With just a few days left until the transfer window shuts until January. Tottenham Hotspur have outlined a number of players they wish to bring to the club to bolster their season prospects.
This list includes; Willian, Moussa Dembele, Joao Moutinho, Yann M’Vila, Hugo Lloris, and Leandro Damiao as the prime targets. But even with the imminent departure of Modric to Real Madrid, Spurs will not be able to find funds for all these players. Tottenham boss Andre Villas Boas is searching for two midfielders and a goalkeeper, and a striker should Defoe be sold.
So which players will Tottenham Hotspur sign? And what would their impact be should they sign?
- Willian – Shakhtar Donetsk
A risky signing if his services are attained due to the hit and miss nature of Brazilians plying their trade in England. however Willian has proven in European competition with Shakhtar that he can play the brand of football AVB is desperate to bring to the club.
With five goals in 27 appearances for the Ukrainian side last season, Willian looks would be set to plug the gap left by Modric in the attacking midfield role, playing either alongside Sigurdsson or allowing the him to drop a bit further back.
The only roadblock seeming to be his valuation of £20 million plus by Shakhtar, acquiring Willian would take a significant chunk of Tottenhams transfer budget, leaving them short to strengthen the team further.
- Joao Moutinho – Porto
One of Portugal’s brightest talents, and who still hasn’t entered his prime at 25 years old. Moutinho would bring nothing short of world class attributes to Spurs midfield. Having also had the advantage of working under Boas during his time at Porto, Moutinho would be a marquee signing for the North London side.
Able to operate anywhere in midfield, Moutinho presents a great all around option for Tottenham with his versatility and renowned skill. This unfortunately for them, reflects in his price tag. Valued at £25 million by the Portuguese side, he would most likely remove all the money received from the Modric sale, leaving Spurs unable to add any more players without further departures.
- Moussa Dembele – Fulham
Should they be unable to match Portos valuation for Mountinho. Tottenham will most likely go for the cheaper alternative in Fulhams Dembele, with the Belgian attracting the interest of top clubs all summer. With his reduced price tag and proven Premier League experience, Dembele would represent and instant impact option that Spurs would be ill afford to miss out on.
- Yann M’Vila – Rennes
One of Frances brightest young talents, M’Vila has proven himself to be an astute defensive midfielder for both club and country. With a similar tough tackling style to Newcastle United’s Cheick Tiote, the Rennes star would provide a steel wall in front of a Spurs defence which looked extremely shaken during the second half of last season.
Should he be able to emulate the performances of his international compatriot at Tyneside, Yannes M’Vila would be a fantastic signing for Tottehnham, and with Rennes announcing that he has played his last game for the club, it appears a transfer may be imminent.
- Hugo Lloris – Lyon
A transfer that has been debated nearly all summer, Tottenham have been desperate to improve their ageing goalkeeping line with a young, but highly talented goalkeeper. Lloris fits the bill perfectly. He is the France national teams captain, and the number one goalkeeper for one of Frances best teams. To top it off, he is merely 25 years of age, his best years far ahead of him.
The likelihood of him joining though is still up in the air. Spurs are unwilling to match Lyons £20 million price tag for their prized asset, due to their need to improve other areas of their squad as well.
However, for this price, they will get getting a keeper of unparalleled youth and quality, who similar to De Gea for Manchester United, would represent Spurs as first choice goalkeeper for possibly over a decade. Money well spent, should they give into Lyons demands.
- Leandro Damiao – Internacional
Considered one of Brazils brightest young talents to emerge in recent years, and with rumours of Jermain Defoe rumoured to be leaving White Hart Lane. Damiao, similar to Willian, would represent a risky purchase for Tottenham Hotspur. His undoubted talent, like so many South Americans before him, unsuited for the physical approach of the Premier League.
His price tag is also an issue, even if Defoe were to leave, Internacional rate him highly at £25 million. A hefty sum for a player who could either be a Tevez, or a Robinho.
However, despite his high price, Damiao is an undoubted talent that could prove to be a revelation for Spurs. With 14 goals in 28 games last season for his club. Leandro certainly knows where the net is, an ability that Spurs were certainly lacking last season, only Adebayor managing more than 15 league goals.
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