According to The Mirror, Tottenham are preparing to unload four players this January.
Those players are star midfielder Mousa Dembélé, Victor Wanyama, Vincent Janssen and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou.
These rumours offer the harsh reality to Tottenham fans as to where their club are at the moment.
On one had, the sale of Janssen and Nkoudou was inevitable, as neither transfer ever took off at White Hart Lane. However, it will be much harder for fans to see the other two players leave, particularly Dembélé. But the truth is that the Belgian has not looked himself this term, and with his contract running out at the end of the season, the club will surely want to get some money out of his departure than see him leave for free.
The 31-year-old has been one of the stars for Spurs over the years, but has looked behind the pace this season and less assured in possession. Tottenham fans may have overlooked his drop in form due to his past success, but it is a reality that he is not the same as he was.
The same goes for Wanyama. The Kenyan was imperious for Tottenham during his first season at White Hart Lane, but last season was ravaged by injury. He has never quite looked as dominant in the midfield since his return, and manager Mauricio Pochettino may be accepting that he will not return to his former standards.
Therefore, while it is a harsh reality for Spurs to accept; that these players have declined, it is clever that they are unloading them now. This not only means that they will not rot in the reserves, but gives the chance to buy in new replacements that can take the club forward.