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Who can replace Sandro at Tottenham Hotspur?

The Brazilian beast could well be out for the season after an operation on his knee. Along with Scott Parker, how will Spurs look to fill the hole left by Sandro?

If you were a very positive Spurs fan, you might be thinking that of all the first team players to get injured, Sandro is the man who Spurs have the best cover for. Scott Parker was excellent for much of last season, and having missed the first half of this year's campaign through injury, should be relatively fresh to step into the first team now.

However relying entirely on Parker is risky, especially with the England midfielder's recent injury record coupled with Mousa Dembele's hip problems, and Spurs now have a decision to make over whether they stick with Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone as back up, or enter the transfer market.

There was every chance one or even both of Livermore and Huddlestone would have left on loan this month had Sandro not been injured, and that should be an indication to Spurs that they need to enter the transfer market to add to their midfield options for the rest of the season. Huddlestone and Livermore have had chances in the first team this season, and have failed to impress on nearly every occasion. To end up in a position where they would be first choice again could be disastrous for their attempts to get into the Champions League.

Spurs might look to speed up the arrival of Lewis Holtby, but he would not add the defensive steel that Sandro provides, so they should also look at bringing in one of Moussa Sissoko, Yann M'Vila and Mohamed Diame if possible.

These are all players who look set to leave their clubs for a bargain price this month, M'Vila might be more of a gamble than the others, but also has the potential to be an excellent player. Sissoko could leave for around £2.5 million as he is available on a free in the summer anyway, and Diame reportedly has a £3.5 million release clause.

These would be good additions not only for the rest of this season, but also as part of the squad for the next few years. This is a huge window for Spurs, if they want to be competitive next season they need to qualify for the Champions League, and a couple of wise purchases now will go a long way towards achieving that.

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