A few years ago a Tottenham fanzine composed a list of players who had been linked with Tottenham during that summer’s transfer window. Every day a new name appeared in the media, on message-boards or on Twitter as a player in whom Spurs were interested, had made an offer or more likely had had an offer turned down. This summer has been no different with a new name appearing on a near daily basis.
Today’s rumours includes speculation on both comings and goings.
Stoke interest in Defoe
It is widely reported that Spurs are looking to strengthen their strike force which would mean the sale of either or both of Emmanuel Adebayor in whom Besiktas were reported to be interested during the past days, or Jermain Defoe. Today’s report suggests that Stoke City are interested in Defoe. The new Stoke manager, Mark Hughes, is considering a move to re-united him with Peter Crouch, according to the Mirror. Spurs rate Defoe at £6m who after a goal-scoring first half of last season, found goals difficult to come by from January onwards, scoring just once since the Boxing Day win over Aston Villa..
The Mirror also repeat Spurs interest in David Villa and suggest a new name in FC Twente winger Nacer Chadli who is valued at £8.5m. He played against Tottenham in the Champions League group stages in 2010 and scored on both occasions. The goal at White Hart Lane was his first in the competition and he scored from a free-kick in the return game. He also scored against Werder Bremen that year. He is 23 years of age and a Belgian international. A tall winger, at 6’2″, with pace. Swansea City are also interested and are reported to have made a bid.
Top Priority – Keep Bale
Having completed the signing of Paulinho, top of Spurs’ to-do-list in the coming days is to persuade Gareth Bale to sign a new contract to ward off any immediate or future interest from Real Madrid, Manchester United or any other interested club.
The move to tie up Bale makes good business sense for Spurs and would be an additional attraction for possible new signings, knowing that he had committed to Tottenham. How quickly agreement can be agreed, may indicate the player’s intentions both short and long-term.
I would be disappointed to see Defoe leave White Hart Lane but with Spurs looking to sign a striker, or two, then someone will have to leave. There may be more clubs interested in signing Defoe who will continue to score goals in the Premier League but unfortunately tends to either be ‘on-fire’ or have lean periods during the season.