Five players Tottenham may target to replace their departing stars

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With a big squad at White Hart Lane, it seems manager Tim Sherwood is looking to trim the numbers in North London.

Lewis Holtby, Etienne Capoue, Kyle Naughton, Nacer Chadli and Erik Lamela could all be heading out of the exit door, despite four of them only arriving at the club in the last 12 months, whilst striker Jermain Defoe has already agreed a deal with MLS side FC Toronto.

The emergence of Nabil Bentaleb and rejuvenation of striker Emmanuel Adebayor have been welcome boosts to Sherwood, but with so many seemingly heading for the exit, here are five players that he may look to bring in this month.

Karl Darlow

The Nottingham Forest goalkeeper has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane over the past week, with the 23-year-old playing a key role in Forest's impressive season so far, with Billy Davies' side sitting in fifth place.

Hugo Lloris isn't about to be replaced any time soon, but landing a promising stopper will help Spurs plan for the future - particularly with Heurelho Gomes and Brad Friedel set to leave or retire.

Rumours suggest that manager Tim Sherwood would loan Darlow back for the rest of season to continue his development at the City Ground, before joining up with Tottenham in the summer.

Joleon Lescott

Former Everton centre back Lescott has been on the fringes of the Manchester City team for some time now, with manager Manuel Pellegrini preferring to play Vincent Kompany with either Martin Demichelis or youngster Matija Nastasic in the heart of the defence.

With the World Cup just months away, 31-year-old Lescott knows that this will be his last chance to feature at a World Cup for England, and needs to be playing first team football to attract Roy Hodgson's attention. A loan move until the end of the season would not only land him regular playing time, but also shore up a Spurs defence that has been leaky at times.


One of the most perplexing things about Spurs' summer spending spree was that Andre Villas-Boas failed to bring a left back to the club, despite allowing Benoit Assou-Ekotto to leave the club.

Fabio Coentrao was linked with the club as part of the deal that saw Gareth Bale head to Real Madrid, but that never materialised, leaving Danny Rose and Kyle Naughton to share duties at left back, along with Jan Vertonghen.

Adding a natural left back has to be a priority for Spurs, and young Brazilian Dodo is a sensible choice having worked with technical director Franco Baldini at his current club Roma. With ability now and potential to grow, Dodo could be a smart signing.

Mirko Vucinic

The Montenegrin forward has been linked with Manchester United recently, but would struggle to break into the team at Old Trafford, whereas he could become a key fixture of Sherwood's side at White Hart Lane.

Spurs needed another striker before the departure of Jermain Defoe to FC Toronto, and could conceivably target two strikers this month.

Vucinic is versatile in that he can play out wide as well as up front and behind the striker. He's a skilful, creative player who could add a different dimension to the Spurs frontline and has been linked as part of a swap for Lamela.

Dimitar Berbatov

Ex-Spurs man Berbatov is reportedly unhappy at Fulham, and could leave the club for as little as £2m this month. He may be somewhat similar to Emmanuel Adebayor with his laid back approach, but the Bulgarian has a touch of quality that Spurs have been lacking up front this season.

With Berbatov's contract expiring and his 33rd birthday approaching at the end of the month, Spurs wouldn't need to pay much and wouldn't have to commit to a long term deal with the striker, instead strengthening their striking ranks for the short-term, which is what Sherwood may want until they can get more quality during the summer window.

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