How Will Tottenham Look To Bolster Their Squad In The January Transfer Window?

James WillisAnalyst IDecember 4, 2010

How Will Tottenham Look To Bolster Their Squad In The January Transfer Window?

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    Every transfer window there is no shortage of rumours, particularly not at Tottenham and especially not when Harry Redknapp is involved.

    After calling his team genuine title contenders, and having made the signing of the summer in Rafael Van Der Vaart, this January transfer window looks as if it will be no different than any other at White Hart Lane.

Karim Benzema

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    One of the more exciting rumours for Tottenham fans, French international Karim Benzema is apparently one of the names on Harry Redknapp's shopping list.

    The Real Madrid striker has not been able to earn as much playing time as he might have liked at the club and as a result could be looking for a move.

    Although many bigger clubs may also be interested, Redknapp is not afraid to battle with the big boys for someone's signature, especially now that Tottenham are in the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Yoann Gourcuff

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    Another midfielder could be joining the already fierce group at White Hart Lane. Although many teams would love to have a midfield that consists of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Rafael Van Der Vaart and Aaron Lennon, Harry Redknapp appears to want to boost that even more.

    At 24, Gourcuff has not fulfilled all his expected potential although he still has enough time to do so. More first team football under a manager known for getting the best out of his players may appeal to the Lyon playmaker.

Andy Carroll

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    A man that needs no introduction to English fans this season, Carroll made his England debut against France recently and was one of the few players who particularly impressed.

    His form so far this season has lead to him being linked with many clubs, despite him saying himself that he wishes to remain at Newcastle.

    The youngster looks to have a bright future but just where that future will be is anyone's guess. Newcastle look set to hold onto him despite growing interest though.

Lassana Diarra

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    Another Real Madrid midfielder who has fallen down the pecking order at the club has caught the eye of Harry Redknapp, this time being Lassana Diarra.

    His aggressive style could come in helpful for an already very skillful Tottenham midfield and rumours would suggest that appeals to Redknapp.

    This is one of the more popular rumours that has been floating around, although he would no doubt also face a fight to get into an already strong Spurs' midfield.

Scott Loach

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    The young Watford goalkeeper who has already earned his first call up to the England squad has been linked with Tottenham in the past.

    Loach made the sensible decision to stay with Watford to ensure first team football during his development, and with Tottenham now having both Cudicini and Pletikosa to back up Gomes, this transfer looks to at least have been put on hold temporarily.

    Perhaps later the move may seem more realistic than it currently does. Loach may also however have attracted the interest of other Premier League clubs.

Gary Cahill

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    With Ledley King's knee injury finally taking its toll on the defender and Jonathan Woodgate's long term injuries continuing, the Tottenham back line has been particularly weakened this season and has been their greatest weakness.

    Younes Kaboul, Michael Dawson and Vedran Corluka have also all suffered from injuries this season, and so Redknapp is expected to again be looking to bolster his back line.

    Gary Cahill has been quietly impressive for Bolton Wanderers over the last few seasons and could be just the answer Redknapp is looking for.

And on Their Way Out?

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    Robbie Keane looks set to leave Tottenham after falling down to fourth in the strikers pecking order behind Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko.

     

    Giovani Dos Santos may be another player to leave White Hart Lane this January despite having had a great summer at the World Cup. The youngster has never really been able to find his feet at the club.

     

    Niko Kranjcar has been the biggest victim of Gareth Bale's stunning form, and has seen very little playing time so far this season. Tottenham may look to sell him for first team football this January and instead use Van Der Vaart and Danny Rose as the back up left wingers.

     

    David Bentley has had a difficult time at Tottenham, especially recently, and will perhaps be looking to move on to a club which will give him more first team opportunities.