Tottenham have been given a boost with the news that Italian champions Juventus have been priced out of the race for Palermo striker Paulo Dybala, who is also attracting interest from rivals Arsenal. Italian newspaper Tuttosport claim that Juventus cannot afford Palermo’s £32m valuation of the Argentinian striker, leaving the north London clubs to battle it out to land his signature. However, should he remain with the Serie A club until the summer, Juventus would be in a position to re-enter the market as they seek a replacement for Carlos Tevez, who will not extend his contract beyond 2016.
A former striker that has returned to Spurs is ex-England international Jermain Defoe, but the 32-year-old is highly unlikely to sign a deal with the club after they confirmed he is only training with the development squad. However, Defoe is interesting a number of Premier League clubs, and will look to maintain his fitness with Spurs during the MLS off-season.
Tottenham: Players linked with a January transfer
Tottenham: Players linked with a January transfer
1/12 Emmanuel Emenike
The pacey Nigerian striker is available for £15m and Spurs are certainly lacking fire power in attack with Harry Kane currently carrying the team by himself. However, the players agent has confirmed that Spurs are yet to make a bid for the player, and Fenerbahce would like to hold on to him until at least the summer.
2/12 Carlos Bacca
Seville's Colombian forward has already scored 10 goals this season for his club and is being lined up by Mauricio Pochettino to join Harry Kane in attack, with current Spurs striker Roberto Soldado a possible make-weight in any move for him.
3/12 Jay Rodriguez
The Southampton midfielder was coveted by Spurs in the last transfer window. Expected to return to action in January after recovering from the ACL knee injury which forced him to miss the World Cup.
4/12 Morgan Schneiderlin
Like Rodriguez, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino knows Schneiderlin all too well from his days as Southampton manager.
5/12 Aly Cissokho
The Aston Villa full-back, who was at Liverpool on loan from Valencia last season, has been linked with a January move to White Hart Lane.
6/12 Ezequiel Lavezzi
The Argentinian forward is understood to be currently unsettled at PSG, having failed to report back for training. Would be Spurs’ marquee signing of the season if it comes off.
7/12 Sergi Samper
Spurs scouts are reportedly looking at the 19-year-old Barcelona midfielder, who has appeared in cup competitions for the Catalan giants. A loan move for the remainder of the season is a possibility.
8/12 Niklas Moisander
The Ajax captain, 29, was at voted Finnish Football of the Year in both 2012 and 2013. The centre-back’s contract runs out at the end of the season.
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10/12 Ezequiel Ponce
The highly-rated 17-year-old Argentinian who plays his club football for Newell’s Old Boys, has reportedly sparked a budding war between Roma and Tottenham.
11/12 Andrej Kramaric
The Belgian striker is also reportedly a £7.5m target for Chelsea. Has scored 21 goals in his first 18 league matches this season for HNK Rijeka.
12/12 Hector Moreno
The Argentine defender, 26, worked under Pochettino at Espanyol during the manager's time with the Spanish club.
One striker who could move to White Hart Lane permanently is Fenerbahce’s Emmanuel Emenike, with Mauricio Pochettino eager to improve his attacking options. However, a report in the Evening Standard suggest that the Turkish side are holding out for his release fee of £15.7m, which could require Spurs to move on players before they can make a move for the Nigerian forward.
HEADING FOR THE EXIT…
£17m flop Paulinho looks to be one his way out of the club for good after the Evening Standard reported that the club are unwilling to let him leave on a loan deal. The Brazilian midfielder’s former club Corinthians are interested in taking the 26-year-old back, but face competition from Cruzeiro, Inter Milan and Schalke for his signature, with the Italian side reported to have had a bid below £10m rejected.
The same report also reveals that Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon will be allowed to leave the club if the right offer comes in, although the Togolese striker’s £100,000-a-week wages could prove a problem.
Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has urged the club to hijack Spurs’ move for Southampton midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin. The Frenchman has been linked with a £20m-plus move to another Premier League team with Spurs said to be leading the way. However, Arsenal are also in the running and Murphy told TalkSport: “He’s only 25 years old. Yes, he’s signed a new contract but you could get him out of Southampton because he’s an ambitious boy. He’s got Premier League experience and wouldn’t need time to adjust. He’s a really good player.”
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