Tottenham are ready to launch moves for a trio of Championship players in the hope of finding the next Dele Alli, as revealed by the Independent.
Spurs have already been linked with a move to sign Coventry City midfielder James Maddison, and now both Moussa Dembele of Fulham and Charlton Athletic’s Ademola Lookman have cropped up on Mauricio Pochettino’s wish list. The Spurs manager has already put his faith in youth, with the likes of Alli, Harry Kane and Ryan Mason flourishing throughout the Argentine’s reign at White Hart Lane.
However, one January target that Spurs risk missing out on is Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, with north London rivals Arsenal reported to be leading the race to sign the Leicester left-back.
The Sun claim that the Gunners are ready to up their £3m summer bid, which was rejected by the Foxes, to £4m in the hope of signing Chilwell, while Liverpool are also interested in the 19-year-old. However, Leicester are determined to keep hold of the young protégé, and will offer him a new contract in the hope of persuading the England youth player to stay at the King Power Stadium.
Tottenham’s move for West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has been put on hold temporarily as Spurs await a signal from the Baggies over whether they are willing to negotiate a deal for the England Under-21 international, according to the Evening Standard.
Big January transfers that may go through this week
Big January transfers that may go through this week
1/6 Loic Remy - Chelsea to Leicester City, £11.5m
The ex-QPR and Newcastle striker look set to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge. The signing of Brazillian forward Alexandre Pato means that the French international is now considered surplus to requirements at the champions. Whilst Newcastle and Crystal Palace has been interested in the player he now looks set to be heading to high-flying Leicester City. An £11.5m bid from Claudio Ranieri is expected to mean that Remy will join Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez at the King Power stadium.
2/6 Alex Teixeira - Shakhtar Donetsk to Liverpool, £30m
Jurgen Klopp, the Liverpool manager, is in the midst of an injury crisis at Anfield with Daniel Sturridge, Danny Ings and Divock Origi all out. January is a notoriously challenging time to do business of this magnitude so the Reds’ offer for Shakhtar Donetsk forward Alex Teixeira should be commended. Scoring 15 goals in just 22 appearances for the Ukrainian outfit, Liverpool have already failed with two offers, worth £24.5m and £28m respectively, as the transfer window hurtles along. Expect Klopp to go in with a late bid before deadline day.
3/6 Mathieu Debuchy - Arsenal to Sunderland or Aston Villa, six-month loan
Sunderland have reportedly joined fellow Premier League strugglers Aston Villa in the race to sign Mathieu Debuchy. The Arsenal full-back has fallen out-of-favour at the Emirates this season and will be allowed to leave on loan if the Gunners receive a financial package which matches their valuation. Remi Garde, the Villa manager, has pursued Debuchy’s signature all month but has been frustrated with the lack of progress made.
4/6 Saido Berahino - West Brom to Newcastle or Tottenham, £23m
The unsettled West Bromwich Albion striker is stirring for a move away from the Hawthorns. Tottenham had two bids rejected for the forward in the Summer but are yet to move in for the former England Under 21s man. Whilst Spurs may move late on deadline day to secure a deal they could also face competition from Newcastle. Steve McClaren is thought to be interested in bringing Berahino to the club to form an English triumvirate with Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend. However, Albion chairman Jeremy Peace is thought to be unwilling to sell to a relegation rival.
5/6 Eder - Sampdoria to Leicester City, £10m
Leicester City have been linked with a £10m move for Sampdoria and Italy striker Éder as manager Claudio Ranieri looks for a new forward to spearhead their title challenge. The Foxes are three points clear atop of the Premier League table following the 3-0 demolition of Stoke City on Saturday, but recently offloaded Andrej Kramarić on loan to Hoffenheim for the rest of the season. Sky Sports Italia report Leicester are prepared to meet Sampdoria’s valuation for the 29-year-old, who has scored twice in eight appearances for the Azzurri.
6/6 Renato Sanches - Benfica to Manchester United, £30m
The name of Benfica midfielder Renato Sanches has dominated most of Manchester United's transfer talk in the window's closing stages. The youngster has a £60million release clause but the Portuguese club may be willing to strike a deal for half that amount.
Having seen four bids rejected in the summer, the most expensive of which totalled more than £20m, Spurs are believed to be considering their options in the transfer market and could hold off another move for Berahino until the summer.
The striker is currently out of West Brom manager Tony Pulis’ first-team and has had to make do with a place on the substitutes’ bench since the end of October, when he last started a Premier League encounter.
West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace is determined to hold out for around £25m if the forward is to leave this month, but Spurs are said to be willing to make a deadline day move is Peace lowers his asking price closer to the £15m mark.