There are some surprised looks in the Football Transfer Tavern today.
David Hytner from The Guardian brings some intriguing reports for Tottenham supporters about a transfer reunion just 12 months on.
He claims that Spurs are considering re-signing Cardiff City defender Steven Caulker in the summer, despite only selling him to the Welsh side last summer.
The England international departed North London in a £9 million deal with then-manager Andre Villas-Boas happy with Michael Dawson, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul.
However there are increasing levels of uncertainty about Vertonghen, who has been linked with Barcelona, while Dawson’s performances have been below par.
This could see the 22-year-old making a surprise summer return to White Hart Lane with Cardiff’s Premier League future very much under threat.
Here in the tavern we have to admit that there is a growing sense that the White Hart Lane club are at a crossroads between the tenure of temporary manager Tim Sherwood and a possible summer replacement.
Chairman Daniel Levy is understood to want Netherlands manager Luis van Gaal after he finishes at the World Cup and it is unlikely that Sherwood will start the new season in charge of the White Hart Lane club.
That may make any transfer activity difficult until the new man is appointed with today’s speculation giving the impression that the club don’t really know what they are doing in the transfer market.
Re-signing a player for more than they sold him for, just 12-months later suggests a lack of clear strategy. Loaning out the player or even including a back-buy option would have been the more sensible solution to ensure that he gained first-team football.
Punters in the tavern think this is a transfer no-brainer that is a certainty to come off if Cardiff succumb to the drop this season. Let us know your thoughts below.
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