Alvaro Pereira could be on his way to Turkey in January - after admitting a desire to play there.
One area in which Tottenham Hotspur did not, but perhaps should have, improved this summer gone was at left-back. With Benoit Assou-Ekotto out of favour and out on loan, Danny Rose injured and Jan Vertonghen continually peeved at having to play the wide role - it was certainly a position that needed to be looked at in the summer.
But other than the arrival of Zeki Fryers Spurs failed to address the situation - and recently found themselves wanting.
With that in mind many a name was linked with a move to Spurs in the January window - in order to fill that left-back gap.
One such name was Alvaro Pereira of Inter Milan.
The Uruguayan had worked with Andre Villas-Boas at FC Porto - and has not exactly enjoyed his time with Inter Milan since a €10 million switch in August 2012.
With that in mind he was considered available in January - and Spurs were the team heavily linked with his signature.
When AVB got the sack the other day - that almost certainly killed the hope he might be arriving to shore up those left-back problems in January, the fact he can play at right-back also makes him an excellent signing.
Now he has his eyes on a different destination. Pereira, speaking to Turkish radio station ‘RadyoSpor’, announced his hope of one day playing in Turkey - news that Besiktas, Fenerbahce, Trabzonspor and Galatasaray would be very pleased to hear:
“There's the World Cup, I have to play a lot to earn my call. Turkey is a beautiful country, I'd like to play there.”
Seems that Tottenham will have to consider other options to solve their shortage of left-backs this season.
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