The ambitions of Tottenham Hotspur are growing season by season, day by day. At the moment, the club have a relatively strong squad and a manager who is finally proving his credentials in the English Premier League.
It is well documented, however, that the second half of Spurs' last two seasons have been something of a catastrophe - and that was with the likes of Rafael Van Der Vaart and Luka Modric in their ranks.
Emmanuel Adebayor has finally made up his mind and gone to the African Cup of Nations, and the season's beast, Sandro, has been side-lined for the rest of the season due to a knee injury picked up in the goalless draw against QPR on last Saturday.
So, do Tottenham need to recruit some reinforcements in the remaining days of the January transfer window? At first glance, acquiring further talent would do no harm to Villas-Boas' squad. He will, however, have to spend Levy's money wisely.
Adebayor or not, Spurs need another striker. While Jermian Defoe is having arguably his best season in a Spurs shirt, Adebayor has only scored two league goals this season. There is a growing sense of frustration with the Togolese striker around White Hart Lane on matchdays, and another goalscorer would go a long way to securing football among Europe's elite next season.
Many names have been mentioned in the media, namely Leandro Damiao and Alvaro Negredo. A player of this calibre would add another dimension to the Spurs side when they're not firing in all cylinders and an extra signing could make all the difference.
After it was announced that Sandro would be out for the rest of the season, Andre villas-Boas' transfer plans could have dramatically changed. Although Scott Parker is a good replacement, he has been injury prone this season and any further injuries in the centre of midfield could turn a solid midfield into a fragile one. This may lead Villas-Boas to rekindle his long-term admiration for fellow compatriot Joao Moutinho.
Moutinho is a world-class player and will undoubtedly be itching to test himself in one of Europe's big leagues. If the midfielder was to link-up with his 'AVB', he would be a great asset to the side while filling the void left by Modric at the same time.
Alternatively, Spurs could bring forward the signing of future prospect Lewis Holtby. The German midfielder's contract is due to run out with Schalke in the summer, but Villas-Boas could bring the 22-year-old to north London in January despite having agreed an initial deal that will see him join the club in the summer.
While there is room for improvement in the current Spurs team, specifically in the final third, it is crucial Spurs don't make the mistake of making unnecessary signings and upsetting the balance of the squad.
Champions League football is currently a strong possibility for Spurs, but the acquisition of some of the names linked with a move to White Hart Lane could make it an almost certainty.
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