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Is there a benefit in signing Holtby now?

Is there a benefit in signing Holtby now?

It has been suggested that Lewis Holtby could be allowed to join Spurs in this window as opposed to waiting until the summer. Is this an advantage to both player and our club?

Of course the easy answer is a yes, but at a suggested £1.6m, plus his wages, whether his current £30,000 or the wages offered under his new deal, it represents money the Daniel Levy may not have calculated in his budget and similarly has AVB a real need for him now, even if Adebayor has a month in South Africa?

Add the basic wage and we are adding at least two and a half million to our costs, perhaps nearer three if he is paid at around the 65 grand we are supposed to be paying, however that also perhaps includes signing on fee's etc. If we consider that we have Dempsey looking impressive and Sigurdsson improving, is there a need to have Holtby today as a first team player and in effect would we be paying up to £3m to get a player used to our game and ideas with the idea that he hits the ground running in August?

Perhaps there is major room for negotiation, as perhaps Schalke no longer feel they can play him as a first choice player as they look and perhaps secure a replacement or feel his mind may not be on the job in hand, something that is always a potential issue for both player and club, once a deal is agreed. If there was a possibility that we could pay half go their opening suggestion and take on his contact, that may well be a good deal for everyone, but I don't feel we should be held to ransom at a time when it may be preferable for Schalke, more than us in the short term...

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Writer:OxfordSpur
Date:Monday January 7 2013
Time: 12:25PM

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Always good to do business first
Big Ron
07/01/2013 12:27:00
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I always imagine it could be hard for player and the club he is leaving to have to spend another half a season together, based on that is it wise for Schalke to want rid and also make a bit of money on the deal? I assume his team-mates wouldnt give it a thought as long as he wasnt playing up or stopped performing, but the relationship between him and his club is sure to be under some strain
oxfordspur
07/01/2013 12:28:00
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and the earlier the better as long as he is added to the team in the same manner that AVB has done so far. that is gradually without unsettling the team. Having no prima donnas is really quite good
Big Ron
07/01/2013 12:30:00
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I do wonder what AVB sees as the ideal roles for Dempsey and Siggy. I thought of them both as CAM but that would seem to be where Holtby fits in too and I doubt that AVB wants 3 players in the same position (unless one of them is a youth player and though Holtby is young he is already established 1st team at Schalke.)
Kes80
07/01/2013 12:35:00
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Now that we have Holtby, what is everyone's thoughts on still pursuing Eriksen or Moutinho in the summer? I was really hoping we would sign Eriksen, do you think Holtby is as good or will be as good as those two?
laughter7
07/01/2013 12:37:00
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I don't think that we need him right now. Like you say Ox, Dempsey and Sigurdsson are both improving. Shalke probably just want to make some money out of the deal, rather than lose him for free. However, you have to wonder, is the club still going to play him and how will the fans react to him. We want him to join us sharp and ready for action, which means that he has to be playing regular first team football. In light of this, I think that we should sign him now, rather than worry about spending a couple of million on a transfer fee. It seems that we have too many attacking midfielders at the moment, but none who are as good as Modric. If Holtby comes in now, you have to wonder about the future of sigurdsson.
Fanman
07/01/2013 12:39:00
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@laughter7 - I assume this means the end of either of those deals. We don't want to stockpile central midfielders and a world class striker is a much bigger priority. Given that we won't be able to buy more than one player in the £20m category we need it to be a striker.
Kes80
07/01/2013 12:41:00
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The benefits would be huge for an outlay of about £3m. It would give him 6 months to get used to the prem and for AVB to work out whether he's more suited to the deep-lying role or just in behind a striker. It would be a good period of adjustment with the view that he starts proper come the summer. It would also have the advantage of allowing us to send Carroll out on loan for 6 months.
flipper
07/01/2013 12:45:00
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Let him see year out at Schalke, come to a few Spurs games (he was at West Ham match), then hit the ground running and have a whole Summer preparation with his new team mates. I had heard he was a left sided midfielder, so whilst I really hope not, possibly will get his big chance to shine when we get £50 million for Bale in Summer :(
Windlespur
07/01/2013 12:45:00
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Get him over here asap. I admit ive nit seen much of the kid but from what i read he is a very talented player. Lets face it, the fee we would have to pay Schalke is peanuts in footballing terms, and if he contributes with a few goals and/or assists it could be the difference between 3rd 4th or 5th. As long as it wouldnt interfere with any other planned transfer activity i cant see the down side. Even if he doesnt feature that much between now and the summer, it means he would be settled into his surroundings and would be raring to go in August

Mouthino is not going to happen, and to be hoest i dont think we want or need him anymore. 22m for a player who we dont really need isnt going to happen. Im already shocked at the early dealings (2 players by the 5th must be a THFC record!) but im still crossing my fingers for a striker. Ade just doesnt look interested at all so we need another full stop.
hudderspur
07/01/2013 12:47:00
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When Holtby joins us, we'll have 3 players competing for the number 10 role. I can't see Sigurdsson sticking with us to be on the bench. He's not going to start against QPR on Saturday. Will he be happy to be a bit part player?
Fanman
07/01/2013 12:48:00
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No leave it to the summer.bringing players in jan is hard enough to intrograte never mind such a young guy still learning.leandro is the only young one to come in this window.beleive.
Little spur
07/01/2013 12:49:00
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Getting a forward has now jumped up a position due to Ade going. I would get in some one for up-top (I hope not a loan, but it may be the best option until summer) and then get in someone like Moutinho for NOW if it’s still possible. Holtby should come in July imo, no need to waste the money as he will need time to train, settle with the team and he can do this pre-season. I’m sure we would have got him straight away at the time if it was possible. Seems strange to go back on that? Whats changed? We still have Sigurdsson and Carroll, both are up and coming players as well as this fella, and they will also need the playing time, plus any business going the other way needs be sorted a.s.a.p. COYS.
SpursOne2
07/01/2013 12:49:00
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I'd go along with your points ox, the initial view of Schalke may be to make him turn up out of some kind of principle but an unhappy dressing room is not going to help them. i suspect a deal can be done
troffer2
07/01/2013 12:49:00
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I can see the benefits in signing him in Jan. Especially if we do not sign a moutinho/willian/eriksen type player. We are lacking creativity in the midfield area. He will give us an extra option if we are looking for someone to unlock a resolute defence when they park the bus at the lane. Also, it will give him half a season to settle in adapt to the PL.
TornadoYid
07/01/2013 12:49:00
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I say get him in ,why not we havent had any injuries in those sorts of areas yet but the season is far from finished he can play right midfield for a start and Lennon will never last the season [hope he does though] .Then there is Dembele and his dodgy hip we need more creative flair and by all accounts thats what he has 1.6 mil is peanuts to the other midfielders we are looking at and the wages are less ,,it means if it works out we have are number 10 ,he is young fir and the German/English leagues arent to different i think he would make a difference whilst not shaking up are very happy squad.Also Levy can just concentrate on getting Damiao for 15 mil rather than spreading himself all over the globe ,if we get Damiao i will be so happy ,,what a great young squad and manager ..Spurs are doing it now with the future in mind as that expensive thing is coming up ,,the stadium thats it .COYS
Edinburgh Spur
07/01/2013 12:49:00
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If the reports are true that we could be ready to offload Livermore & Hudd then yes I'd bring him in now. He can play in any of the 5 midfield positions in a 4231 so he'd give us plenty of options. A good signing like him could give us that 2nd half of the season lift that we've lacked from recent windows. We made good money in the summer & will probably do so again this month so no reason why we can't at least complete this relatively cheap deal.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 12:51:00
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Windlespur, I think that we can get 60 million for Bale. If Holtby can play at left-midfield that would be a blessing. That's where Modric started to shine for us. Hopefully Holtby has pace.
Fanman
07/01/2013 12:52:00
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Bring him in now... the benefits are that he will be intergrated over the next 6 months.. And would also give us more options for pushing on to get CL football next season...

the negative is that if we sign him, i dont see another midfielder coming in unless Levy can do a decent loan deal on SNeijder...

Striker issue more important as Ade looks to be goin to the ANC
Yidmarks
07/01/2013 12:52:00
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If we are worried about the futures of Dempsey and Siggy now by getting him in early then won't the same be true in the Summer anyway ? Suggest he would only get a handful of starts if he came now but would be immediate cover for Dembele should his hip flair up again. If we only had to pay his wages then take him now, if not leave it till the Summer. We proved we have now a good squad base playing the same way whoever is on the pitch. This was NOT the case with Harry as our second string looked clueless in the EL matches.
COYS R US
07/01/2013 12:56:00
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Starting to doubt any big deals happening for us. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if Adebayor goes we simply recall Kane. If we're not going for Moutinho or Sneijder then we must bring in someone to give us fresh impetus & Holtby(though not on their level) could do that. It's far better than standing still.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 12:57:00
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Get him in now. Half a season to gradually slide into the team without a huge amount of us fans expectations being heaped on a young lad. Go and get a proven goalscorer, and, apart from cover for the wings, and a long term goalkeeper cover, thats the team sorted.
spurboy61
07/01/2013 13:03:00
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No point in Holtby playing in Bundesliga. He could be made a bit part player which is not ideal for Holtby & us. We have a lot of competitive game coming up with us still in Europa, FA & obviously PL. We have number of games coming up in Feb to April. Someone like him could do well for us.
sydqcb5
07/01/2013 13:08:00
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the cynic in me tells me by announcing that 2 young players are arriving in the summer,the board are cushioning the blow that we intend not to buy anyone in this window
ghulamville
07/01/2013 13:09:00
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I don't see why Levy would chuck an extra million or more at this deal just so he can train with us earlier? Let him play competitively over there and stick to the plan. If he does come early, he should be accompanied with a decent number 9 for the long term (no loan). IMO Moutinho would make the difference for us right now. Having him our our books before summer would be excellent business. Maybe Levy has other ideas, but it would be a shame to miss this chap. Maybe hes already 'one that got away'.. COYBS.
SpursOne2
07/01/2013 13:10:00
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Only take Holtby now if 1) We can move at least one MFer in THIS window to make room for him, or 2) We can come to an acceptable financial arrangement with Schalke so that either he moves for no fee, and we start paying him straight away, or that they pay up his contract in full, and we pay a nominal fee. What we don't want is to be paying Huddlestone, Livermore, and Holtby, all at the same time. If we can't move either of the aforementioned two, and possibly get Carroll out on loan, until the summer, then leave him where he is until July, as previously agreed.
Frank
07/01/2013 13:12:00
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Nope...canne see holtby coming to us, this transfer window. Really not necassary either. Let him settle at spurs during the summer and see if he can make a impression. I've only seen a few minutes of video of him. Looks strong left sided midfielder. Shows good Intent and shooting power. Not particularly quick...but apparantly, has a quick footballing brain. I see these extra signings as...money making options for Mr.Levy to invest into spurs.....via player investment. I remember the 80's and Irving scholar....investing spurs money into various business's..to try to make a few bob for spurs. Wasn't a great success. But that's not to say...Young holtby cannot be a decent investment....time will tell. Oh.....I wouldn't sell Bale for less than £70 mill'..in this transfer window, but i suspect spurs would be tempted at £60 mill'. Top striker please.....no excuses. Oh.....Zaha £20 mill'.......your having a Giraffe !!!!....(Palace)
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 13:17:00
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Don't forget...we now have Holtby on a pre contract..........we got £2mill'.....for nothing when Begovic, went against his.
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 13:19:00
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I know that Damaio is a big wish for most Spurs fans and agree that it is difficult to seal a deal in January but it may be worth noting that it is Brazil's off season and that doing a deal now for LD makes much more sense than mid-season (our summer transfer window). As I understand it the difficulties lie that LD is owned by at least three different parties and getting them all to agree to the same fee is almost impossible. However, I firmly believe that we will only sign a player from AVB / Levy's wanted list & if they are not available then we wont sign anyone. Hopefully LD is available as he could really make a difference between now and May!
1984Spurs
07/01/2013 13:20:00
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Talking of potential strikers, what is happening re. Loic Remy. Only a short time ago Marseille were asking silly money, and he was only looking to move to a CL club etc. Now according to the press the two PL (at the moment) clubs seemingly interested enough to actually start bidding etc. are QPR, and Newcastle Utd, two clubs with one thing in common, either or both may well get relegated at the end of the season, and are about as far from the CL as you can get in the PL. Does this reflect how far Remy has fallen from grace, or is he not the player many thought.
Frank
07/01/2013 13:20:00
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Apologies that the last post was off topic but the 6 monthly LD to Spurs rumours seem to be gathering pace!!
1984Spurs
07/01/2013 13:20:00
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Would be good business this window if we can flog Hudd and Livermore for a combined 6mil+ & replace them with Holtby & Sissoko on free transfers in the summer or small fees now. We'd be stronger & would have made money. Win, win.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 13:23:00
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I'm surprised at how Moutinho is still being mentioned as it seems to me that Holtby's signing pretty much ended the likelihood of that. For those of you still calling for Mouthinho I have two questions, first where does he fit into our first XI and second do you think he is more or less of a priority than a striker?
Kes80
07/01/2013 13:23:00
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not needed this season as we have ample backup in wide-midfield with likes of Siggy, Demps, Townsend... we need to get a decent backup striker and should concentrate on that
Viyyash-Ramosh
07/01/2013 13:24:00
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i woulld take a punt on remy,certainly at the10million mark
ghulamville
07/01/2013 13:24:00
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Frank it could mean that all those reports of us bidding 22mil were in fact complete bo//ocks & we never actually bid for the bloke
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 13:25:00
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@Frank - Remy has only scored 2 goals in 12 appearances this season according to Wikipedia, and no league goals in 8 games. Not sure if he has had injuries or anything but it seems like whatever form he had previously has eluded him and that's why interest from top clubs has dried up.
Kes80
07/01/2013 13:26:00
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Only take him now if the virus in some so called supporters is past. Complaint-itis and Moan-itis previously directed at AVB appointment , Lennon, Walker now Adebayor. Holtby just need a poor start for an outbreak to occur.
camper
07/01/2013 13:28:00
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Regarding our need for Holtby, if we don't need him now because of the stability of our current MFers, then unless we intend to de-stabilise our current MF, by selling somebody, why will we need him more next season. Of course we need him now, as the season wears on we will need to rotate, and provide cover for, the likes of Dembele (currently no realistic cover) and Sandro (with Parker), and others, and to have alternative attacking MF options for certain games. As I have stated above my reservations on taking Holtby now, are purely financial, to avoid us getting "seen off" by Schalke.
Frank
07/01/2013 13:28:00
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Only take him now if the virus in some so called supporters is past. Complaint-itis and Moan-itis previously directed at AVB appointment , Lennon, Walker now Adebayor. Holtby just need a poor start for an outbreak to occur.
camper
07/01/2013 13:29:00
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Half a season is a long time in football........or is it a short time !......puddled !!...lol
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 13:31:00
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Just realized Jenas is back after his loan with Forest so it's all good, we don't need Holtby, Eriksen or Moutinho now...
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 13:38:00
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AVB is doing well to manage the harmony in the camp and give everyone game time. However, adding yet another midfielder would make that harder, so only if the likes of Hudd & Livermore are going. I still sadly believe his chance to shine for us will come next season when Bale has been sold for big money. Hope not (re: Bale), but realistic.
Windlespur
07/01/2013 13:42:00
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I wouldnt let Bale go for a penny less than 80millions pounds...

Would Barca sell Messi for 100million.... NO

Would Real sell Ronaldo for less than 60-70million... NO...

u want him... u pay over the odds for him... we couldnt replace him for less than 50 million in my opinion anyway...

Remy could be worth the punt... can play both striker and winger..
Yidmarks
07/01/2013 13:44:00
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Holtby's not really a LW if anything when he plays wide he's used as an inverted RW so he's not here to replace Bale. It's probably the midfield position that he's played least in his career. Willian is more likely to be a Bale replacement.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 13:46:00
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Holtby's not really a LW if anything when he plays wide he's used as an inverted RW so he's not here to replace Bale. It's probably the midfield position that he's played least in his career. Willian is more likely to be a Bale replacement.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 13:46:00
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Sorry for the double post
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 13:47:00
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Agree re Holtby Frank - Also mate, Remy is now one year close to his current contract ending (2 years left?). His agent probably wanted the best option for him and his player, which if moving the PL would be CL? He has played in the comp scoring a few I think. He is still the same player though. Both Newcastle and QPR can pay decent wages, add to that Ba's departure and QPR's urgency...this might help understand why they are making the most effort. Not sure if he is our best option now, wages etc, plus guaranteed first team…Obviously he doesn’t play over here so I can only go by what I have seen. The chavs were in for him as well before getting Ba. COYS.
SpursOne2
07/01/2013 13:48:00
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what's a inverted right wing ?......just for clarification. Don't think we can replace Bale....least hope not, for at least another season. But for £80 mill'.....sold !!!!.......lol..pays for a few bricks..
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 13:57:00
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Need to move someone out to make space on the roster, no? Huddlestone out first and then there's room for the new lad. But need space opened and money saved to bring in the Holtsby fellow.
Total knobhead
07/01/2013 13:58:00
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Get him in now, we are competing on three fronts, rotation necessary at this time of the season and not to ignore potential injuries.
AllanDK
07/01/2013 14:04:00
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I think the whole scenario of Holtby joining now instead of in the summer is because the Schalke fans have reacted quite badly to his having signed for us. There have been a number of protests and some personal abuse has been directed at Holtby (calling him ungrateful and a traitor no less!) Now of course this shows how much the Schalke fans wanted him to stay which bodes well for us. However it does make things diffciult for Holtby and also for Schalke. This being the case it would be best all round if he came to us now rather than in the summer. That way he won't be abused or not played for 6 months (which may affect his performances and confidence) and it also defuses the situation for Schalke. The reality is that we hold the cards in terms of negotitation here but we have to be wary o the impact on Holtby himself if we leave him in Germany until the summer.
SpuriousLife
07/01/2013 14:05:00
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I don't see why Spurs would go back on the arrangement arrived at. It suited the club only the other day, since which time nothing has changed. I suspect it has got more to do with someone needing 'a story' and a few day's speculation.
Airwave
07/01/2013 14:05:00
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camper - ha mate. Agree! Some on here see that type of abuse to a player...as you say Lennon, Walker and Ade...as a gentle kick up the arse!! Basically abuse the ***** out of them until they shut you up with a few goals. Some of the ***** Lennon got ha, totally out of order....hes playing excellent football at the mo..none of that is anything to do with a few turnips on here who call them selves supporters? I do agree with constructive criticism, and if your at a match you might get caught in a moment but always should get behind the team. Nice post. He needs time to settle and play with the team. COYS.
SpursOne2
07/01/2013 14:06:00
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Lewis Holtby; reasons to be cheerful part one. Our own fixture list ends on May 19th vs Sunderland at home, Schalke's season ends on May 18th away vs SC Freiburg. Considering that the Under 21's European Championships run from 5th to 18th June 2013 which Germany will be part of. Lewis Holtby has the remaining month of June to move to England, pre-season training and pre-season fixtures in July early August, before the new Premier League season kicks-off, does allow him a longer period to settle into his new surroundings and become familiar with his new team mates. Staying with Schalke does allow plenty of time. The bonus reasons to be cheerful part two; in moving now allows everything to be put in place and hit the ground running after being with the under 21's, the settling in programme has been achieved now rather than later, so if he does move in this window, we gain a very good player earlier then expected, he will be a massive success for us, when Schalke beat that other lot in north london he was the star of the show, i don't for one minute see the premier league being a problem to him, getting settled early has to be a good move, if it happens.
spu 4 life
07/01/2013 14:11:00
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good point...spurious life.....if that is what is happening. Also shows how stupid the german fans are.
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 14:17:00
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Holtby plays best in the no.10 role like vdv did but he doesn't come deep for the ball, but potentially could play as Modric did for us as a deep lying playmaker. I believe he could be the perfect link player as Dembele can move the ball in to the area that Holtby occupies and then with his quick thinking he can see the pass through. One thing that suggests he would settle on the pitch quickly is the fact he thinks very quickly.
Jantheman
07/01/2013 14:18:00
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Spurs All Day - Just realized Jenas is back after his loan with Forest so it's all good, we don't need Holtby, Eriksen or Moutinho now...Now this has to be a wind up, Jenas i can't remember the last time he played in a Spurs shirt, his loan clubs hardly watched him play in the respective colours as well, the guy always managed to get injured. 5 Players we don't need; JENAS; BENTLEY; HUDD; GOMES; LIVERMORE, when we are linked with players like MOUTINHO, ERIKSEN, LEANDRO, WILLIAN, ZAHA, SNEIJDER, jenas must be well down the list of players we need.
spu 4 life
07/01/2013 14:21:00
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Fanman - Modric certainly didnt begin to shine on the left wing. that was where he was most ineffective. I'd rather we sign Moutinho now and left Holtby till the summer.
mattspurs1982
07/01/2013 14:25:00
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82spursdebut An inverted winger is like Waddle, a left footer playing on the right or vice versa. AVB has tended at previous clubs to use a lefty on the right (Sturridge/Hulk)
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 14:26:00
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I see.....although guessed it..........No excuse for any top player to be two footed now days. Yes, liked waddle on the right ..87. Only seen 3 mins' of holtby..on video....thus hard to say if he equal on both feet......or where he exactly plays. Horses for courses.......he may turn into a good one...lol.......we'll see.
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 14:33:00
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Portuguese press say that no bid has been made for Moutinho. My hope is we'd learn from the summer that big deals for players overseas don't get done in a day so if there's zero contact made I think we can draw a line through that one.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 14:35:00
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oops..no excuse for any top player...Not...to be two footed..now days. I meant to say...ooops......
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 14:36:00
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Re "when we are linked with players like MOUTINHO, ERIKSEN, LEANDRO, WILLIAN, ZAHA, SNEIJDER", all that 'linking' is in headlines about them. That's the great thing about using 'linking' rather than anything definite or decided on, because it means nothing definite, little more than titillation and speculation.
Airwave
07/01/2013 14:38:00
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Not sure what Adebeyor has to do with it, you can't replace a striker with a midfield player. No great advantage to him joining now, it'll take the rest of the season for him to bed in.
jod
07/01/2013 14:41:00
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Doesn't it all really depend on the striker resolution? If we get a striker who can play, up top, alone, then we could definitely us Holtby, who, as others have mentioned is more of A VDV type player. With Dembele and Sandro behind, he will not have to go as deep anyway, but is most certainly not afraid of a good tackle.

I would still rather we get Schneijder or Kaka on loan for the balance of the season but that doesn't mean there is not a huge benefit to having him come in now. If they drop the fee to 1M, why not? Give him an extra 6 months to settle and work his way in to the squad. I don't know how inclined Schalke will be to play him now or to allow him to flourish. Young players need to play.

I also agree with other comments that he is not likely competition for either Dempsey or Sigurdsson as his game is different. I think they can all co-exist and get enough playing time, unless we still plan to sign Eriksson or Moutinho though every MF we add further congests what is already a packed MF. Bale, Lennon, Sigurdsson, Dembele, Sandro, Parker, Dempsey, Townsend, Hudd, Holtby, Livermore, Carroll. That's 12 MF and only 5, at most, can play. Sell Hudd, loan out Livermore. That makes it more reasonable, but only if it is 4-5-1. Get Leandro or Doumbia and I can see us changing playing styles. For me, everyting revolves around the striker. Sort that and then we can properly address the MF. COYS
peterballb
07/01/2013 14:41:00
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I am Danish and thefore have access to all German spots channels. Lewis Holtby is Top-Top player snd would fit in with us as a direct replacement for VdV. Furthermore, we still need a " Locksmith" I prefer Moutinho, but my fellow countryman Eriksen could do the job as well, he is in the very essence a versatile mid-fielder.
AllanDK
07/01/2013 14:44:00
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I think if we can offload either Hudd or Livermore then this guy will come in straight away. Hopefully we can move both on. I'd take £3-4 million for each one. I am not sure about Moutinho. He plays a Sandro-like role for Porto, but then a Dembele like role for Portugal, so ideally great back up for those two - but I wouldnt want to upset what looks like a great partnership - especially given that Parker is still fantastic every time he plays. For me, ship out Livermore, get Holtby over now, and spend £15-20m on Damaio. I really think Levy and AVB trust each other, and that is why we may see some unexpected spending this month.
Sebthespur
07/01/2013 14:46:00
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Moutinho is not a player we need. At 26M I'd rather see us go out and get Benat and Dzagoev and do a pre-contract with Sissokho. Same money spent, just addressed what we need. Moutinho would be a luxury. Eriksson, Pjanic, Benat, Isco, Holtby, or preferably Schneijder/Kaka on loan til season's end is what we need along with a true up top powerful striker. COYS
peterballb
07/01/2013 14:51:00
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Damiao, if we intend to spend, is a no brainer. When you look at the top South American teams & the quality & value of their strikers Falcao, Higuain, Aguero, Tevez, Hulk etc getting Damiao for 15mil is a snip, we'd easily double that if we intended to sell him. He's Brazil's No9 so is in that bracket of striker. If we don't sign him we'll regret it when another European club does & he goes on to be worth 35-40mil.
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 14:52:00
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Why not send Jenas the other way, I'm sure he'd be a massive hit for Schalke? Then everyone is a winner!!
yiddyboy
07/01/2013 14:52:00
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sebthespur......think it's nearer £30 to £40 mill for damaio....hence the spurs hessitation. Not sure how much Mr.Levy trusts AVB...just yet !..lol Holtby for fruend..........but No moutinho for AVB.....just a little matter of £20 mill' difference. Don't really like this back or not back the manager....i think it's more about...what's right for the club. Spend spend spend....on at least one top striker.....NOW...Mr.Levy...please...lol
82spursdebut
07/01/2013 14:54:00
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peterballb I tend to agree with you that it's a lot of money on a position where we aren't desperate. IMO Sissoko & Holtby on frees for Hudd, Jenas & Livermore would be enough to bolster us in the middle. The more pressing concern is the No9 & someone who can offer us an attacking pacey wide option with Townsend being too raw at this time(needs a years PL loan)
Spurs Allday
07/01/2013 15:01:00
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Yiddyboy, Schalke asked ut we couldn't do the deal as Jenas is in the US to hae his Achilles fixed. Jenas is going nowhere and we will have to pay hisway unil the end of the year when his contrat is done. COYS
peterballb
07/01/2013 15:02:00
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Get him now, chance to hit next season running, more options for the busy end of the season and no risk of Schlake letting him rot.
Tottenham Hotcore
07/01/2013 15:05:00
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