David Moyes and Chris Hughton are both looking to strengthen their midfields in the January transfer window. Spurs Croatian playmaker Niko Kranjcar is top of their targets.
Kranjcar made a fantastic impact when breaking into the Spurs first team last season, scoring in a 9-1 thrashing of Wigan and getting a brace in a 3-0 win over Manchester City. This season, however, he has struggled to get regular games, having only played twice in the league. The arrival of Dutchman Rafael van der Vaart has been a big reason for this.
Kranjcar has a good record at Spurs since singing in September of last year. He’s scored six goals in twenty six league games and has had some superb games as a playmaker in the middle of the park.
Everton are favourites to sign him. He turned down a last minute deal to join the Toffee’s from Portsmouth saying: “Everton is also a big club but, in the end, the tradition and greatness of Tottenham made the difference. I also knew manager Harry Redknapp, and Luka Modric and Vedran Corluka told me great things about the club.”
David Moyes is an admirer of the Croatian and is still keen to bring him in. I’ve no idea why though. Everton have a good midfield and don’t really need to add players in that position. They already have Tim Cahill, Jack Rodwell, Mikel Arteta and Steven Pienaar.
Newcastle is also looking at Kranjcar, probably as a replacement for Hatem Ben Arfa who faces a lengthy spell out with a double leg break.
Harry Redknapp would probably consider letting Kranjcar go. As good as he is, Tottenham have a strong midfield and a number of players ahead of him in the pecking order.
I think Kranjcar would probably prefer Everton over Newcastle, though for me Everton would be better off strengthening in other areas.
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