Damiao and Sneijder would turn Tottenham into title challengers

If Tottenham Hotspur are serious about moving forward, now may be the time to strike.

Tottenham are a good team, a very good team - There is a reason why they sit third in the Premier League, above Chelsea - a team many predicted could even win the title this season.

Few such predictions were made for a Spurs team, believed to be in transition, selling their two top stars and installing a new manager with much to prove.

It is to their credit they have made the 'transition' appear seamless, and while there is a lot of football still to be played, they are in prime position to finish in the top four and qualify for the Champions League.

So here we are in January, the time of year when squads are assessed and the transfer window opens to allow managers to shift on unwanted players and bring in those who can enhance the squad.

Tottenham have a well rounded team, but there are two positions where it can be argued they are weaker than others.

Looking at the positives first - they have two of the best wingers in Europe, and three of the best central midfielders in the Premier League. Their goalkeeper is one of the best in Europe, while their strength in depth in defence is to be marveled at. Don't forget a talented manager at the helm of it all too.

The two positions they need to improve are striker - where the departing Adebayor is the only real cover for Jermain Defoe, and the attacking midfield role which Van der Vaart vacated. Gylfi Sigurdsson has failed so far to show he has been the answer, and Clint Dempsey has been patchy there too, preferring to play wide and come in off the flank.

Tottenham's two top targets this January would change all that. Wesley Sneijder has been linked with a variety of clubs, but he is favourite with the bookies to link up with Spurs. There are few better players in Europe if not the world who can play the attacking midfield role than the Inter playmaker and he would elevate Tottenham to a new level.

Christian Eriksen is another name linked, although he is unlikely to be available until the summer. He would command a higher transfer fee than Sneijder although his wages won't be as high, importantly he is also less proven than 28-year-old Sneijder who has been there and done it but will still want to prove himself all over again in a new league.

Up front, Spurs could solve their striking situation for good with the signing of Leandro Damiao. The Telegraph have claimed Spurs are lining up a bid, but the move is complicated by the fact he is owned by more than one party. Nevertheless the fact we are currently in the Brazilian off-season may work in their favour and make Internacional more open to selling than if we were in the summer. Figures of £15 million are also being mooted, which would make him a real bargain.

With Defoe up front too and Adebayor offering an alternative, the trio would be as fearsome as any other in the league.

Sneijder and Damiao would both add star power to a Spurs team which are on the cusp of pushing for major trophies. The fact they are closer to the league summit than Chelsea says something about their status at present, even if a 13 point deficit to leaders United would be too difficult to overcome this season.

Signing the pair would surely make Spurs real title challengers for next season, and getting both in now would allow them to get the difficult business of settling out of the way. If Damiao could have the same impact as Cisse did for Newcastle last season, Spurs would be a lock for the top four, and combined with Sneijder, Spurs can almost put it beyond doubt. 

It's a question of ambition, and there is no reason if the club get the two big deals done this month then this time next year they won't find themselves in the midst of a genuine title challenge, and who knows, still in the Champions League too.

What do you think? Would the duo make Tottenham title challengers next season?

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