It appears increasingly likely that two of the players with whom Tottenham have been linked over the past number of weeks could be signing up in the coming days. Paulinho is expected to complete his move to Tottenham next week although there was a suggestion that Corinthians wanted to keep him until the middle of the month when they had played their two matches against Sao Paulo in the Recopa Sudamericana, a trophy they have never won. Tottenham, however, will be anxious to see the player through his medical to bring a swift conclusion to the deal.
News reports continue to suggest that Tottenham are progressing towards the completion of the signing of Brazil’s Paulinho from Corinthians and Spain’s David Villa from Barcelona at the end of the Confederations Cup. Two new names have appeared in rumours of players in whom Spurs have an interest.
David Villa is reported to have been in discussions concerning Tottenham’s interest in signing him. Goal.com have reported that Spurs have reached agreement with the player but Tottenham and Barcelona have still to negotiate the transfer fee.
Alberto de la Bella - the Mirror has reported that Tottenham have had a bid of £3million turned down for Real Sociedad left-back but are expected to increase the offer. This interest suggests that Benoit Assou-Ekotto could be leaving White Hart Lane. There has been reported interest in him from the Turkish side Fenerbache since the end of the season. Aged 27, the left back is seen as a dependable player who was an ever-present for the Spanish side last season and scored three goals.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan - the Armenian attacking midfielder plays for Shaktar Donetsk is a reported target. He is also interesting Liverpool but Franco Baldini has had discussions with his agent.
Contrary to that report is a tweet that he is regarded as being too expensive by Tottenham.
Tom Huddlestone To Sunderland
A report in the Sunderland Echo suggests that Sunderland may consider making a £5m bid for Tom Huddlestone. His departure from White Hart Lane would seem increasingly likely if Spurs complete the signings they are reported to be involved in. The Daily Mail reports that Hull City and Fulham are also interested in Huddlestone with Martin Jol having attempted to take him to Craven Cottage last season.