Tottenham Hotspurs, under Andre-Villas Boas, have been doing fairly decently this season. The London outfit is currently third in the premier league points table and has also reached the round of 32 in the UEFA Europa league. Villas-Boas has announced that he is quite happy with his squad and would not be entering the transfer market in January. Despite all his public statements, Spurs have been constantly linked with a couple of players. This might be due to the fact that Spurs are not really in a position of great comfort as Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton look to snatch the all important Champions league spot from them. Moreover, should Spurs qualify for the round of 16, they could potentially clash with Italian heavyweights Inter Milan.
Wesley Sneijder, who is reportedly unhappy with his lack of playing time at Inter Milan, is said to be looking for better opportunities elsewhere. The 28-year old playmaker has started only five games for the Nerazzuri this season. The Serie A club is said to be willing to listen to any offer above 12 million pounds. The Holland international has attracted the interest of many clubs including Manchester United, Schalke and Anzhi Makhachkala and therefore Spurs would probably have to wage a messy financial battle to land him in January.
Highly rated teenaged mid-fielder Will Hughes is also on Spurs’ radar. The 17-year old is currently playing under Nigel Clough for Derby County and is being tracked by Chelsea, Fulham and Arsenal as well. Spurs chairman Daniel Levy, a huge admirer of young talent, has identified him as an investment for the future and is keen to bring him to White Hart Lane. The Spurs management is apparently readying a 10 million pound bid for the starlet to lure him to London before other clubs enter the fray.
Goal-keeper Brad Friedel has signed a contract extension that would keep him in London till the end of the 2013-14 season. The 41-year old American joined Spurs in June 2011. Friedel’s decision is a surprise to many as his position in the starting lineup is being regularly challenged by the French goal-keeper Hugo Lloris. Having spent eigth years at Blackburn and three years at Villa Park before plying his trade for Tottenham, Friedel has been an ever-present face in the premier league.
Andre-Villas Boas is also reportedly keen on offloading some of the fringe players during the winter window. Danny Rose, Carlo Cudicini, Heurelho Gomes, Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley, who have all played only a bit part role this season, could probably get their marching orders in January.
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