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.



  1. we need to actually sell some players who people want at prices they will pay. Otherwise its all completely irrelevant

  2. Very good thoughts and maybe a few of these are viable deals but the truth is we need to turn these players into cold hard cash. But I do like your suggestions Negredo would be an excellent addition. Lennon is good but we need someone to swap in his place when he is having an anonymous game.

    Time to weed the YidGarden

  3. Quote “While the finances at Spurs don’t seem to be an issue” ……. if that remark were true, why are we not trying to sign the top players?

  4. i am really fed up with this transfer window….i dont think we will get any quality….and in the end next season bale and modders and maybe vdv and gonna go bye bye…..there’s no point for these above suggestions…no one listens…..
    man! i hate to be this pessimistic….

  5. All well and good, BUT you still haven’t got rid of Bentley,Jenas,Hutton etc. Those three no one would swap with, they can only be sold at a knocked down price..what you should also realise, in any league in the world, if you buy a player from a top group of teams,you will have to pay good transfer fees..in Spurs’s case you can’t sell none of those at knocked down.price because anyone you buy in jenas, Hutton quality will still set you back around in between £8 mil to £9 million..so no point in getting rid of them.on the cheap.

  6. Can understand the negative thoughts on here,as Hattyu and levy seem to be very inert in their transfer activites.Samba looks like he wants a move to the arse,as he wants champions leaugue football(Even if its temporary).So why are we not pursuing Cahill at Bolton.A prover premier league player.And their differing over strickers is just becoing embarrissing to say the least.One hopes that they know what they are doing,but time is marching on with very little progress.As fpr the Modric saga if it is true that he still wants to move on(and not paper talk).Then let him go,but really screw helski at the same time.He may well turn out to be like Torres.

  7. One dramatic feature of player movement in North American sports is the trade. The Great One (multi-Stanley Cup champ Wayne Gretzky) was traded from Edmonton to LA, and it changed the landscape of NHL hockey in the southern states. Spaniard Pau Gasol (a Barca fan) was traded to the LA Lakers and helped them win two NBA titles in a row. It happens in all sports over ‘ere, and it would be fascinating to see more of that going in in football! So thanks for some intriguing speculations, mate!

  8. Thought N’Zogbia could have been a good signing, maybe with Dos Santos and around 5m going to Wigan. He’d have fitted with Martinez’s style of football.

  9. This isn’t football manager 2011.
    No one wants our players cos their wages are too high for their standard. We can’t give away players like Keane & Bentley. I’m sure they’ll be happy to play a few europa league ties and be on the fringes for their huge wages.
    Personally i think we’ve got a great squad and don’t need to make any big changes, though a top striker would be ace as would Cahill. I’m guessing we could only buy quality if we sell Modders though (which looks like it’ll defo happen)

  10. ‘how many swap deals actually happen in the Prem? Virtually none I can think of.’

    thats the idea of this article! we know it can be achieved as every now and then it does take place. we should try this when teams come in with bids. Jenas swap with Taraabt, or Hangeland etc.


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