Tottenham Transfers: 6 Players Spurs Should Consider Making Late Moves for
The transfer window closes in a week's time, but at Tottenham there is still plenty of work to do.
Spurs finally completed the drawn-out signing of Emmanuel Adebayor on Wednesday, but the Togolese international and Jermain Defoe are the only two experienced strikers in the squad.
Sebastien Bassong's departure for Norwich City and Michael Dawson's imminent exit for Queens Park Rangers also leaves Spurs with fewer senior central defenders than they would like—while the impending sale of Luka Modric to Real Madrid must also be offset with a replacement.
They could also do with a new goalkeeper who can take over the No.1 spot whenever the veteran Brad Friedel finally decides to hang up his gloves.
Here are six players that Spurs could do with signing between now and the summer transfer deadline next Friday.
Securing the services of Adebayor may appear to have the vacancy for big striker filled at Tottenham, but Llorente is too good to be simply pigeon-holed as a target man to lump the ball up to.
The Athletic Bilbao striker may be 6'4", but he has shown over the past few seasons that he is as adept at finishing with his feet as he is with his head.
The time seems right for the Spain international to test himself in a different league and Tottenham's previous interest in him could be a deciding factor in his next destination.
When Steven Fletcher completed his £14 million move to Sunderland today, he replaced Gordon as the most expensive Scottish player ever.
Gordon may have been somewhat overpriced when Sunderland signed him from Hearts for £9 million back in 2007, but there was no questioning his ability.
However, a persistent knee problem and the emergence of Simon Mignolet saw Gordon lose his first-team place and he was released this summer.
Now a free agent, Gordon is still only 29 years old, meaning he would likely be both grateful for the chance to sign for Spurs and patient enough to wait for his time to come once Friedel calls it quits.
While striker Olivier Giroud was the player to see their star rise the most following Montpellier's surprise French title win last season, the striker was not the only key man in that team.
Centre-back and captain Yanga-Mbiwa was just as important to the Mediterranean club's success—if not more so—as the linchpin of Ligue 1's stingiest defence last term.
The 23-year-old has just a year left on his contract and while AC Milan are also in the running to sign him, Spurs could do a lot worse than target him themselves.
The Fulham midfielder has been on a constant upward trajectory since he joined the Cottagers two years ago and has attracted interest from many clubs.
In addition to Spurs, the Belgian has been linked with Manchester United and Real Madrid. It is no surprise, considering how the 25-year-old has shown he is able to fill several different roles to a very high standard.
With just a year left on his current contract, Fulham may be tempted to cash in on the influential midfielder while they still can if Spurs make a big enough offer.
The attacking midfielder is one of the several Brazilians on Shakhtar Donetsk's books who is routinely linked with moves to other clubs which never seem to materialise.
However, Tottenham's interest in the 24-year-old is certainly concrete and he would be a fine addition to the Londoners' squad.
ESPN report Spurs head coach Andre Villas-Boas as saying:
"He is a player that I was interested in last year - an extremely talented player. I wouldn't want to go very deep because I feel it would be disrespectful for Shakhtar, which is a club I have a good relationship with, so the only thing I can tell you is that last year when I was at Chelsea I was interested in the player."
The Internacional striker is another who has long been linked with a move to Europe, with Spurs just one of a long list of clubs touting for his services.
After getting a good look at him as he ended the Olympic football tournament as top scorer, Spurs are reportedly ready to make their interest concrete.
It may take them waiting until January to get him, as Paris Saint-Germain have done with Lucas Moura, but the success of Sandro at Spurs after joining under similar circumstances should ease any concerns on that front.