Kevin Phillips has revealed that he “can see” Tottenham Hotspur making a move for Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira ahead of his contract expiring next summer (via Football Insider).
The 2014 World Cup winner recently admitted that he is an admirer of both Jose Mourinho and the Premier League. He has previously worked under the Portuguese manager during their time at Real Madrid together. Indeed, the Spurs boss is equally as fond of the 33-year-old and praised him for being the best in his position back in 2012.
Despite the attraction of the holding midfielder becoming available on a free contract and Mourinho already knowing him well, signing him would only complicate matters in the Spurs engine room.
As it stands, the north Londoners already have a situation on their hands as Harry Winks is said to be considering an exit from the club. Since the arrival of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, the England international has been elbowed out of the starting lineup. Winks has played just four Premier League fixtures this season, with his most recent one coming in the form of a 17 minute cameo appearance. He has since been completely left out of Mourinho’s squad on the last three occasions (via Transfermarkt).
The 24-year-old still has a lot to give to Spurs and will provide healthy competition for Hojbjerg as well as crucial backup for any midfield injuries. He is also a lot younger than Khedira, who hasn’t featured at all for Juventus this season. Last term he missed a total of 31 matches for the Serie A giants through injury and has a running history of knee problems, which could further hinder his career whilst trying to adhere to the physicality of the Premier League.
So whilst the lure of signing a World Cup and Champions League winner for free may be appealing to the club, Tottenham will only add to their defensive midfield conundrum if they move for Khedira in January.