Andre Villas-Boas is certainly making his mark on Tottenham Hotspur, with Moussa Dembele drafted in to replace Luka Modric just days after the Croatian’s exit from the club.
Emmanuel Adebayor has also been added to the squad by the former Porto chief on a permanent basis, providing some much needed depth to an attacking line that contained just Jermain Defoe, Giovani dos Santos and Harry Kane on the opening weekend of the season.
Whilst Dembele can play up-front, the Belgian has been signed to fill the attacking midfield void left by Real Madrid’s latest superstar. At £15 million, Fulham are also happy with a tidy profit on a player signed just two seasons ago.
Dembele seemed destined for Birmingham before the Cottagers made their move in 2010, swooping on the AZ Alkmaar star for what now appears to be a bargain £5 million. His performances over the past 24 months have tripled that figure, and AVB will be hoping the player can replicate his form from Craven Cottage on a new stage in north London.
The 25-year-old is unlikely to be the last piece of business before 11pm on Friday night however, with Villas-Boas eager to spend more than the reported £27.8 million that arrived through the sale of Modric.
Chairman Daniel Levy is willing to bankroll a player makeover, providing those who are surplus to requirements are trimmed off the wage bill. Michael Dawson and Tom Huddlestone could also command decent sums if press reports are to be believed.
Plenty of players are being linked with White Hart Lane, but who might actually join the ex-Chelsea chief’s revolution is up for debate. Yann M’Vila has been heavily linked, but as time goes on, it appears less likely that the Stade Rennes midfielder will move from Ligue 1 to the Premier League. Daniel Levy will also need to fight off strong competition from the likes of Arsenal to land the player.
Hugo Lloris looks a more likely candidate, providing the French No.1 decides to take up the challenge with Tottenham. Lyon have confirmed that they are willing to let the player leave, and that the ball is in the goalkeeper’s court. Villas-Boas will need to sell him the dream.
Lloris’ arrival is also likely to mean another keeper exit, with one of Heurelho Gomes or Carlo Cudicini expected to follow David Button out the exit door.
Shakhtar Donetsk star Willian continues to be linked with a move to the club, but with the Ukrainian outfit hoping for a transfer fee in excess of £20 million, Villas-Boas will have to negotiate hard if they are to land the talented Brazilian winger.
Another Brazilian, striker Leandro Damiao, appears unlikely to leave Internacional for England with less than two years until the World Cup in his homeland, whilst Alan Dzagoev impressed at Euro 2012 and is not a legitimate target in the final days of the window.
Malaga midfielder Isca appears to be a non-starter, but Porto star Joao Moutinhio – who played under Villas-Boas at the Estadio do Dragao – could be a real transfer coup for the club.
It all makes for an exciting couple of days at the Lane, reminiscent of the time when former manager Harry Redknapp was in charge of the club and they constantly made deadline day bids for players.
Little has changed, despite having the new man at the helm.
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