WEST BROMWICH ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20: Karl Henry of Wolverhampton Wanderers battles with Peter Odemwingie of West Bromwich Albion during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers at The Hawthorns on February 20 2011 in West Bromwich England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
Only a few weeks left in the transfer window and things are starting to go down. Yesterday we saw the conclusion of the Cesc Fabregas transfer saga as the midfielder moved to Barcelona from Arsenal. Arsenal also appear to be ready to sell Emmanuel Eboue to Galatasary and Samir Nasri to Manchester City. Elsewhere Bolton signed Tuncay Sanil, Jose Enrique left Newcastle for Liverpool, and...ok that's pretty much it.
Tottenham Hotspur actually did make a move this week. Robbie Keane was sold to the MLS and the Los Angeles Galaxy. Neither side has officially said anything about the fee for the Irish striker, but it is widely believed to be in the neighborhood of £3 million. It's a little encouraging to see the Club clearing out some of the deadwood in the squad, but there's still a long way to go.
Thus far Tottenham have raised £8 million through the transfer market, Jamie O'Hara was sold for £5 million to Wolverhampton Wanderers, and given that we've been told we need to sell in order to buy we have at least that much money available. The big thing about the Keane deal is that his wages are off the books as well freeing up £60,000 per week on the wage bill or another £3 million when stretched out over the year.
This week has actually been relatively slow in terms of Spurs rumors or at least in terms of Spurs rumors that we haven't already covered in depth on the site. But I'll do my best to appease your desire for transfer rumors.
Rumors after the jump.DO NOT WANT!!!!: Think of the Arsenal player that you would want the least, now think of the player you would want least after him. That's who we're linked with. That's right, Bakari Sagna (and his stupid haircut) are rumored to be making a move for the Arsenal fullback. Aside from the fact that I'm not a big Sagna fan I think this move makes zero sense. We have 47 right backs in the squad and adding another makes no sense.
#WeNeedAStriker: Peter Odemwingie scored 15 goals last season for West Bromwich Albion and is now looking to cash in with a move to a bigger club. Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp seems interested in bringing the Nigerian striker to the club and may just have the funds to do it given the departure of Robbie Keane. I'm kind of nonplussed by this move, but at the right price it could make sense. Still, it's not exactly the exciting signing most of us were looking for.
#WeNeedAStriker Part 2: Porto stiker Radamel Falcao has added fuel to transfer speculation by stating that he sees his future in England. Chelsea seems, at present, to be the favorite to sign him (and pretty much every other Porto player) given the relationship between the players and new Chelsea manager Andre Villa-Boas. The fee is rumored to be in the neighborhood of £35 million. This would be a nice addition to the team, but I'm not sure of the price. I feel like we could get someone who's a better fit for our tactics for that much money.
From Ukraine With Love: Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Jadson is believed to be a target of Tottenham Hotspur for around £12 million. The 27 year-old Brazilian is also on the radar of Arsenal who, with lots of new money and a need for midfield reinforcements, may be serious rivals for the playmakers signature. Also, theroosevelts unearthed this gem last Friday, but I wanted to discuss it a little more here. Another Shakhtar midfielder, Willian, has also been linked with a move to North London. Again, Arsenal are also interested in the 23 year-old Brazilian, but this time the midfielders price is £15 million. I'd be fairly happy with either of these moves, particularly Willian.
Player We're Not Being Linked With But Should Be: We all know that Tottenham Hotspur love them some Croatians, hence Milan Badelj. Badelj took over for Luka Modric at Dinamo Zagreb when he left for Tottenham Hotspur and I wouldn't mind seeing the 22 year old move to London to again be Modric's understudy. The young Croat scores a little more than Modric and is not nearly as slight at 6'1". This summer he's been linked with moves to S.S. Lazio and Olympique Lyonnais. Spurs could definitely benefit from this addition.
Player We're Actually Going To Sign...This Week: I hate to repeat myself and I used this guy back on July 5th (trust me, I checked), but I'm actually feeling fairly confident Spurs will sign Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers. In the past Owen Coyle has quoted a ridiculously high asking price, one that probably won't be reduced following the England international's performance last weekend. I'm not one of the folks that is convinced we need cover at central defense, particularly such costly cover, but many of you want help at center back and I have a feeling you'll be getting it soon.