If Sunday's FA Cup exit at the hands of Leeds United proved anything - Spurs need to bring in fresh faces before the end of January if they are to maintain their push for Champions League qualification.

With Emmanuel Adebayor away at the African Cup of Nations, and seemingly out of form, it leaves the Lilywhites with Jermain Defoe as their only recognised striker of Premier League quality.

It’s not only up top that may be of concern to Spurs fans. The injury to midfield warrior Sandro is also a massive blow, summer signing Gylfi Sigurdsson is completely out of form and cover is needed for flying wingers Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon. 

There have also been whispers coming from the Tottenham camp that Defoe’s niggling injury is more serious than first thought.

But who is available to Spurs and at what price? With January transfer window nearing a close, will Tottenham make a late raid?

The rumour mill has been in full flow with a host of names being linked with the North London outfit. Prolific SPL marksman Gary Hooper has been mentioned as a possible recruit, but is he of sufficient and proven quality to sustain a top four position should Defoe’s injury problems continue?

Sevilla hit man Alvaro Negredo has been heavily linked with Tottenham, and his arrival would be one of the deals of the window, should Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy pull it off.

But are any of the players available worth breaking the bank for? Levy is a shrewd businessman and will only pay over the odds for a player he deems of appropriate quality.

Many clubs have jeopardised their long-term financial sustainability in an attempt to maintain the dream of Champions League football. Look no further than Leeds United as an example.

Spanish outfits Villareal and Deportivo La Coruna have also floundered as their financial dealings of the past have caught up with them as they attempted to compete with Europe's elite.

It is clear that spending money is essential to progress in football – Manchester City being the case in point. Spurs have done this in previous transfer windows but have always tried to recoup that money with the sales of players.

But Tottenham may need to prioritise in order to truly become an English force. They desperately need a new stadium, with White Hart Lane only holding 36,000. Although, Spurs fans would be wary of following in the footsteps of bitter rivals Arsenal – with the debt from a new stadium bringing about a reluctance to splash on recruits.

It seems like a catch twenty-two situation. Don’t spend now and possibly miss out on Champions League football and the money that accompanies it. Or spend big now and see stadium plans drift off into the distance.

It’s a tough call, but which would fans prefer to see? New recruits or a new stadium? Or can Spurs qualify with the squad already at their disposal?


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