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The ins and outs of a prospective Spurs-Sunderland transfer swap

Redknapp and BruceNews of a potential swap deal involving Tottenham and Sunderland in the transfer window continues to arise as Harry Redknapp and Steve Bruce look to strengthen their squads going into the second half of the Premier League season. Two teams who are suffering different fortunes of late, Spurs and the Black Cats seem to both be taking a fancy to each others players. Whether it is Tottenham’s David Bentley and Alan Hutton, or Sunderland’s Kenwyne Jones and Anton Ferdinand, rumours about potential deal between the two clubs are rife. But who would a swap deal benefit most, and is there any real chance of both clubs getting what they want?

From Tottenham’s point of view it is largely a case of looking to offload some of their fringe players and bring in some real quality replacements. The potential capture of Kenwyne Jones would be a real coup for Spurs providing that they get rid of Roman Pavlyuchenko and have a need for a fourth striker. Jones has the ability to become a top Premier League striker and would provide some competition for Peter Crouch, something the expensive Russian isn’t doing right now. At the right price Jones would be a decent addition for Redknapp, but surely Anton Ferdinand would bring nothing to White Hart Lane. Spurs have an abundance of defensive talent and despite injuries their centre back positions still look strong. Whilst Ferdinand has been linked with a move to Spurs, Michael Dawson has been mooted as possibly going the other way, but that has to be a no-brainer doesn’t it?

Michael Dawson has been showing some of his best form at Tottenham this season and he finally looks to have cemented his place in the team and an England place may even be on the horizon. So Redknapp has no reason to want to part with Dawson, but he wouldn’t think twice about selling David Bentley. Bentley is in the wilderness at Spurs and his Tottenham career appears to be over, so it is vital that the midfielder moves on to pastures new. The question is whether Bentley could possibly shine under Bruce and whether it is a gamble worth taking as far as Sunderland are concerned. The Black Cats definitely need a spark and Bentley could well be the man to provide it, but Spurs may prefer to use him in a potential swap with Atletico Madrid’s Maxi Rodriguez instead.

The transfer of Alan Hutton would be a good bit of business for both clubs, as the Scottish fullback would bring in some money for Spurs and provide some good competition for places at the Stadium of Light. Elsewhere a relatively new name being mentioned this week is that of Jamie O’Hara, as Portsmouth’s financial problems mean that Pompey may be blocked from extending his loan at Fratton Park. If Sunderland were to step in, Redknapp wouldn’t be thrilled to see O’Hara leave Spurs permanently, but he could be used as a bargaining chip in a potential deal for Jones. Finally Robbie Keane has been mentioned as a possible makeweight in a deal, but this appears to be a non-starter as it is extremely unlikely that the Irishman will leave White Hart Lane in the near future.

I wouldn’t be surprised to see some business between Tottenham and Sunderland this month, but it remains to be seen which players will be involved. The most likely deal would see Kenwyne Jones join Spurs provided that Pavlyuchenko is offloaded beforehand, with Alan Hutton and David Bentley moving in the opposite direction. This deal would seem to be good for both clubs and the players themselves, but what transfer dealings would you like to see happen between Spurs and Sunderland in the transfer window?

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