Fabio Coentrao (on loan)

According to reports, Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao was left in tears on deadline day after his planned Manchester United move fell through at the last minute.

New Blancos boss Carlo Ancelotti has vowed to bring the Portuguese back into the first team fold following Coentrao’s comments earlier in the summer stating that he’d never felt wanted in the Spanish capital.

But there’s every chance he’ll find himself in a similar position in January, considering he’s been unable to usurp Brazil left-back Marcelo from the first team over the last two years.

Spurs have taken a gamble on Danny Rose as their new No.3 after farming out Benoit Assou-Ekotto to QPR, but AVB may feel he needs more experience for the second half of the season – something Coentrao has in abundance.

The 26 year-old has played in the Champions League, the Europa League and is a regular for the Portugal national team, racking up 39 Caps since 2009.

He’s also incredibly versatile, being capable of playing anywhere along the left flank or in central midfield.

The Real Madrid utility man seems unconvinced regarding a permanent switch to White Hart Lane without the guarantee of Champions League football, but he would be interested in a loan deal until the end of the season if he can’t get a game at the Bernabeu.