While the finances at Spurs don’t seem to be an issue, our reluctance to lower asking prices is. You can’t sell what people won’t buy, so with this in mind, maybe it’s time we took a leaf out of the Italian’s book and started to think seriously about player swaps.
By adopting this strategy we don’t have to spend a fortune on transfer fees, and we don’t risk scaring off potential buyers every time we quote a transfer value for one of our players.
Not every selling club will be interested in player swaps, but this offers Spurs a better chance of selling their fringe players when a team becomes interested.
Here are some examples we could consider:
Blackburn recently expressed an interest in Robbie Keane, we could ask them to consider a swap deal for Junior Hoilett. The twenty one year old forward has great pace and an eye for goal, he impressed last season in a variety of positions and he could give us an extra dimension to our attack. While Blackburn may be reluctant to let him leave, a swap deal with a proven Premier league Striker could be an offer to good to refuse.
Christopher Samba has also been linked with moves away from the club; if Spurs are interested then maybe players such as Sebastian Bassong or David Bentley could be used as bargaining tools because personally I feel the £15m price tag is too high.
Giovanni Dos Santos looks certain to leave Spurs in this transfer window, with Seville and Udinese have both been linked with the talented Mexican. The money raised from his transfer would be preferred, but if the asking fee is too high then possible swaps could be the answer. Seville have Alvaro Negredo who has developed into an excellent player since leaving Real Madrid and Dos Santos could used as a possible make-weight for the prolific striker.
Udinese have many players on their books that could appeal to Spurs. Twenty six year old Goalkeeper Samir Handanovic has been scouted before by Spurs, and has a great record for saving penalties. Skilful attacker Antonio Di Natale is another possible option, although at 33-years of age, this wouldn’t be in Spurs best interests.
Peter Crouch has been linked with Stoke and Newcastle recently. Stoke have a strong central defender and club captain in Ryan Shawcross, who at twenty three years of age would be an excellent coup for Spurs. The former United man is consistent and reliable, but it’s unlikely Stoke would consider any interest.
Newcastle have money to spend following Andy Carroll’s transfer, but if they don’t agree with Spurs’ asking price then they may consider cash plus player deals. Steven Taylor, or the tough tackling defensive midfielder Cheik Tiote would make good additions to the Spurs squad.
Making these changes would allow us to clear our unwanted players, whilst strengthening the squad. Players such as these would also have sell on value if their transfers weren’t successful.