Gylfi Sigurdsson, Michael Dawson Hamper Tottenham Plans


The desire of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Dawson to stay at Spurs could hamper Tottenham plans in this summer’s transfer window. Both players are keen to prove their worth to new manager Mauricio Pochettino.

Gylfi Sigurdsson

Gylfi Sigurdsson was linked in Tottenham’s negotiations to sign left-back Ben Davies from Swansea City. The Welsh club appeared keen to sign the Icelandic international midfield player who had impressed in his time on loan at the Liberty Stadium prior to joining Spurs in 2012. The Icelandic international was thought to be less keen on a move to Wales. Despite talk of a deal being near to completion, talks stalled.

Only yesterday there was a report that Tottenham and Crystal Palace had agreed a fee of £8m for Sigurdson to move across London to Selhurst Park with the player to reach agreement on terms.

A report in the Mirror this morning, however, suggests that Sigurdsson wants to stay at Tottenham and have an opportunity to impress the new manager as the club embarks on its pre-season tour to North America.

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Michael Dawson

Since the end of last season, there have been rumours of Michael Dawson leaving Tottenham with a number of clubs reported to be interested in signing the Spurs central defender and captain. Harry Redknapp at Queen’s Park Rangers and Crystal Palace were linked with a move for Dawson but the most persistent was Steve Bruce and Hull City.

Almost everyday brought a new report suggesting that a move to Hull was near to completion. It had reported that the clubs had agreed a deal and it was only a matter of Dawson agreeing terms with Hull to finalise the transfer.

Dawson Reluctant

As I reported a couple of weeks ago in an article on HotspurHQ, Michael Dawson was reluctant to make the move north preferring to stay in London. It seemed, however, that he might have changed his mind as there were further reports on discussions with Hull. West Ham were then reported to be interested in the Tottenham captain but nothing further materialised. Now a report in the Mirror suggests that Michael Dawson is keen to stay at White Hart Lane.

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 It’s 2012 All Over Again?

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As I suggested in the previous article, it’s a repeat of what happened in 2012 on the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas. Then, Spurs agreed to transfer Dawson to QPR. After lengthy discussions Dawson rejected the move and opted to fight for his place in the Tottenham team.

Michael Dawson achieved that by the following November and was a regular for the next 18 months under AVB and Tim Sherwood.

Now, in the summer of 2014, under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham have again agreed to sell their 31-year-old central defender and captain. Michael Dawson, however, prefers to remain at White Hart Lane.

I’ve been at Tottenham for nine-and-a-half years

Speaking on TalkSport at the beginning of June, Dawson who joined Tottenham from Nottingham Forest in January, 2005, said,

"It’s a great football club and I’ve loved every minute of it while I’ve been here. The fans have been superb to me since day one because I’ve had some ups and downs like everyone does."

Hamper Tottenham Plans On Transfers

It now appears that the reluctance of Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Dawson to leave White Hart Lane could hamper Tottenham plans to sign new players this summer. Daniel Levy had wanted to sell both players to fund the signing of some of the players who have been linked with Spurs this summer, including Ben Davies and goalkeeper Michel Vorm from Swansea. It would also appear to have frustrated Spurs attempt to sign the young central defender Jamaal Lascelles from Nottingham Forest.

It would appear that that it’s once again going to be along summer of transfer negotiation for Tottenham.