LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 03: Kyle Walker of Spurs in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Bolton Wanderers at White Hart Lane on December 3, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Well, It's been a bit of a slow week really in terms of Tottenham Hotspur transfer rumors. Though, I have to say I will always remember this week as the week that Sky Sports News completely forgot to fact check a transfer rumor. I make up transfer rumors all the time in this post, but I at least make sure that the player that I'm referring to actually exists and is legitimately good or at least decent.
Anyways, this weeks rumors feature a lot of outgoing players and not so much in terms of players coming in. I suppose that makes sense, what with Harry Redknapp saying we won't be making any additions to the squad in January, the press is probably just deciding it's not worth the trouble to make up Spurs related rumors. Right? Right?
Spurs Player On Real Madrid's Radar: It's not the player you think either. Sure, Gareth Bale might be a good addition to Jose Mourinho's side, but it is actually English right back Kyle Walker that has attracted the attention of the Spanish giants. The Metro claims that Daniel Levy would want at least £20 million in order to open negotiations. How about that? Last January Walker left the Championship to go on loan to Aston Villa. This January he may be making a big money move to Madrid. Sure. That'll happen.
More Rumors After The Jump.Comrade Pavlyuchenko Is Returning To The Motherland: Tottenham Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko seems to be edging ever closer to a move back to Russia. With the Russian league entering it's weird playoff stage in March it makes sense that Russian teams will be queuing up for Pav's services. Lokomotive Moscow seem to have agreed to terms with Pav. The move is rumored to be for £7.7 million, which isn't exactly the best return on the £13 million we invested in him. I honestly think Levy can find a way to get £10 million for Pav. I don't know why I believe that. I just have an irrational amount of faith in our chairman.
Obligatory Gareth Bale Rumor Goes Here: Yes, Gareth Bale is still interesting to many clubs. Apparently, he is most interesting to Italian clubs. Juventus are said to be willing to offer up to £25 million for Bale. This is funny for several reasons. First, I'm not entirely sure The Old Lady need Bale. Second, £25 million? Are you kidding me. Levy is going to want double that. He's never going to get that and Bale will someday leave on a free, but for now we want £50 million pounds. Suck on that Juventus! I always liked Torino better.
Leandro Damiao Won't Be Joining Spurs...In January: Internacional president Giovanni Luigi says Leandro Damiao will be staying with the club for the beginning of the Brazilian season. Allow me to vent about the Brazilian League for a second. You're not as good as you think you are. Yes, there are some amazing clubs in Brazil. Some of them might be able to compete against some of Europe's better sides. You, however, cannot offer players the financial benefit of playing in Europe. Sure, Pele never went to Europe, but he played in the NASL, which is even dumber. By the way, can Pele just stop being a thing? I get it, you were amazing at football. Now, stop giving Neymar bad advice and just shut the hell up. Rant over.
Again With The Dutch Players?: Tim Krul is the latest Dutch player to be linked with Tottenham Hotspur. I don't see this happening at all. If, however, the Magpies suffer a drop in form due to the loss of Steven Taylor (for the season) and Fabricio Coloccini (for a week or two) there may be some incentive to sell. I think that Mike Ashley thinks he has the building blocks to get the club competing for the top four and will be unwilling to part with Krul unless a big money offer is made. I like Krul, but there are solutions that are just as effective that will come at a much lower price.
Player We're Not Being Linked With But Should Be: Our new series Daniel Levy's Imaginary Shortlist is starting this week, so I'm quickly going to run out of players to link us with. This week I'm going to throw out a name that may come as a surprise to many of you. It's Sebastian Larsson. Sunderland are in upheaval. Martin O'Neil has been brought in to right the ship, but that may not happen. Spurs should have looked at Larsson when he was available on a free this summer. They didn't and now they'd have to pay the Black Cats a fair amount of money for the Swede's services. He'd be good competition for Lennon and let's be honest, we know the guy can get it done in the Premier League. He's also a bit more inventive the Steven Pienaar. Sounds good, right?
Player We'll Actually Sign...This Week: Unfortunately, all signs continue to point toward Gary Cahill. I was among the minority that wasn't interested in his services over the summer and given his performances in the league this year I feel vindicated. Sure, his sending off against Spurs was a bit harsh, but that doesn't make him any better. However, Harry Redknapp is enamored with him (not that that means anything, because Levy signs the players). I, for one don't feel like Central defense is a pressing issue for us. With the return of William Gallas to fitness we now how 3 (3.5 if you count Sebastien Bassong) competent center halves. Eventually, Michael Dawson will be healthy and then we'll be fine.