It’s been a quiet window so far for Tottenham Hotspur, but that doesn’t stop the rumblings of potential movement. There’s still time left in the January window however and players continue to be linked with moves in and out. Let’s have a recap of the rumours from the past week, and separate the fact from the fiction.
Andros Townsend. How Likely to Leave? 9/10
He’s been a stand-out performer for the U21’s in recent weeks, and since his exile from the first-team squad Townsend’s professionalism has been exemplary. However, it would appear that there is no way back into Pochettino’s plans for the 24-year-old winger.
Watford and West Brom have been accredited with interest, but a move north to Newcastle seems to be the most likely destination for academy graduate Townsend. The Magpies have been active already in this window, adding Henry Saivet and Jonjo Shelvey to their squad as they seek to avoid relegation. Levy is demanding around £14 million for the outcast Andros. And whilst some clubs have balked at this fee, it seems Newcastle may be willing to offer Levy what he wants.
This move would be beneficial for all parties. Tottenham get a sizeable fee for a player not in their plans. Newcastle get an England international who’s quality would improve their chances of survival hugely. And for Townsend himself, the opportunity to play regular Premier League football as he seeks to force his way back into Roy Hodgson’s plans for the looming European Championships.
This deals seems to be well in motion, as it benefits all involved. Expect Townsend to swap White Hart Lane for St. James’ park before the end of January.
Saido Berahino. How likely to Join? 7.5/10
Every football fan in the country and his dog are aware of Tottenham’s long standing interest in West Brom’s rebel striker Saido Berahino. Tottenham attempted multiple bids over the summer as they sought to provide Harry Kane with some support up top. Spurs thought they had their man but West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace dug his heels in and rejected every bid. Despite the fact many felt Tony Pulis and other members of the West Brom staff were happy to see him leave.
This led to a public falling out between Berahino and Peace and a very uncomfortable feeling at the midlands club throughout the season so far. The feeling is that Pulis would be happy to see Berahino leave the club, freeing up transfer funds for himself and getting rid of a perceived negative influence. However with Jeremy Peace in charge a deal may still be difficult. His stubbornness and adamants not to get ‘Levy’d’ in this deal may actually be harming his own club. On the pitch and financially, as the asset he holds is ever decreasing in potential value.
Despite this, Tottenham’s desperation for a striker means Berahino remains the number one target. If Levy digs a bit deeper into his pockets, and Peace can swallow a portion of his pride, Berahino could end up in Lilywhite yet.
A bit of a lazy link coming out of Spain. Reports have emerged that Spurs have bid in excess of £20 million for Atletico Madrid forward Jackson Martinez. This is a link that seems to crop whenever there’s a slow news day. The Colombian hitman has been linked with a move to Spurs since his time in Mexico, but a move now seems more unlikely than ever.
Martinez moved to Atletico Madrid in the summer from Portuguese giants Porto. However the striker has failed to live up to expectations, managing only 3 goals in his first 6 months at the Madrid club. At 29 years of age and currently in the poorest season of his career, it’s hard to imagine Martinez has the type of target that Pochettino would like to add to his young squad. Even with a striker has the priority this window, it’s highly unlikely that Martinez will be the answer to this particular conundrum.
By Josh Smith