Tottenham look set to be one of the busier Premier League clubs on the final day of the transfer window, although it could be the exit door that sees the bulk of the action. Mauricio Pochettino’s side have yet to make a move in the January window, but could be tempted into action as they look to push for a Champions League place with 16 games remaining on the season.
Everton’s Kevin Mirallas has been one name linked in the past couple of weeks and the BBC’s Phil McNulty was among those suggesting that Spurs could make a final attempt to land the Belgian attacker on deadline day. However, it has been widely reported that Everton have no interest in selling him this month, despite a recent incident where he appeared to ignore team orders and took and missed a penalty.
Tottenham appear to have a far better chance of landing teenage starlet Dele Alli. The midfielder is currently at League One side MK Dons, where he came to prominence for his performance in a 4-0 Capital One Cup win over Manchester United earlier in the season. Aston Villa and Newcastle United had been strongly linked with the 18-year-old, but, according to The Telegraph, Tottenham have made a late offer to try and secure his signature. A fee of £5 million has been suggested.
Perhaps with Alli’s potential arrival in mind, a current Tottenham midfielder could be on his way out of White Hart Lane on Monday. According to Sky Sports, several clubs, including Leicester City, are in negotiations over a loan deal for Etienne Capoue. A regular when he first joined the club from Toulouse in the summer of 2013, the France international has not started in the Premier League since the start of November.
Tottenham’s defense could also be getting a shake up on deadline day. One of center-back duo Vlad Chiriches and Younes Kaboul looks set to leave, with Roma linked to both. The Daily Mail has reported that the Serie A club have been in negotiations to sign Chiriches, but, after failing to make progress, have turned their attention to Kaboul. A loan deal until the end of the season with an obligation to make the move permanent for £4 million in the summer is mooted. Despite being the club captain, Kaboul has featured sparingly in recent times, with Pochettino preferring the partnership of Jan Vertonghen and Federico Fazio.
As a potential replacement, Cologne’s Kevin Wimmer is believed by several sources to have been targeted. However, a transfer for the 21-year-old looks to be dead after Cologne’s executive director Alexander Wehrle insisted he would be staying put.
“Kevin Wimmer will definitely play in Cologne until the end of the season,” he said, reports the Daily Star.
On the back of that rejection, the Daily Star has suggested that Spurs will make a late move for Athletic Bilbao’s coveted center-back Aymeric Laporte. The rumor appears far-fetched in the extreme, given that he has a release clause of 42 million euros (£32 million), and there is almost certainly not enough time now to go organize all the paperwork required to meet buy-out clauses in Spain. Far more likely is that Tottenham wait to sign West Ham’s Winston Reid on a free transfer in the summer, as has been widely reported.
The club could be getting some money in, though, with the club thought to be trying to offload Emmanuel Adebayor and Aaron Lennon. According to the London Evening Standard, Queens Park Rangers are keen on Adebayor, but are struggling to meet his £100,000 a week wages. Meanwhile, the BBC has reported that Lennon has now agreed a loan deal with Everton.