Tottenham may not be too active in this winter’s transfer window but there are areas of the squad which need long term planning. Defence is the prime example where William Gallas has been pretty much the first choice at the centre.
Gallas has received some criticism this season but even if AVB retains a different opinion, the French international must be heading towards retirement in any event. That would leave Vertonghen, Kaboul, Caulker and possibly Dawson in the middle but there are claims that the club are scouting for further cover.
One of the names mentioned is 27 year old Swedish international Andreas Granqvist who once had an unremarkable spell at Wigan. Granqvist is said to have matured and improved greatly since those days and after leaving the Premiership in 2008, he has enjoyed spells at Groningen in Holland and Genoa, where he now plays.
In Holland he had a remarkable strike record for a defender – almost one in every four goals but solid defending has seen claims that Spurs have had Granqvist watched in recent weeks.
He would have to be a major improvement on the man who left Wigan in 2008 but is Andreas Granqvist to Spurs anything more than mere paper talk?