Once again Tottenham are set to be amongst the most active Barclays Premier League teams in the January transfer window.
Daniel Levy, the Spurs chairman, will say that money must be generated from sales before we buy but that is standard from the man who has signed off massive January transfers of players like Robbie Keane, Wilson Palacios, Alan Hutton and Jermaine Defoe in the past.
Funds will be provided for Harry Redknapp if the manager feels they are needed. If another Rafael van der Vaart becomes available with only seconds of the window remaining, Levy will not hesitate.
This time around, however, other factors come into consideration. The 25-man squad limit means Spurs have little room for additional players. Bongani Khumalo, the South African centre back, will be arriving from feeder club Supersport Utd while Jonathan Woodgate’s recovery, if successful, will take up another slot.
Injuries have blighted Tottenham’s season so far, but even so players like Niko Kranjcar, Robbie Keane and David Bentley have struggled for game time. Redknapp has confirmed Keane can leave as the Irish captain finds himself behind Jermaine Defoe, Peter Crouch and Roman Pavlyuchenko. Kranjcar has excelled for Croatia but found it hard to dislodge Gareth Bale or Luka Modric but at least finds himself ahead of Bentley.
Everton’s Steven Pienaar is continually linked with Tottenham and could cover the departure of Kranjcar and Bentley. With his contract expiring in the summer, the South African captain would be available for a knock down fee, or in exchange for Kranjcar. However, I question the value of selling a player like Kranjcar who is integrated and settled at the club when his replacement is likely to find first XI opportunities just as difficult to come by.
Redknapp may also be looking for a top class number 9, able to lead the line by himself and work with van der Vaart but also able to link with Defoe et al. Despite the plethora of strikers already at the club there is a general feeling that they are not quite world class, and only Defoe offers 20 goals a season.
Karim Benzema has been linked, while a lot of fans are intrigued by Edin Dzeko of Wolfsburg. However, Redknapp will need to make space for any new acquisitions while making sure the new competition does not upset any of the current players.
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