EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - JULY 24: Sung Yueng Ki of Celtic scores his side's second goal during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Hibernian and Celtic at Easter Road on July 24, 2011 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
It seems silly to be talking about football transfer rumors when there are much more serious issues going on in London. I'll not comment on the riots other than to say that I hope all our British readers are staying safe.
For some reason there were very few rumors linking Tottenham Hotspur with a move for a striker over the past week. Not even with names that we've heard before. This is especially baffling given that three of Spurs' four strikers have been associated with moves away from White Hart Lane. Perhaps everyone has forgotten that #WeNeedAStriker. Instead, this week we've been linked with a preponderance of central midfielders. A position that has been damaged by injuries and uncertainty, but not an area I feel needs to much strengthening.
Paying the English Premium: Spurs just can't seem to stop being linked with central midfielders. With rumors swirling that Lassana Diarra may be on the way to North London many more reports link Tottenham with other midfielders, including Everton youngster Jack Rodwell. Everton value the 20 year-old at £20 million, which is ridiculous when you consider what some of the other more established players we've been linked with might cost. I think Rodwell is very good and at just 20 he has a bright future ahead of him, but for that price I'm not sure it's a worthwhile move.
Scottish Football Isn't Very Good, Right?: Kevin likes to bag on Scottish football, but apparently the folks have seen something they like in Celtic midfielder Ki Sung-Yueng. The 22 year-old has been an integral part of manager Neil Lennon's squad. The South Korean playmaker might be the ultimate cover for Luka Modric as well as being a potential replacement later down the line. I like this move a lot. I'm not sure how much he would cost us, but let's assume he's about £8-10 million. I'm definitely on board with this.
Would Anyone Like Another Midfielder?: Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with a move for Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva. The 24 year-old is not exactly a fan favorite at Anfield and despite some good performances under new Reds boss Kenny Daglish he still may be on the way out. The Brazilian is valued at £9 million and probably most likely seen as a replacement for either Wilson Palacios or Jermaine Jenas.
Three London Clubs Battling For Brazilian's Signature: Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham are all in pursuit of Shakhtar Donetsk attacking midfielder Douglas Costa. The two Manchester clubs are also said to be interested in the 20 year-old. In two seasons with the Ukrainian team Douglas has scored 12 goals in 52 games. I'm certainly in favor of this move, but only if we sell Giovani Dos Santos, which still hasn't happened. Until then, no matter how good Douglas is he would be surplus to demands at White Hart Lane.
Player We're Not Being Linked With But Should Be: This week I have to pick a striker. Why? Because none of the journalists decided to pick strikers. So, as a pseudo-journalist it's my duty to select a striker for Tottenham to be linked with. This week's striker is Bayer Leverkusen's Stefan Kießling. Hey, no one said it had to be a realistic rumor. The 6'4" German striker has scored 85 goals in 263 appearances with Leverkusen. The 27 year-old score 21 goals in 2009-10, but suffered through a down year last season, scoring only 9 goals, but could still be an asset to Spurs. He certainly wouldn't come cheap, but no good striker ever does.
Player We're Actually Going To Sign...This Week: It seems like we keep mentioning the same names here. I even picked "No one" once. I don't suppose I can do that again, even though it's my firm belief that the Club will not sign anyone before this window closes. So, the player we'll actually sign is Christopher Samba and as unlikely as it may sound I think it will be a part exchange bid that includes David Bentley, Sebastien Bassong, and possibly another player going to Blackburn along with Cash.