Spurs have had a solid start to the season, but with money still available for transfers, Andre Villas-Boas will have the ability to strengthen his squad. Olly Dawes looks ahead.
Andre Villas-Boas went on something of a summer transfer spree, bringing in Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue, Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Roberto Soldado with the money raised from the sale of Gareth Bale.
There is still money to spend though, and whilst Villas-Boas has suggested he won't be as active in January, there are a number of players who he could target in the New Year.
Eric Dier, Sporting Lisbon - £6m
Whilst Villas-Boas moved to bring Romanian international Chiriches to North London in the summer, Spurs could still stand to add another central defender for the future, and they have reportedly cast admiring glances at Sporting Lisbon's England Under 21 international Eric Dier. Dier, born in Cheltenham, has broken into the Sporting first team, and could now make the move back to England in order to fulfill his international dream of playing for England.
Fabio Coentrao, Real Madrid – Loan/£15m
Spurs' biggest hole in the team is probably left back, where Benoit Assou-Ekotto left for QPR and wasn't replaced. Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton have been filling in, whilst centre back Jan Vertonghen has also appeared at full back until a permanent solution can come in. Whilst other players such as Luke Shaw of Southampton and Zenit St. Petersburg's Domenico Criscito have been linked with moves to White Hart Lane, the recurring name is Coentrao, who was supposedly part of the original offer from Real Madrid to buy Gareth Bale. Coentrao could now be available on loan or for around £15m, which would be smart for AVB.
Alexandre Pato, Corinthians - £15m
Another striker is paramount for a Spurs side that have struggled to find the net so far this season. Roberto Soldado hasn't quite settled yet, whilst Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor appear to be heading for the exit door. Spurs made a late bid to sign Brazil international in August, but Pato confirmed he turned the move down to stay with Corinthians. However, a bust up with manager Tite has Pato heading for the exit, and Spurs look like the perfect place for him to get his career back on track. With Corinthians now looking to sell, Spurs should be able to land him for less than their £18m summer bid.
Spurs aren't quite ready for a title charge, but do look well placed to make a run at the top four, and even more so if they manage to land a few more players. They have an abundance of attacking players already, and the emergence of Andros Townsend has been a welcome surprise, but they still need to be more clinical if they are to secure a Champions League place this season.
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