Should Tottenham take the hit and compromise over deals?

RedknappIn the upcoming January transfer window, Tottenham are likely to offload a couple of their players to fund the purchase of new signings. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp knows that he has to sell before he can buy, but he is in no mood for letting his stars leave on the cheap. However, the last thing Tottenham need is deals that drag on throughout the transfer window. But should Spurs make some sacrifices and take knock-down prices, so that they can bring in reinforcements of their own in January?

Harry Redknapp would not have been overly concerned by the news released by Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy last week that Spurs will have to sell players to finance the singing of new stars. Harry is not averse to a spot of wheeling and dealing and he himself knows that there are a couple of players in Tottenham’s squad that they wouldn’t overly miss if they were to leave in January. So there are bound to be a couple of players leaving White Hart Lane in the New Year, and Spurs will be keen to get the deals done as quickly as possible. However, there is no point in offloading players if they receive derisory offers for them and thus there is a fine line for Tottenham to tread.

David Bentley and Roman Pavlyuchenko are more than likely to both be heading for the exit and Tottenham won’t recoup anywhere near the £30 million they shelled out for the pair. Nevertheless, Harry Redknapp will want to bring in as much money as possible and won’t sell players just for the sake of it. In reference to Bentley and Pavlyuchenko, Redknapp told Sky Sports that “they are not going cheap and are both good players.” He further stated that “it is up to the chairman and whether he gets the money and it is the right offer. I would not let them go cheaper. Otherwise you end up giving them all away.” Whilst Redknapp is essentially correct in what he is saying, is it not sometimes best to just cut your losses?

I think that it all depends on the players that Spurs receive bids for as to whether they should stand firm on the prices that they want to sell for. In regards to Bentley and Pavlyuchenko, although there is no point just selling them for the sake of it, they should recognise that they are going to make a loss on them and accept any bid close to £10 million for each of them. However, if they were to receive offers for Alan Hutton and Jermaine Jenas, then they could hold out for more money as Spurs are in a position where they don’t need to sell a whole raft of players. But the quicker Tottenham sell, the quicker they can bring in their transfer targets and therefore maybe Spurs shouldn’t just hold out for the best deal.

Tottenham should be wary of a situation where it comes towards the end of January and they are still haggling on the fees that they are demanding for some of their players. Spurs would be well advised to avoid dragging transfers in to the final hours of the transfer window and end up missing the boat on the players that they want to sign. Thus Harry will have to reach a compromise between achieving the best deal and getting money on the table as quickly as possible. But is there a case for Spurs to just cut their losses and offload their perceived deadwood straight away so that Redknapp has money in the transfer kitty to spend in January?

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