph, the £17 million deal is now imminent. 

    Villarreal boss Marcelino has even admitted he "expects" the deal to go through, per Goal.com: "In what will be music to the ears of Spurs supporters, he lamented the sale, saying 'the quality and level of [Musacchio] will make it difficult to find a replacement.'"

    Musacchio is a tall, strong defender that would complement Jan Vertonghen's calm and skillful presence.

    His arrival applies pressure to Younes Kaboul and Michael Dawson, one of whom will almost certainly be sold now.

Depay Drops a Big Hint

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    PSV Eindhoven winger Memphis Depay admitted on Sunday that his time in Holland may be coming to a close.

    Per The Mirrorthe Dutch starlet said: "I have done my time at PSV but if nice clubs from big leagues ask, I will think about it."

    The 20-year-old is in high demand. If Spurs are keen, they will have to move quickly. Louis van Gaal, Depay's former Netherlands manager, is believed to be interested in bringing him to Old Trafford. 

    Depay broke on the scene during Holland's World Cup campaign in Brazil but has been an emerging talent in the Eredivisie for several years. As international audiences saw during the tournament in South America, he has begun to add goalscoring to his list of talents. He scored 14 goals last season. 

    Despite his obvious quality, Depay remains a work in progress. He is a raw player and is unlikely to get significant playing time outside of Spurs' European campaign, should he join.