Just when I’ve been thinking that this transfer window has been pretty quiet from Tottenham’s perspective, the papers are full of speculation today regarding possible activity.
The Guardian claim that we’ve sorted out personal terms with Sandro and now just need to agree the transfer fee. This one has been hanging around for ages and as such I won’t be holding my breath, but I will have my fingers crossed. We really do need another central midfielder and have been pretty lucky that none out of Palacios, Huddlestone or Jenas, have suffered a major injury so far this season.
The Mirror have reported that Zenit St Petersburg have bid £10.2m for Pavlyuchenko (which The Guardian also mentions) and that Birmingham are considering making a bid. As we know from our attempts to buy Andrei Arshavin, Zenit like to play hardball when it comes to transfer negotiations, so I doubt that the deal will be clean cut, unless Birmingham have some real intent and speed everything up.
They go on to speculate that if Pavlyuchenko is sold, Harry will make a move for Kenwyne Jones, which would surprise nobody.
The Mirror also reckon that we’re ready to go for ex-Goon Mathieu Flamini. I can’t see that happening during January unless the Sandro deal breaks down, although there’s always a chance that we might be in him in the summer and cash in on Jenas.
Finally, The Oh, Ah Daily Star think that Harry is ready to smash our pay structure to land Joe Cole. Chelsea are reluctant to pay Cole what he wants and the midfielder will be out of contract at the end of the season.
The reported wages of £130,000 a week is massively beyond what we pay anyone, which I can’t see Levy allowing, even though Cole would be available for ‘free’.
In terms of the side, you can argue that we don’t really need Cole considering that we already have Modric, Kranjcar and Lennon. However, Harry is obviously a massive fan and I think he’ll be desperate to get Cole, should he come available.
Cole is a great player, but he has a poor record with injuries. He’s a luxury that we don’t really need, like that Playstation 3 I keep trying to convince the wife about. Perhaps Harry will be allowed to get his man as a treat, if he takes us to the Champions League. No one would begrudge him that, would they?