Mauricio Pochettino has recently been linked with a move for his former Southampton star Jay Rodriguez to add some extra venom to his very limited Tottenham Hotspur front line.
With Roberto Soldado’s future at White Hart Lane still in doubt, the club may need to add at least two additional players to their strike-force in order to relieve pressure on the midfielders who Pochettino may turn to in order to grab goals for the side.
Should Rodriguez make a move to join his former manager, here are FIVE additional players who could follow him to Spurs.
Name: Saido Berahino
Club: West Bromwich Albion
Price: £25 million (asking price)
Saido Berahino could spark a huge bidding war in January as his current form for West Bromwich Albion is exceptional. He has already netted eight goals in 11 appearances and at only 21, he could become a leading striker, especially under the tutelage of someone like Mauricio Pochettino.
The only thing that is standing in the way is that his huge asking price may ward off any offers despite the serious interest. A rather young pairing of Jay Rodriguez and Berahino could fit into the club’s plan as they move forward into the future.
Name: Christoph Kramer
Position: Defensive Midfield
Club: Borussia Monchengladbach (on-loan from Bayer Leverkusen)
Price: £10 – £15 million
Despite having a strong midfield in comparison to their attacking presence, Tottenham Hotspur are lacking a commanding anchorman capable of turning defence into attack very quickly. The club’s technical director Franco Baldini is said to have sent scouts on more than one occasion to track the progress of Christoph Kramer.
His great form during and leading up to the World Cup in Brazil earned him a placed in the starting XI against Argentina in the finals, showing that his manager has a lot of faith in his abilities. If Mauricio Pochettino decides to offload Roberto Soldado in January, his sale could fund a move for the 23-year-old.
Name: Morgan Schneiderlin
Position: Defensive Midfielder
Price: £15 – £18 million
Mauricio Pochettino has been targeting Morgan Schneiderlin ever since he was appointed as the manager of Tottenham Hotspur and could very well make another move for the midfielder. It was believed that he was keen on a switch but was eventually denied an exit.
He has appeared in all of Southampton’s matches this season, scoring three goals in nine. However, if he sees Jay Rodriguez join a host of players exiting the club in the past few months, he could once again look to force a move despite the fact that his side currently sit second in the league.
Name: Winston Reid
Nationality: New Zealand
Club: West Ham United
Price: £4 – £8 million
Winston Reid is currently one of the top defensive targets in the Premier League with Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester United all interested in his signature. He has scored one goal from nine matches and has been a vital force for West Ham United as they sit fourth in the league.
Tottenham Hotspur can easily snap him up in January due to the halt in his contract negotiations with the club, meaning that if the Hammers don’t want to lose him for free in the summer, they will be forced to sell him for a cut price deal. Spurs don’t have the best defensive record, so adding someone like Reid could give them the stability they need.
Name: James Milner
Position: Right Midfield
Club: Manchester City
Price: £5 – £8 million
James Milner’s future at Manchester City is currently in doubt as a number of clubs are considering to accept his plea for regular first team football. With news that he could be facing a club exit, Manuel Pellegrini is trying to keep him happy by letting him feature in a number of matches, yet it is still unclear if he will extend his deal.
His work rate will be seen as a huge asset to Mauricio Pochettino, who is keen to push for a top four finish. Although Spurs currently have a large number of midfielders, a bid around a region of £6million could be very tempting as the club are looking to improve on their form.