Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp will step up his efforts to sign a central defender in the January transfer window according to The Guardian and Portsmouth stopper Younes Kaboul and Palermo’s Simon Kjaer are both possible targets. Long-term fitness problems for Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate have forced Harry’s hand as he has been left with just Sebastien Bassong and Michael Dawson as his two fit centre backs, with even emergency cover in that position Tom Huddlestone also out. So a possible return to White Hart Lane could be in the offing for Kaboul, whilst Kjaer continues to attract interest from various Premier League clubs.
A concerned Redknapp told The Guardian that:
“If I’ve only got two centre-halves and Ledley’s long-term, it’s going to be a problem, we’ll have to look at it, for sure. Tom could play there but if he’s injured as well, that is the problem. Wilson Palacios could probably play there at a pinch but you wouldn’t want to go and play 16-17 games with him at centre-half so it’s something we’re looking at again.”
Younes Kaboul is likely to leave Portsmouth this month as the Fratton Park club continues to struggle financially and funds from player sales are desperately needed. Kaboul spent just one season at Tottenham after his £7 million move to White Hart Lane and it is thought that a similar fee would be required for Spurs to acquire his signature from Portsmouth. Another option is Danish youngster Simon Kjaer who has impressed in the Italian Serie A and has a number of potential suitors across European football. The 20 year old has an £11 million release clause at Palermo and he would represent a real coup for Spurs if they could sign him in the near future.