As indicated last week, the transfer rumours continue to link Tom Huddlestone with Fulham and his former Spurs’ manager Martin Jol. Huddlestone was a regular in the Tottenham team during Martin Jol’s time at White Hart Lane and a move to Craven cottage would provide Huddlestone with regular Premier League football. His opportunities with Spurs have been limited this season and with the return to fitness of Scott Parker and the arrival of Lewis Holtby, along with Sandro and Mousa Dembele, he faces great competition for a place in midfield. While the signing of Holtby from Schalke was originally planned for the summer, there is a possibility that it could be completed during the month, as Schalke look for a reduced fee rather than have the player leave on a free in July at the end of his contract. The completion of this deal may depend on what other deals other go through.
At the moment, it is uncertain whether Huddlestone’s transfer will be permanent or a loan deal to the end of the season.
It is possible that both Huddlestone and Jake Livermore will leave White Hart Lane this month. One could be sold and one go on loan but which is which will depend on the interest and offers that Tottenham receive over the next three weeks.
Suggestions continue to surface that Spurs are working to complete the signing of two players they have tried to sign in previous transfer windows.
- Internacional of Brazil are reported to be interested in selling Leandro Damiao and it is thought that Spurs are preparing an offer of around £15 million for the striker.
- They are also continuing to try and reach agreement over the signing of Joao Moutinho from Porto. Andre Villas-Boas is very keen to acquire him for the creative midfield role in the Tottenham team and Daniel Levy is attempting to broker a deal but the final decision could rest with the player.
Personally, I can’t see either of these transfers happening. Tottenham have tried before to sign both players and failed so that would seem to be the most likely outcome once again. I would, however, love to be proved wrong.
With Emmanuel Adebayor, as I expected, joining up with the Togo international team for the African Cup of Nations, Spurs are left, as they were at the start of the season, with only one recognised striker, Jermain Defoe. The situation is slightly improved compared with August as they now have Clint Dempsey and he could fill in if Defoe were to be injured over the coming weeks. It is a very unsatisfactory situation that the matter was allowed to go on for so long, it should have been settled during December. As Villas-Boas stated after the Reading game, “It was up to the player to make the decision.”
The club were in a no win situation. They could not interfere but the player should have stated his intention once the issue was raised rather than allow it to go on for another month. The protracted decision making process was similar to the summer long negotiations that took place over his transfer from Manchester City to Tottenham and saw Adebayor arrive at Spurs without proper pre-season training. As captain of Togo and their star player, it was always likely that he would eventually join up with the squad. He could now miss five League and Cup games if Togo progress to the latter stages of the tournament, only returning prior to the Europa League 1st leg match against Lazio in mid-February.
With the shortage of striker cover at White Hart Lane, Spurs could renew interest in Fernando Llorente.
William Gallas has been missing from the Tottenham team for the past three matches, since the Boxing Day win over Aston Villa. A rumour suggests interest from Harry Redknapp at Queen’s Park Rangers who were interested in signing him last August. Any decision on a possible transfer could depend on whether Gallas wants to go to Loftus Road.