Reports yesterday claimed that Tottenham are plotting an audacious move to beat bitter rivals Arsenal to the signature of Dani Alves. The Brazilian superstar is set to leave Barcelona in January as his contract nears its end, with Spurs ready to splash around £7m to ensure that the white half of north London becomes his new home, rather than the red half.
But even if Daniel Levy can pull off a deal for the veteran right-back there’s still plenty of work to be done at White Hart Lane, with a stuttering start to the season having left the Lilywhites in the bottom half of the table after 11 games. With a top four finish the aim, here are FIVE players who could salvage Spurs’ season.
A summer-long pursuit of the Frenchman ended in disappointment as Southampton opted to hold onto their man, but that has not put Spurs off just yet. Reports have suggested that Mauricio Pochettino remains desperate to nab his former star, and despite the Saints’ blistering start to the campaign a January swoop is not out of the question.
Impressive as the man ‘running the midfield’, Tottenham could certainly use the 24-year-old’s influence in the centre of the park, with the likes of Etienne Capoue and Paulinho having struggled to adapt to English football.
A somewhat left-field target, Gutierrez is a player on Spurs’ radar. The River Plate attacker impressed at the World Cup with Colombia over the summer and is believed to be a player the Londoners’ scouting network has been impressed by.
A fiery forward, the 29-year-old has been prolific in Argentina since joining the Buenos Aires side last year, where he is considered to be one of the top flight’s best talents. Most of Gutierrez’s career has been spent in South and Central America, but he did have a short spell in Europe with Trabzonspor in 2010/11.
A key member of Borussia Monchengladbach’s rise over the course of the past couple of seasons, Herrmann is widely seen as one of the Bundesliga’s most promising wingers. His impressive displays have caught the eye of Pochettino, who is keen to add the German starlet to his ranks.
The 23-year-old has already hit six goals in all competitions this term, demonstrating his ability to drift in from wide positions to support his strikers, which is likely to appeal to ‘Poch’ given that only Harry Kane has been in good form so far this term.
Another one of Pochettino’s former charges in the shape of Rodriguez is a January target at White Hart Lane. A serious knee injury has ruled the versatile forward out of action for much of 2014, but a first-team return this winter is expected. Even with his fitness a concern, ‘Poch’ is keen to link up with the England international once again as he plots to add more invention to his side and transfer the work ethic he had on the South Coast over to north London.
The Premier League’s top scoring Englishman, Berahino is set to be the subject of big bids in January, despite talk of West Brom attempting to tie him down to a new contract. The 21-year-old’s seven strikes to help the Baggies into a steady midtable slot have been enough to earn the Burundi-born hit-man a first international call-up, with his debut sure to come against either Slovenia or Scotland in the coming week.
Big money will be needed to lure the pacey ace away from the Hawthorns, but he would certainly be an upgrade on Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor.