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Saturday 27 December 2014

Tottenham Hotspur: Potential January transfer targets

Chris Samba
Chris Samba
While Blackburn struggle this season both on and off the pitch, one of the few positives at Ewood Park has been the performances of central defender Chris Samba. The Congolese has been a rock at the back for Rovers and is easily Blackburn's most saleable asset. With the club reportedly in dire financial trouble they must be tempted to cash in, although it's rumoured they've put a price tag of £15m on his head. That's unrealistic, but so is the bid of £5m they received recently from QPR. Somewhere between the two could see the 27-year-old move, and with Redknapp a confirmed admirer, it could be to White Hart Lane.
Moussa Dembele
Some eye catching displays for Fulham have seen the Belgian winger linked with a host of clubs. Signed for Fulham 18 months ago, the Cottagers will be hugely reluctant to let the 24-year-old leave, with manager Martin Jol regularly singling Dembele out as one of his best players. There is huge pressure on the creative forces of Tottenham's midfield to deliver; Signing Dembele would help spread the load.
Junior Hoilett
Another option in the winger department could be Junior Hoilett. The young Canadian has shone this year for Blackburn, scoring and creating numerous goals. He will be out of contract in the summer and with the 21-year-old stalling on a new deal, Blackburn may choose to cash in while they can. With all the admirers Hoilett has earned this year, Tottenham will face stiff competition to secure his services.
Borja Valero
Outside of the Premier League, it's rumoured Tottenham could make a move for Villarreal midfielder Borja Valero. The former West Brom man has shone since moving to Spain, where at first he was there on loan before the deal was made permanent last summer after he helped the Spanish team qualify for the Champions League. The 26-year-old, who is on the fringes of the Spain national team, may be reluctant to return to England after his disappointing spell in the west Midlands.
Alvaro Negredo
Tottenham have been linked with Alvaro Negredo for some time with Sevilla rebuffing their enquiries last January. Reports suggest they could be back in the hunt this month, with the 26-year-old hinting he could be ready to move on. The former Real Madrid striker is tied to the Spanish club until 2013 but Sevilla will not want the Spain international to leave on the cheap by running down his contract.
Moussa Sow
Tottenham will become embroiled in a battle with their north London rivals Arsenal for the signature of Moussa Sow if reports are to be believed. It's claimed both clubs have made contact with Lille regarding the £20m rated hit-man. Sow helped propel Lille to the Ligue 1 title last season and they will be desperate to hang on to the Senegal international. Sow is quoted as saying: 'I watch the games (in England) with envy on TV. I desire to play there one day. Arsenal are a big club but we will see.'
Amauri
Tottenham are reportedly the favourites to land Juventus striker Amauri this month. The Old Lady revealed the 31-year-old would be leaving Turin this month having fallen out of favour. Amauri has said he would prefer to stay in Italy so he can remain on the radar for the national team, although he is desperate to play. He is quoted: 'One thing is for certain: in January I'm going to play. It's not a question of money, it's a question of the length of the contract.' The former Palermo striker wants a three-year deal.
Bobby Zamora
Rumours persist around Craven Cottage that Bobby Zamora's relationship with Martin Jol is strained, and the England striker could be allowed to leave this month. The 30-year-old has been linked with a host of Premier League sides, including Tottenham. But with Euro 2012 on the horizon, Zamora will be eager for the playing time that will give him a chance to impress Fabio Capello; Redknapp may not be able to guarantee that.
Carlos Tevez
Redknapp loves a good deal and there's one to be had with Carlos Tevez. Manchester City want shot of the Argentinean and their desire to have rid of him could mean he would be much cheaper than his ability is worth. Redknapp has ruled out a move, saying the player's wages could destabalise the club, and with AC and Inter Milan eager for his services, a move to White Hart Lane seems distinctly unlikely, but only a fool would rule it out entirely.

Tottenham have emerged as genuine title contenders this season but Harry Redknapp's squad lacks depth compared to their rivals, which could be telling as the season takes its toll.

Manager Harry Redknapp is renowned for his 'wheeler dealer' transfer activity which means arrivals at White Hart Lane this month are a distinct possibility.



Here, we round-up the players linked with a possible move to Tottenham.

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