Nearly a month into the new Premier League campaign and Tottenham have yet to taste victory. Now, with the transfer window a day away from closing, Spurs and manager Mauricio Pochettino are blitzing at the last minute to land the striker and central midfielder they have so actively sought. Spurs picked up a third consecutive draw against Everton over the weekend, and though it is too early to panic, Pochettino is well aware he needs a quick infusion of talent in the attack in order to climb out of the early hole.
The addition of striker Son Heung-Min for £22 million from Bayern Leverkusen is an excellent start, but Pochettino’s continues his pursuit of West Bromwich striker Saido Berahino and is also interested in Southampton midfielder Victor Wanyama, according to Daily Telegraph.
Berahino’s request for a transfer was denied by the Hawthorns, and so were Tottenham’s first two bids. However, Telegraph reports Spurs are hoping their next bid of £25 million closes the deal.
With only three goals scored in the first four matches, including none scored by superstar forward Harry Kane, Berahino’s the type of player who can instantly influence Spurs attack for the good.
The Burundi-born starlet also appears to be the best target available who actually wants to switch to White Hart Lane. Forward Alexandre Pato, on loan with Sao Paulo for the last year but his rights owned by Corinthians, recently said he desires to stay in Brazil but admitted he has no say in the final decision.
Wanyama, who Southampton have maintained is not for sale, reportedly asked for a transfer on the heels of his absence in 3-0 victory over Norwich. According to BBC, Wanyama was left out of the lineup because manager Ronald Koeman said he wasn’t "mentally and physically" sound to play.
Koeman admitted Wanyama made the request, but further insisted no player is available.
"If Victor shows the commitment to the team and he comes back we would like to have him in the team, that is no problem," Koeman said. "The situation with Victor is that he has lost some focus to the team, to the club and that is the reason I finally took the decision to keep him out of the squad."
Wanyama, along with Zenit St. Petersburg midfielder Axel Witsel joins Barcelona’s Alex Song on Pochettino’s short list of central midfield candidates. Sky Sports reports Spurs have made a £13.1-million bid for Witsel, and his current Russian side are currently over their limit of foreign players.
His future at Camp Nou dwindling, Song in particular could be had if Pochettino makes the right bid. The Sun reports Tottenham are interested in acquiring the 27-year-old Cameroonian, who hasn’t quite lived up to expectations after his transfer from Arsenal and may still be reeling from his dirty play at last year’s World Cup.
For now it appears Spurs' only competition for Song or Witsel is in Italy. It was revealed last week that Juventus placed a bid for Song, and they are also pursuing Witsel. Song’s current market value is in the £8-million to £9-million range.