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Russians Stump Up £9M For Seemingly ‘Unwanted’ Midfielder

If you buy into just a third of the rumours that pass through this place on a daily basis, you would find it difficult to see how Spurs could get under the 25 man squad size next season, they’d have to sell a job lot of players if they all came to fruition!

Obviously this won’t happen as the vast majority are just scurrilous rumours, however today we do have a possible story involving a player leaving White Hart Lane, that man is Niko Kranjcar.

Kranjcar, who spent the early part of his career playing in his native Croatia for Dinamo Zagreb and then Hajduk Split, left his homeland in October 2006 when he moved to the Premier League and signed for Portsmouth in a deal worth £3.5million.

He went on to become the lynch pin of their side was behind many of the good things they did during their ‘good days’, it wasn’t long before he was linked to bigger clubs and after Pompey were relegated his former manager Harry Redknapp took him to Spurs for the unbelievably cheap sum of £1.5million.

The Croatian however has found games difficult to come by at White Hart Lane, coming towards the end of his second season he has appeared in less than 35 Premier League games for the club.  When he has played, he has performed well and recently won a couple of games for Spurs which looked like it may lead to a return to the starting line up, however the recovery of Gareth Bale has hindered that opportunity.

With starts at Spurs looking no more likely to come at the moment, it is today reported that Russian side Spartak Moscow have identified the midfielder as the perfect addition to their team.  Moscow are about to launch a massive spending spree to put them back on top of Russian football, they signed Aiden McGeady last Summer and they hope to make Kranjcar their star signing this time around by offering Spurs £9million.

Clearly a good player, the Croatian isn’t quite good enough to force his way into the Spurs side, with Gareth Bale recently signing a new contract opportunities down the left wing will remain few and far between, and centrally Spurs have a plethora of players who are currently better than Kranjcar, it would appear that he is fast becoming more of an impact substitute rather than good enough to start.

A player of his quality will obviously be frustrated being used as cover and as a player to come off the bench, however it is understandable why Harry Redknapp has deemed him to be that.  I think if Spurs were offered £9-£10million they would be crazy to not take it, and as for the player, he may prefer to be playing in a more glamorous league, but at this point he will probably just want to guarantee himself as a certain starter at a new club should be move.

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