Tottenham Transfers: 5 Defensive Moves That Could Still Happen for Spurs
With Tottenham Hotspur suffering two brutal defeats at the hands of powerhouse Manchester offenses in their first outings, it seems clear that Spurs are in dire need of some defensive restructuring.
Yet the rumors out of White Hart Lane seem to indicate that Spurs are more interested in offensive midfielders to add to their packed midfield roster.
Have they all gone insane? I certainly hope not.
There are still a few defensive names on Spurs' radar as the deadline approaches, and if Tottenham knows what's good for them, they'll make good on those rumors as quickly as possible.
These are the five defensive acquisitions that could still be finalized for Tottenham before the deadline.
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Sky Sports reported today that Tottenham is supposedly deep in talks with Bolton in order to secure defender Gary Cahill, in a possible cash-plus-player exchange that would see Spurs defender Sebastien Bassong joining Bolton's ranks.
Bolton has been very outspoken about their desire to keep Cahill in their squad, warning they will not be entertaining any "poor offers" for the defender in the dying days of the transfer window.
As Spurs desperately try to repair a back line that conceded eight goals in the first two Premier League fixtures, the price tag may not seem like so much of a concern.
Cahill has been hailed as a key element of Bolton's defense, with his physical strength, outstanding tackling ability and pace.
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It's been a while since the last rumors of Spurs interest in Blackburn's centre-back Chris Samba, but that doesn't mean the deal is still out of the question as the deadline approaches.
Samba has been a quality defensive presence for Blackburn since his arrival in 2007, but was left out of the starting line up on opening day amidst speculation that Spurs would be making a move.
Though the whispers have died down, and Samba has retaken his position on Blackburn's squad, there is little doubt that the Congolese defender would be a vast improvement on Tottenham's defensive lineup.
He sheer size and strength, and overall consistency over the years with Blackburn, have made him a top rumored target for many clubs this summer.
In the last set of rumors, Spurs were reportedly interested in offering Blackburn a cash-plus-player trade including Sebastien Bassong (just like with the reported Gary Cahill deal) to bring Samba to White Hart Lane. It seems Spurs are finally ready to release some of the dead-weight to improve the defensive side of their squad.
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Rumors surfacing out of Barcelona suggest that Tottenham are closely eyeing little-known centre-back Marc Bartra from Barca's reserve squad, and the Spanish giants are supposedly expecting a bid before the deadline.
The young Spaniard has had a limited amount of experience playing with Barcelona's first team, but has featured regularly for their B squad, and is hailed as a potentially great product of the youth program who needs just a little more development before making the first-team cut.
For that reason, Barcelona is adamant about including a buy-back clause in any transfer agreement for the 20-year-old.
While Bartra would certainly be a cheaper option for Tottenham's defensive needs, his lack of experience make him much more of a risk than other potential options, such as Cahill or Samba.
While the risk could certainly pay off in a big way, the first two matches of their season will leave fans wondering whether Spurs really should be taking risks on bargain buys right now?
French under-20 international Gueïda Fofana could be making a move to White Hart Lane before the deadline, as Spurs search for a quality defensive presence in their midfield to help halt the momentum from some of England's top sides. As the past two weeks have demonstrated, Spurs need such a presence as desperately as ever.
Fofana has spent the past two years in France's Ligue 2, with Le Havre AC. He has been a consistent starter for his club, and is believed to be one of the rising midfield stars in his home country, earning him a spot in France's squad for the under-20 World Cup this summer.
This is another potential bargain deal for Tottenham, with the reported price tag for the Frenchman sitting around £1.2 million. Like Bartra, it's a risk that could pay off over time, but it's a risk nonetheless.
If Spurs can't secure a more established and proven defensive presence in the midfield before the deadline, don't be surprised to hear about the signing of Fofana to fill the gap between now and January.
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If Lassana Diarra were to come to White Hart Lane, it would probably represent the single best signing of Tottenham's transfer window. Unfortunately, in recent weeks it has appeared to be the rumor least likely to pan out for Spurs.
Still, Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has insisted that he hasn't given up on the possibility, saying last week that negotiations "haven't broken down. There is still a good chance. The chairman is working on it."
The French defensive-mid is as experienced as Spurs could hope for, having played for Arsenal and Chelsea, and enjoying a successful two-year stay with Real Madrid. He would bring the sort of maturity to the position that younger and riskier signings like Fofana would not be able to provide.
Diarra is the most reliable option Spurs have on the table, so it's a shame the odds are a little more on the slim side with this one than with the others. He is a hard tackler who seemingly never tires, and Spurs would do well to make something happen with him before the deadline.
Here's hoping Daniel Levy has another Van der Vaart caliber move up his sleeve.