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So, which striker should Spurs actually sign?

Too many times the side from N17 wait until the last possible moment to make their marquee signing thus rendering any last gasp bid from a rival near on irrelevant.

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Silly season around the footballing world has once again kicked off. United look to poach the leagues best of the rest (bar Scott Parker), Chelsea look to off-load half of their decent strike-force as Anelka is, reportedly, on his way out of Stamford Bridge, Manchester City will sign everyone every other team is linked with so they can’t have them and probably sign Nicolas Anelka just for swings and roundabouts while Arsenal contemplate signing a player for more than £1m and will be good next season not in five years time.

It is going to be a busy window for all teams the next few months. Actually, that’s a lie teams will ummm and ahhh over players then sign every player and his grandma with seconds remaining of the transfer window.

Well, maybe not every team of course. Just one will doodally until 11.59 on deadline day then throw all their money at one player in hopes of releasing this player from his employers grasp.

Last minute (kind-of) specialists

I’m talking, of course, about Tottenham Hotspur. Too many times the side from N17 wait until the last possible moment to make their marquee signing thus rendering any last gasp bid from a rival near on irrelevant. When it works, it’s superb. Rafael Van der Vaart was a surprise of the largest proportion but when it doesn’t work, fans are left pulling their hair out.

Charlie Adam was an almost signing in January and, at a time when the club were crying out for a striker, Blackpool’s captain was the closest Spurs came to adding to their lacklustre attacking prowess.

Bids for Sergio Aguero, Diego Forlan and Fernando Llorente fell on deaf ears and, as great the intent was to sign a world class striker, it came far too late for any move to potentially materialise.

So which striker should Spurs sign?

As I mentioned, the coming months is most definitely silly season around the world. Clubs want to strengthen and rebuild and, after Spurs lost out too rivals City in the hunt for fourth place, they will be more active than most this summer.

And it is very important to get active now. The team needs a world class forward to lead the line now more than ever. Defoe, Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Keane couldn’t cut it last season and two, maybe three, of those will be shipped.

If Redknapp is to revert to his now favoured 4-4-1-1 formation, a striker who can lead the line on his own is a must.

Spurs have been linked with a host of big name signings; Didier Drogba, Llorente and Miroslav Klose are to name three. The club have also been linked with the likes of Aguero and Giuseppe Rossi, as good a signing they may, are the types of striker Spurs don’t need to sign.

A good old fashioned number 9 is the way forward now for Spurs. A young world class talent and an experienced head are, reportedly, what Redknapp craves and, should that be true, Klose, Leandro Damiao, Ruud Van Nistelrooy, Romelu Lukaku and Anelka are the types of players Spurs should be looking at. Two of the five would be ideal and three, Lukaku, Leandro and Klose, would be perfect for the club.

But, to secure these signings, Spurs need to act quickly and, perhaps more importantly, discreetly to ensure Redknapp gets his desired strikers otherwise Spurs could have to settle with DJ Campbell and Robbie Keane leading the line next season.

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Serie A giants keeping tabs on Tottenham star who didn’t start the season as first-choice

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AC Milan tracking Serge Aurier as summer exit looms

AC Milan are eyeing a replacement for Davide Calabria after some inconsistent seasons, according to Calciomercato.

The Milan giants haven’t been great this season with their city rivals, Inter, fighting Juventus for top spot in the league.

The report claims that Milan are keeping tabs on several right-backs as they look to replace Calabria, with Serge Aurier on the list. The Ivorian has struggled for consistency this season and didn’t start the campaign as the first-choice either.

Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier during a training session for Tottenham

He did play in our 5-0 win over Red Star Belgrade yesterday, however, the report claims that the 26-year-old can leave in the summer. Milan are also keen on Djibril Sidibe from the Premier League and have targets in France too (h/t Calciomercato).

Aurier’s time with Spurs coming to an end?

It will be interesting to see when Milan make their move for the right-back. A January deal for Aurier might not work given that Tottenham don’t have enough quality cover for the position.

Kyle Walker-Peters is the only senior right-back we have in the team while Juan Foyth can also play in that position.

Serge Aurier
Serge Aurier celebrates scoring for Tottenham

Moussa Sissoko and Davinson Sanchez have also featured there this season but they haven’t impressed. Aurier has failed to make the right-back spot his own since joining from Paris Saint-Germain.

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The Ivorian has been injured several times over the past two seasons, and losing him won’t be much of a problem as long as we bring in a replacement.

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UEFA to investigate how more than 200 Red Star fans made it to Tottenham’s Champions League clash

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UEFA to investigate how Red Star supporters bought tickets for Champions League game

Tottenham kick-started their Champions League campaign after a couple of poor results. Spurs had only one point from the opening two games but destroyed Red Star Belgrade at home 5-0.

Erik Lamela got one goal while Harry Kane and Son Heung-min scored braces as we put up a great display.

However, UEFA will investigate how Red Star fans were able to get tickets for the game (h/t Evening Standard).

Harry Kane
Harry Kane scored twice against Serbian side Red Star

The Serbian fans were banned from attending this clash after being found guilty of racism in previous games, but the report claims that more than 200 of them were able to make their way into the ground.

Police and stewards had to contain the fans and Tottenham were responsible for the ticket sales and segregation of the supporters.

The home side could face sanctions from UEFA unless they can prove they tried not to sell tickets to the wrong fans.

The report adds that Tottenham did not put the Champions League tickets on general sale to avoid them ending up with the Red Star fans. A spokesperson added that Tottenham had launched their own investigation into the issue and action could be taken against the guilty (h/t Evening Standard):

“We have launched a full investigation in order to understand how tickets have been acquired. We shall take the strongest possible action against any individual found to have sold their ticket on.”

There weren’t any major issues during the game but this is a concern given that the tickets weren’t put out for general sale either.

Son Heung-min
Son Heung-min scored a brace against Red Star

Tottenham needed a good win

Spurs had been struggling for most of the season and this win should give us more confidence. Our next game is far from an easy one as we travel to Merseyside and face Liverpool.

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The Reds dropped points against Manchester United on Sunday and if we play to our best ability, we should get something from Anfield.

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Tottenham want Barcelona midfield star in January as Eriksen’s replacement

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Tottenham see Barcelona’s Carles Alena as Christian Eriksen replacement

Tottenham will return in January for Barcelona’s rising star Carles Alena, according to Mundo Deportivo (h/t Daily Star).

The Spaniard broke into the first-team last season but has seen minutes hard to come by this time around.

Alena has only made one La Liga appearance under Ernesto Valverde this season, and the report claims that Spurs wanted to sign him on loan in the summer.

Carles Alena
Carles Alena broke into the Barcelona team last season

The report adds that Tottenham see Alena as a long-term replacement for Christian Eriksen. The Dane is out of a contract at the end of the season and can leave for free in the summer.

The 27-year-old can also speak with foreign clubs in the winter window ahead of a move at the end of the campaign. However, a move to Real Madrid might not take place.

Valverde’s form a problem for Eriksen

The Sun claims that a move to the Spanish capital is in danger due to Federico Valverde’s form for Real. The Uruguayan midfielder has impressed since returning from a loan spell at Deportivo La Coruna.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer

Valverde is seen as the successor to Croatian midfielder Luka Modric and Real might be tempted not to splash big on Eriksen and use the Uruguayan more (h/t Sun).

That would leave the Dane with a major dilemma on his hands. Eriksen had spoken about playing for Real ahead of this season.

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The 27-year-old can also move in the January window on a cut-price deal and it will be interesting to see what happens with the midfielder in the coming weeks.

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Transfer news: Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Tottenham superstar

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Varying reports from Spain highlight Real Madrid’s stance on Christian Eriksen

Christian Eriksen is out of a contract at the end of the season, and Real Madrid seem interested in the Dane.

The midfielder spoke about his desire to play for Los Galacticos before the start of the season but remained at Tottenham. Real seem keen on the 27-year-old but varying reports highlight what their plans are for the Dane.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen after his miss against Colchester in the Carabao Cup

El Desmarque (h/t BBC) claim that Real will offer Isco and Mariano Diaz in hopes of landing Eriksen.

Isco has struggled for regular game time this season and seems to have lost some form, but he is still one of the best in the league. While Diaz could provide some cover for Harry Kane and hasn’t featured for the Spanish giants this season.

That would be a decent deal for Spurs given that Eriksen is a free agent at the end of the season. However, AS (h/t BBC) reports that Real have to sell some fringe players before moving for the Dane.

Getting a swap deal done would be great for Spurs

Tottenham might not get a lot of money from Eriksen’s January sale given that he is a free agent soon.

Christian Eriksen
Christian Eriksen is a free agent in the summer

A swap deal would be great, however, the players might take time to adjust to our plans.

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It will be interesting to see what happens to the Dane, however, we don’t have all the negotiating power given that Eriksen can leave for free at the end of the season.

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