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Who should be on Spurs' summer transfer list

6:58 pm
Harry Redknapp was quick to suggest that the recent successful season would not be followed by a busy summer in the transfer market. Tottenham's manager may be largely happy with his squad, but he is not one to let attractive transfer options pass him by, therefore, there will surely be some new arrivals at Spurs over the coming months as the club prepares to return to European football.

The return of the loanees (Robbie Keane, Alan Hutton, Giovani dos Santos and Jamie O'Hara) will not feel like new additions, as they are likely to leave again, especially as their combined market value is at least £20-25 million.

This would allow Redknapp to dabble in the transfer market to a greater extent than he is seemingly planning to - one big money move for a star player has been hinted at. But what does the team actually need? Tottenham's football betting odds suggest they should be looking to fight for glory on four fronts, so clearly reinforcements are needed.

A different back-up goalkeeping option to Carlo Cudicini is required, although the Italian has signed a new contract, suggesting his injury problems are not a long-term issue. An alternative, perhaps David James, would not prove too expensive, and let's face it, I can't see him wanting to join Spurs if he's going to be 2nd or 3rd in the Spurs Goalkeeping pecking order.

The defence seems well-settled, especially if and when Jonathan Woodgate returns to fitness. Indeed, the manager's apparent satisfaction with his squad applies to all areas, with the only area in real need of improvement being central midfield.

The work permit dependant signing of Sandro will help competition for places, but the team's engine room was short of goals last term and some creative talent needs to be brought in. The potential departures of Jermaine Jenas and David Bentley would make more funds for fees and wages available. Do you want Bentley and Jenas to leave?

Joe Cole's future at Chelsea is still not settled and the presence of Redknapp and Champion's League football at Spurs might prove alluring to a player feeling undervalued at Stamford Bridge. He could still star for England in the Football World Cup 2010 and is by no means passed his best, although he has suffered a great deal from injuries in the last 18 months. Let's not forget that Joe Cole is only 28 and should be at his peak. Stephen Ireland is another player who has slipped out of favour and both players' clever movement and eye for goal would be attractive to the manager. I'd prefer Ireland over Cole, but then again, knowing how Harry works, we could buy the two of them!

The future at Spurs is bright and Redknapp should have no trouble in persuading potential major signings that they should be a part of it.

Anyone else heard the rumour that Edin Dzeko's agent, Irfan Redzepagic, was in London this weekend, possibly meeting up with Daniel Levy?

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Huge Desires

10:07 am
I thought Daniel Levy was the Tottenham Hotspur Chairman? I was mistaken. It now seems that Mr. Pavlyuchenko is the Chairman of the Board.

“I am prepared to accept any decent offer from Russia”, said our new Chairman.

Coming back to reality; it looks as though our Cameron Diaz lookalike is so eager to leave us, he's bypassed all forms of control at White Hart Lane. If the statement that appeared in the Mirror is accurate, it seems as though Daniel Levy nor Harry Redknapp have any say in the matter. If a club meets his demands, well, he'll be off and that's that!

In other news, it looks as though Mark Hughes is mad enough to spend around £8 million on David Bentley. This story appeared on transfer deadline day, but nothing came of it. We were apparently interested in signing their left winger, Petrov, but Hughes pulled the plug.

I actually believed that story to. There were so many circulating on that day that it was hard to keep up, but after reading statements from Petrov himself, it was clear that our Harry was in for him. I still wouldn't mind it if he joined us this time round. He's been one of the better performers in the Man Sheikh side and if Harry is to carry out his plan of world domination, he needs all the players he can muster.

Getting rid of Bentley and his reported £50,000 per week pay package wouldn't be bad business either.

Whilst we're on the subject of City; if I was Harry, I would make a cheeky bid for their central midfielder, Stephen Ireland. He's not been the same player this season, but that's largely due to the tactics employed by his boss. The Irish player simply doesn't fit into the playing style Hughes has set up.

Ireland is one player that I do admire and I believe he could slot in right next to Sgt. Wilson. Saying that, it looks as though Harry is adamant, in that he wants another strong-ironed central midfielder in alongside Palacios with the wingers providing the attacking flair (cue Petrov).

The fire sale that's been widely reported to be taking place in Madrid, has had us linked with all and sundry, as is always the case. If Harry is looking at players in the Sandro and Muntari ilk, maybe he should bid for Mahamadou Diarra?

Some sites are commenting on the fact that Harry has shown interest in Manchester United's bench warmer, Ben Foster. I've got nothing else to add to this nonsense, so I'll leave it there.
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