Andre Villas Boas will be looking to reinforce his midfield following the loss of Luka Modric with a surprise move for defensive midfielder Nir Biton being reported. But is he what Tottenham need?
The Israeli international, 20, has been attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City, including a trial stint with them over the summer, but it appears that North London is set to be his final destination. With his current club FC Ashdod owner Jacky Ben-Zaken flying to London to discuss the deal in further in details, including work permit issues.
After two years of trying to force a move out of the club, Modric is set to complete his move to Real Madrid for a reported £27 million pounds, leaving Spurs with a decent chunk of money to spend on strengthening the squad. However, the signing of Biton, while productive in the long term for Tottenham, is not what they necessarily need.
It seems that anyone who takes charge of Spurs decides that strikers are no longer needed in a football team. With only Jermaine ‘constantly offside’ Defoe and a very young and inexperienced Harry Kane providing the forward line for AVBs team this season so far, chairman Daniel Levy should be looking at providing those funds for the two key areas of the team that Spurs need to reinforce, a striker, and a keeper.
Spurs midfield is packed enough without the signing of Biton and the loss of Modric. Sigurdsson is the perfect replacement already, and at 22, is only two years older than Biton and already a proven premier league midfielder.
The likes of Athletic Bilbaos Llorente is refusing to sign a new contract and would be the perfect striker for the likes of Bale and Van Der Vaart to feed balls to. Even a cheaper option in Arouna Kone, who recently joined Wigan, would have been a viable option, and if desperation calls for it, Michael Owen is still seeking a new club to revive his career.
There is also the problem with their goalkeeping options. Brad Friedel is only a few years off attaining his pension and talking about the good old days, Gomes is a liability, and Cudicini has dropped off the pace dramatically the past few seasons.
The likes of Lloris, Mandanda, or Cesar would be crucial signings to provide Spurs with a staunch backline guarded by a younger, athletic goalkeeper. Instead of Tottenham attempting to strengthen an already packed midfield, it’s the goals going in and the goals staying out that needs to be attended to the most.
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