JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 02: Jorge Fucile of Uruguay tackles Samuel Inkoom of Ghana during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Uruguay and Ghana at the Soccer City stadium on July 2 2010 in Johannesburg South Africa. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
After taking a look at this rumor, I think it's probably a complete load of garbage, but it's fun to talk about anyway. According to Dnipro and Ghana right back Samuel Inkoom, multiple English clubs are interested in arranging a transfer for him, with Tottenham Hotspur being one of them. The other team mentioned in the Sky Sports post are West Ham United, who, of course, have just been relegated. I know the weather in Ukraine sucks and the football is just okay, but surely playing for Dnipro beats playing in the Championship.
So, let's go through this rumor by asking a few questions that we need to answer to determine whether or not this makes any sense.
1. Do Tottenham Hotspur need this player?
For the most part, yes. He is a very athletic and young right back who can get forward and put in a cross. He has also proven on a couple occasions with Ghana that he can play as a defensive-minded right midfield player. Alan Hutton is going to be leaving, Kyle Naughton probably isn't Spurs quality, and Vedran Corluka isn't the same kind of player at all. Inkoom is slightly more experienced than Kyle Walker and would push him for playing time. He's not a necessity, but we could use him.
2. Is this financially reasonable?
Doubtful. Inkoom moved to Dnipro from FC Basel less than a year ago for $10 million in U.S. dollars. Why would Dnipro let him go without at least getting their money back?
3. Would Dnipro let the player go?
Probably not. They just bought him, after all. Dnipro did well enough last season to advance directly to the playoff round of the UEFA Europa League, so they probably want to keep all of their good players. Now that Inkoom will be going through pre-season training and starting the season with Dnipro - if he's not sold, that is - he'll be comfortable with the team and a great player for them.
Inkoom had a great African Cup of Nations in 2010, a solid World Cup in his limited playing time six months after that, and he was awesome in his time at Basel. I didn't get to see him play for Dnipro at all, but even if he was poor, he was settling into a completely different league and culture while coming into a team halfway through the season. He's a very good young player and I think he'd be a great fit at Spurs, but it seems unlikely that Dnipro would let him go for less than, say, £7m. I don't think Harry would want to pay that price.