After the departure of Luka Modric to Real Madrid stole the headlines on Monday, an estimated £33 million transfer windfall has now fallen into the hands of Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy as they look to strengthen the Tottenham side before the Friday transfer deadline.
With only four days remaining for the London club to invest, a final shopping list has been drafted up by the Spurs board as they look to improve in the midfield and attack.
But one of the first moves could be in goal, the transfer of French international Hugo Lloris is one which is expected to happen by both parties. The Lyon keeper has been the subject of an accepted bid according to reports. The Lyon president, Jean-Michel Aulas, has stated that following successful discussions with Daniel Levy, he expects Lloris to be approached soon regarding personal terms. "The decision belongs to Hugo who, I think, will be approached by Tottenham very soon. The clubs' positions have moved closer together."
Lloris' agent, his father Luc, told the press almost a month ago that he expected the deal to go through, and that Hugo was open to the move.
“I’m sure that Hugo’s move will be accelerated if Modric joins Real.” But with Modric now leaving the North London side, Tottenham could see a new goalkeeper being paraded White Hart Lane on Saturday, as Sours take on Norwich at home.
M'Vila is another French international which is attracting the attention of Tottenham and also London rivals Arsenal. The defensive midfielder was said to have been close to joining the Gunners earlier in the transfer window, but Wenger cooled his interest following a disappointing Euro 2012 campaign. But according to the BBC, Tottenham are looking to purchase the Rennes midfielder after seeing two bids in the region of €15 million failing, with the French side holding out for a fee of €19 million.
The creativity of Tottenham has also been strained following the absence of Luka Modric. With no flair in midfield, Villas-Boas is closely monitoring Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho and Shakhtar Donestk star Willian as replacements for the Croatian. Also, reports suggest that Spurs could look into the possibility of signing Fulham midfielder Moussa Dembele, who is also being targeted by Manchester United. But with three targets being followed, it would be no surprise to see 24-year-old Willian join the North London side, but the chances of €30 million Moutinho joining him look slim.
Upfront Tottenham are looking underwhelming. Although the combination of Adebayor and Defoe could see Spurs score a large number of goals next season, Villas-Boas' side is lacking one final addition to the strike force which would be needed to challenge for a top four finish. Leandro Damiao has been a long-term target for Spurs and could join fellow Brazilian's Sandro and possibly Willian at White Hart Lane, but Tottenham have also been linked to Fernando Llorente and Loic Remy too.
However with Tottenham looking to spend around £50 million before Friday's deadline, hopefully bringing in four new players, Spurs should have a re-vamped squad on Saturday, with the likes of Jenas, Bentley, Huddlestone and Dawson all expected to depart.
Who would you like to see arrive at Tottenham over the coming days?
image: © Ronnie Macdonald