Tottenham Hotspur Transfers: Top 5 Deadline Day Targets for Harry Redknapp
If it wasn't for the even more humiliating capitulation of North London rivals Arsenal at Manchester United, Tottenham's own Manchester-induced Sunday nightmare would have felt even worse for the club's supporters.
While the 8-2 demolition of Arsene Wenger's side brought small comfort, it doesn't mask the issues that the Spurs must face up to after a miserable beginning to their own season.
What can be certain is that Spurs boss Harry Redknapp will look to remedy some of his team's ills with some last minute forays into the transfer market before 11pm UK time Wednesday.
Whoever Redknapp can bring in to add to last week's loan signings of Emmanuel Adebayor and Yago Falqué might not necessarily be the answer to some of the tactical and selection questions raised by the losses to United and Manchester City.
But the targets that have been mooted might well be the type of player to bring in the experience and quality that might at least get the Spurs back safely on track before they completely derail.
Here are the top five players Harry Redknapp may be going after in the deadline day rush...
Harry Redknapp has made no secret of his wish for more leadership in the Tottenham squad. Michael Dawson and Ledley King aside, many of the Spurs squad have always given the impression they are confidence players.
It was a big problem Spurs struggled with at the beginning of the 2008-09 campaign, and one that Redknapp's arrival rectified for quite some time. But it seems that managerial motivation can only go so far, and the Tottenham boss evidently feels the need to instill more of it in his talented but increasingly lost team.
Scott Parker divides people as to the level of his overall quality, but what cannot be denied is that he is a perfectly capable and solid Premier League midfielder, who was perhaps the only figure who came close to dragging West Ham United out of the mess they were in last season.
How the Tottenham midfield would be built to accommodate the England international remains to be seen, but Redknapp is clearly hoping that Parker's tenacity and drive will help inspire his team.
This one is a deal that may be done before deadline day (quite possibly in the hours after this article is published), but West Ham are not keen to lose their talisman, so do not be surprised if this is a late one.
Redknapp was very keen on signing Joe Cole before he joined Liverpool in summer 2010. It worked out well for Spurs, as they got Rafa Van der Vaart in the end while Cole struggled for form and then a first-team place at Anfield.
As a result there remains a big question mark over Cole's ability to have an impact in the Premier League, especially considering he is nearing 30 and had injury problems before joining Liverpool.
However, Redknapp is clearly still fond of his old West Ham player and might think the skillful attacker might be able to offer his team some much-needed creativity.
Where Cole would fit in at Spurs is something to wonder. Van der Vaart would not be keen to give up his spot behind a lone-striker in the long term, and Adebayor's arrival might see the team return to two natural strikers up front anyway. Out wide, there is plenty of competition too.
Should Cole arrive, what should not be underestimated is the determination of a footballer who has a lot to prove after a tough couple of years.
The prospective transfer of Lassana Diarra to Tottenham has gone from looking like it was a dead certainty to the player himself deeming it unlikely. The latest word from Redknapp is that club chairman Daniel Levy is working on it.
While things have not worked out quite as well at Real Madrid as Diarra may have liked, he remains a highly regarded midfielder who has proven himself more than capable in the Premier League.
Redknapp clearly feels the Frenchman offers more than Wilson Palacios, who through a loss of form and then more recently injury, has fallen out of favour at White Hart Lane.
Diarra might however struggle when Sandro returns from injury. The Brazillian was Tottenham's breakout player last season, and offers genuine quality in midfield. While Redknapp might like the thought of having the two of them in his squad, Diarra might be put off by the lack of a guarantee of first-team football. The competition for places will be especially high if Parker joins Spurs too.
The 5-1 thrashing by Manchester City made clear than Tottenham need central defensive reinforcements.
While Dawson and King (when fit) are not problems, Younes Kaboul once more displayed a worrying lack of concentration and positional awareness. William Gallas is rarely at his best and his injuries are a cause for concern, while Sebastien Bassong has for some reason fallen out of favour with Redknapp.
Gary Cahill has of course been the focus of interest from Arsenal, but from time to time has been linked with a move to Tottenham. It remains to be seen whether Arsene Wenger will give Bolton the kind of fee they want to even think about letting their star defender go, but Redknapp may well identify Cahill as a player worthy of cajoling a deal upwards of £15 million out of his chairman.
Cahill would enter right away into the Tottenham defence, and has proven himself to be a more than reliable Premier League defensive performer. Because he is only 25 years old, the type of money needed to tempt Bolton wouldn't be too big of a concern for a player who has plenty of years left.
The defence has not been an area Redknapp has specifically indentified as one in need of improvement, but after the City display, it is one he cannot have failed to think about.
This is the unlikeliest of the deadline day deals mentioned here. Could Dimitar Bebatov really end up back with Tottenham Hotspur?
Aside from the wonderful irony of him returning to White Hart Lane virtually three years to the day after he left, the clocks ticking and the country's football media focused on his every move, a move for Berbatov certainly makes sense on Tottenham's part.
While Adebayor should certainly help alleviate the goal drought that Spurs have suffered from for so long, the return of the once-loved Bulgarian maverick would more than just bring in one of the Premier League's best goalscorers of the past five years: it would help bring about a much-needed feel-good factor to White Hart Lane after a dispiriting summer.
Sir Alex Ferguson has publicly stated that he does not wish to sell Berbatov, but should his striker ask for a move he might find it difficult to refuse, knowing he has preferred options in front of him.
Though the prospect of having some involvement in a strongly-performing side is very powerful, the offer of first-team football may prove too tempting for Berbatov.
The interesting aspect of a Berbatov move to Spurs lies in the details of the possible deal. Would United consider possibly loaning him out? Or would Spurs have to spend money, in which case how much would it cost for a 30 year-old who they forced United into spending £30 million for?
An unlikely deal perhaps, but then nobody saw Van der Vaart arriving at Spurs on the deadline day last summer, and look what happened there.