We compile a potential five-man January transfer wish-list for Tottenham Hotspur.
The summer transfer window may have shut, but with modern football the way it is clubs will already be making plans about who they could bring in during the January 2015 window.
Tottenham Hotspur have had an understated window, but they have still added some much needed quality.
Mauricio Pochettino appears to have targeted tightening up a porous defence as his main priority since taking over, with all of Spurs’ summer signings being in this area.
They have made six additions during the window, which seem to enhance the squad even if they are not the most high-profile.
The club have been insistent on getting the best out of the big-money acquisitions which they brought in last year, with Erik Lamela, Ettiene Capoue and Nacer Chadli all looking resurgent under the Argentine boss, but it has led to questions of their ambition.
If Spurs are in amongst the top four candidates in January they could be forced to spend to ensure they have the best chance possible of making it into the Champions League spots and in this piece we look at five potential targets.
Jay Rodriguez [Southampton]
Pochettino is a known admirer of Rodriguez and tried his utmost to get a deal agreed for the Southampton star during this summer window.
The England international offers a lot of qualities which appear to be lacking in Spurs’ current attacking line-up and could be an excellent purchase.
His transfer is January may be easier to secure, too, as Saints shut-up shop after a mass exodus during this transfer window. If their new signings show they can compensate for the void left by the well documented loss of their protagonists, the South-Coast outfit may be more willing to sacrifice another star next year.
Wilfried Bony [Swansea City]
A striker who was linked with almost the entirety of the country’s top clubs this season, Bony has remained at Swansea City to the surprise of many.
The Ivorian is a hulking striker, who can bludgeon his way through defences and thoroughly impressed during his first 12 months in the Premier League last season.
If he keeps up his scoring form at the start of this campaign, interest is sure to peak again and Spurs may well be at the front of the queue unless they can draw goals out of Roberto Soldado, Harry Kane or Emmanuel Adebayor before then.
Christian Benteke [Aston Villa]
A talent who has been rather forgotten about due to his off-colour displays last season and a long-term injury over the summer, Benteke is close to a return and he insists that he is coming back better than ever.
If he is true to his word he will be a major threat to defences across the division and may well thrust his name back onto many managers’ transfer wishlists.
He is a striker who has the credentials to fit the mould at White Hart Lane, if on top form, and he could be available for a price which Spurs deem acceptable.
Memphis Depay [PSV]
The 20-year-old put an end to speculation about his future by singing a new contract this summer, but an extension of a deal is rarely a sign of long-term commitment in modern day football.
The Holland international has started this season in blistering form and if he continues to put in the standard of display he has so far this campaign then he will soon be leaving the Eredivisie.
White Hart Lane looked his most likely destination over the summer and it would be a surprise if Spurs did not repeat their efforts in 2015.
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang [Dortmund]
A player who would be some coup for Spurs, Aubameyang has proven a hit at Dortmund.
However, due to the side’s recent addition of past hero in Shinji Kagawa, he may find his starting place under threat.
The lightening quick attacker was regularly used off the bench last season and his first team opportunities could be even more limited this time around.
He managed 12 goals in the Bundesliga last season and his pace would make him a perfect fit for the fast tempo style of football Spurs have been playing under Pochettino.