While all the transfer talk focuses on Paulinho and David Villa this morning, there is a fairly isolated story concerning a proposed move for Real Sociedad left back Alberto de la Bella. The 27 year old has been with his current employers since 2009 and the report suggests that Andre Villas-Boas see De la Bella as an ideal replacement for left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
It’s also claimed that Spurs have already been in for the player and having seen a bid of £3m rejected, the club feels that a small price hike would be enough to seal a relatively cheap deal.
However, the story goes against comments made by Andre a month ago when he intimated that the left side of defence would not be an area for new personnel.
“We finally have Benoit back so, apart from the fluid that he has on the knee, he was involved in all of the fixtures since he got back,” Villas-Boas said back in May.
“He’s an extremely important player for us. We have Danny Rose coming back and Zeki Fryers so we have to make the best decision.”
De la Bella looks a capable player and one who was instrumental in his side’s successful 2012-13 campaign but is AVB really looking for new faces among a fairly settled defence?