Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp has been told today that he will have to sell players in order to have the finances to bring players to White Hart Lane. This will be no problem for Harry, a wheeler dealer who isn’t afraid to get his feet wet in the transfer market, but which of his players will be heading towards the exit? David Bentley will be near the front of the queue alongside Roman Pavlyuchenko, but who will anyone else be leaving Spurs in January? Jermaine Jenas and Alan Hutton? Maybe even Robbie Keane? Who should Harry be cashing in on next month?
Harry Redknapp shouldn’t be deterred by Chairman Daniel Levy’s comments this morning and neither should Spurs fans, as I’m sure they recognise there is some deadwood at the club that they could do without. Levy told The Guardian “we do not envisage being very active in the January transfer window, although we will take note of any opportunities that arise,” hence leaving the door open for a bargain that is too good to ignore. Obviously Redknapp won’t be spending the kind of figures he did last January, when he spent £45 million on Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Wilson Palacios, but he never passes up an opportunity to strengthen his squad.
One player who is looking more and more likely to leave in January is ex-Gunner David Bentley. It was reported today that Bentley had a heated argument with Redknapp that is only likely to hasten his exit. Bentley has failed to match the standard he set for himself at Blackburn on a consistent basis and has only started one Premiership match this season, and arguably could have easily been sent off at The Emirates. With Aaron Lennon easily ahead of him in the pecking order, I think Bentley’s departure from Tottenham is a no-brainer as he just isn’t producing the goods.
Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is also an obvious candidate to leave Spurs, as at the moment he doesn’t provide Tottenham with anything they will miss. In Peter Crouch Spurs have an ideal target man, and thus Pavlyuchenko has become a bit of a spare part at White Hart Lane. An unlikely swap deal with Liverpool’s Ryan Babel has been mentioned this week, a deal that Spurs would be well advised to steer clear of, but a return to Russia for the striker is a much more likely scenario. I’m sure that Redknapp would be pleased to recoup anything around £10 million for the Russian.
Another Spurs player linked with a January exit has been defender Alan Hutton, who has failed to force his way into the first team and is being kept out by Vedran Corluka. Again a potential swap deal has been rumoured, this time with Sunderland’s Anton Ferdinand, but injury seems to have put paid to that. Is Hutton worth keeping though?
Elsewhere, with the abundance of midfield talent that Redknapp has at his disposal, Jermaine Jenas could be an asset Spurs can afford to lose. Jenas continues to flatter to deceive and despite being a decent player, he is awfully frustrating to watch and I don’t think many fans would be sad to see him go.
The final potential player that Harry may consider getting rid of is Robbie Keane, a player who seems to divide opinion at Tottenham. You can’t fault Keane’s commitment, but does he fit into Redknapp’s long-term plans? Many fans love him and Spurs are unlikely to let two strikers leave in January, but there is bound to be plenty of interest him and Tottenham could receive a substantial bid for him.
So out of the above, who wouldn’t you mind seeing leave Spurs in the transfer window, and is there anyone else you feel Tottenham would do well to cash in on? And if Redknapp does do some wheeling and dealing, who should he be targeting in January?
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