Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 18

Sam Rooke@@SamRooke89Featured ColumnistAugust 18, 2014

Tottenham Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of August 18

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    Tottenham's squad is beginning to take final shape. The key signings of Ben Davies and Eric Dier helped smooth some rough edges, and only a few transfer targets remain. 

    Southampton's Morgan Schneiderlin continues to push for a move to Spurs, but Saints are resistant to releasing yet another of their key players. It seems as though that deal will, either way, culminate in the coming days. 

    Spurs have also been surprisingly linked with a veteran striker in whom they've had a long-running interest. 

    Departures seem to be the most likely movements in North London this week, and Lewis Holtby has once more been linked with an exit. 

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

    Last updated: Friday, August 22

Bargain Striker Keen on Spurs Move?

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    Danny Welbeck is reportedly free to leave Manchester United. According to the Independent, Welbeck is now fourth choice striker at Old Trafford and Spurs are poised to snap up a bargain. 

    The Telegraph has also reported Spurs interest and both papers are suggesting a fee of £15 million would be enough to sign the England striker. 

    Welbeck has an ungainly style that sometimes disguises how talented he is. A 23-year-old striker with 26 England caps and a scoring record of one in three at international level would certainly improve Spurs' striking options. He's also intelligent and versatile enough to play multiple roles in Mauricio Pochettino's system.

    Daniel Sturridge was also 23 when he made the move from Chelsea to Liverpool. He found the right coach and the right situation and is now one of England's most effective strikers. If Shane Long is worth £12 million, Welbeck is assuredly worth £3 million more. 

    Spurs' interest was reported as early as April by the Mirror

Spurs Find Musacchio Alternative

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    According to the Telegraph, Spurs have found an alternative to Villarreal centre-back Mateo Musacchio in the form of Sevilla's Federico Fazio. 

    The 27-year-old defender reportedly has an £8 million release clause which makes him a far easier target than Musacchio. He also doesn't have 3rd-party ownership issues that complicated the Musacchio deal. 

    Fazio is only three centimetres shorter than Arsenal's Per Mertesacker. He gets up well and uses his body

    Capable on the ball, Fazio is not over-ambitious and prefers to pass short rather than attempt long Hollywood passes. 

    He would also bring some much-needed experience to a relatively youthful Spurs defence. 

Sandro and Chiriches Heading to Italy?

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    Sandro, also known as The Beast, has been one of Spurs' most popular players for the last few years. Unfortunately, his level of play has been far below the high standards that he once regularly set. 

    After having been left out against West Ham, it seems that Sandro is no longer a certain first-team player.

    He has been regularly linked with a move to Napoli this summer and now the Mirror are suggesting Roma has entered the race. 

    Roma's squad is very deep in midfield but they do need an understudy for Daniele De Rossi so the Champions League qualifiers could find a place for Spurs' Brazilian. 

    Napoli need a tough, aggressive defensive midfielder and Sandro fits the bill. As the Mirror point out, Marouane Fellaini's injury means they need to find a new target. Rafa Benitez seems to be a fan and Sandro would surely prefer to move to Italy and play regularly than be a reserve in North London. 

Spurs to Finally Seal Incredibly Long-Term Target?

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    The Daily Express suggest that Spurs are back in talks with Samuel Eto'o, one of their longest-running transfer targets. 

    Former Spurs boss revealed that he had tried to sign the Cameroon striker when he was manager between 2001 and 2004. 

    In the intervening years, Eto'o has scored over 200 goals for Real Madrid, Inter Milan, Anzhi Makhachkala and Chelsea

    Currently a free agent, Eto'o's substantial wages would be affordable for Spurs, and he could prove an excellent addition to Spurs' squad. His reported disagreement with Jose Mourinho could fuel one final season at the top level. 

Schneiderlin Deal Enters Final Stage

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    Tottenham's pursuit of Southampton and France's midfield creator Morgan Schneiderlin has been well documented here this summer. It seems as though the protracted deal is heading towards a conclusion. 

    According to the Daily Mail, Spurs will make one final bid before giving up the chase. Schneiderlin apparently wishes to make the move and reunite with Mauricio Pochettino. While Pochettino is also reportedly keen, it remains to be seen how far he will push to bring his former charge to White Hart Lane. 

    However the Metro, quoting L'Equipe, suggest that Schneiderlin's starting role for Southampton against Liverpool indicates that the Frenchman has accepted his fate and will not be moving this summer. 

Holtby on the Verge of Departure Once More?

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    Lewis Holtby impressed in pre-season and played a role in Spurs' eventual victory against West Ham on opening day. Despite that, he has once again been linked with departure. 

    The Daily Mail are suggesting that Holtby has been made aware that he is surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane. Aston Villa, QPR, Crystal Palace and Leicester are among the clubs supposedly linked with his signature. 

    A player whose popularity outweighs his technical quality, Holtby could realistically be out of first-team contention once Spurs' Belgians return to action.