It appears that Harry Redknapp’s claim that it is to be a quiet January for Tottenham is set to ring true, as the North Londoners have been frustrated by high wage demands, teams failing to meet their asking prices, while a certain Brazilian club have moved the goalposts over the sale of Sandro. Unfortunately that is the nature of having a ridiculous transfer window, which breeds nothing but greed as clubs look to utilise other’s desperation.
To be honest it isn’t just at Tottenham and it has been a quiet time for all Premier League clubs and most of Europe in general and the authorities have to really question the whole significance of a transfer window with no real business taking place. It has always been a racket, however at this time the clubs are no longer buying into it.
The failure to capture Sandro appears to be the most frustrating aspect for Tottenham as a culmination of events appears to have scuppered a deal. I’m sure when Tottenham undertook this agreement with Internacional that it would pave the way for potential transactions, notably Sandro, to run smoothly; however judging by Carvalho’s comments last week Spurs have failed to iron issues with this link up hence why the Brazilians are playing hard ball over the players release. My own view is that I fail to see how a man as scrupulous as Daniel Levy would leave any t’s uncrossed in such an agreement, therefore I wonder given the form of Sandro as to whether one of the European big boys has perhaps promised to pay up big money in the summer.
It just seems strange to me that a deal that was close to completion in the summer would still be dragging as we reach the last week of the window. Harry said in December that central midfield is an area that needs addressing as he only had three at his disposal (especially when one is Jenas). I’m sure he probably thought he had this one in the bag and like most fans is bemused that it didn’t go through; however the decision needs to be made as to whether Redknapp makes do with the three and looks to retain Jamie O’Hara, or does he go out this week and attempt to bring someone in with a last minute deal. It is a real dilemma for Harry to face, especially as there is a Champions League place in the offing. Man United were screwed over in the summer when they made a move for Costa by Gremio and it appears that Tottenham have now faced a similar outcome with Internacional.
Is the centre of midfield strong enough at White Hart Lane, or does Harry need to bring in reinforcement?
Written By Lee Burgess