With one day left in the Premier League transfer window and Spurs losing Huerelho Gomes, Ledley King and Luka Modric to injury, it seems ‘Arry Redknapp will have to dip in to the transfer market a couple of times today or tomorrow.
Unsurprisingly he is rumoured to be returning to his former club Portsmouth for Niko Kranjcar and David James in an £8m double-bid. Kranjcar is a very tidy attacking midfielder who could be the playmaker that Tottenham desperately need in the centre of midfield. I have concerns with Modric playing in a central pairing given his lack of ‘presence’. This, however, doesn’t address the glaring problem the club still has on the left but I’ll get to that.
David James is a clown and sadly I think if he comes to Spurs then he’ll retain the “number one shirt” even after Gomes returns to fitness. Gomes is by no means perfect but he has improved immeasurably in the last 12 months. I think he’s undoubtedly a better keeper than James but he won’t get a fair crack of the whip under Redknapp who will guarantee James a first team place. Cudicini has looked very shaky in his limited outings since his signing so there is no doubt that Tottenham do need someone.
I should be more positive about the move to sign Martin Petrov for £3.5m from Manchester City. He’s a natural left-sided player and is regarded for his pace and crossing. He would certainly be an improvement on our other left-sided options even if I’m not overly-impressed with his contribution in a City shirt since his 2007 move. My enduring memory of him is the red card he received for kicking Leon Osman in a league defeat to Everton last year and he’s also had his fair share of injury problems. Providing we don’t pay him what he gets at City (rumoured to be £70k per week which may have played a factor in him turning down Spurs two years ago) then it seems a good deal.
The club have just announced a “link up” with Brazilian club Internacional and it was hoped that it may have helped Spurs land midfielder Sandro. The media, however, are reporting that the bid has been turned down and Sandro will remain with Internacional. I’ve never seen him play but I’m reliably informed that he’s rather good even if he may not have been ready for first team action yet.
Rafael van der Vaart won’t be joining Spurs it seems. A player of his quality would have been a hell of a capture for Redknapp but according to Sky Sports he will be retained following the departure from Real Madrid of Wesley Sneijder and Arjen Robben last week.
Petrov: Looks most likely
Kranjcar: Would be a good buy
James: Likely if he’s first choice
Sandro: Seemingly not
van der Vaart: highly unlikely