Transfer Bin: Luke Shaw to join Tottenham in January

Highly coveted Southampton left-back to join Spurs? Don’t bet on it…

Next up in the HITC Transfer Bin series is a story which has appeared this morning in the Sunday People.

The point of the feature that was launched last week is to filter through mainstream transfer rumours, deciphering the context of high profile deals and explaining why they are realistically not going to happen.

Luke Shaw leaving Southampton is not a news story and neither is the suggestion that the teenage defender will move to White Hart Lane, but the report suggests Spurs will make an offer for the youngster this January.

Tottenham have a problem at left-back with Danny Rose injured and Benoit Assou-Ekotto on loan at Queens Park Rangers so stories linking them with left-back replacements are not surprising.

However, there are problems with this story starting with the fact that Shaw signed a new five-year contract with his current employers last summer, meaning he has a deal with the Saints until 2018.

Unless the teenager was deliberately trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Southampton, that would have been a completely pointless deal to sign if he was thinking about the idea of bigger and better things.

This is also a player who has been quite public over ignoring rumours which have connected him to some very big English clubs including current Premier League champions Manchester United.

The way Southampton are playing at the moment is very significant because under Mauricio Pochettino, the current side is playing some of the best tactical football in the Premier League.

The Saints are currently third, three points off league leaders Arsenal, two ahead of Tottenham and five points ahead of Manchester United.

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The ultimate aim for Shaw will be to play European football in the Champions League but he could well consider himself to have a better chance of achieving that currently than he’d have if he took the plunge and moved to Tottenham this winter.

Tottenham’s finances are also interesting to look at because the club spent well over £100 million on new players last summer. Even if the Saints were willing to do a deal for Shaw, it would not be cheap because of how effective and consistent he’s proven to be at a young age.

The Saints would likely demand a huge fee for a youngster who could easily become England’s main left-back in the near future and whether Daniel Levy would be willing to commission a massive deal for a teenager is questionable.

Shaw has no reason or desire to move and when Rose returns to full fitness, Tottenham won’t have a need for another left-back.

Verdict: About a 1% chance of this deal happening

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