While the mooted signing of Internazionale’s Alvaro Pereira didn’t pop up till late on in the January window, you can’t help but feel that this one might have had a little more legs than it was given credit for. Yet if Spurs didn’t shell out for a striker, you can’t imagine there was a cat’s chance in hell AVB was going to get a new left-back.
It’s a slightly sore subject given the amount of love that exists for Benoit Assou-Ekotto within the stands of White Hart Lane, but rumours suggesting that Villas-Boas wouldn’t mind another option at left-back simply refuse to subside.
Having been a crucial part of the Portuguese’s treble winning side at Porto, you can see why Villas-Boas would want to bring in a trusted defensive recruit. Although you can’t imagine the rest of the club’s transfer committee were particularly enamored with the idea of a potential swap-deal