Aside from the sale of Jermain Defoe, it’s been another quiet January for Spurs on the transfer front and while the press still suggest that Erik Lamela could be on his way this month, the club have now moved to deny such claims.
“We know what a talented player Erik is and we also understand how players need time to settle,” said head coach Tim Sherwood.
“He’s needing that time to acclimatise to a new country. He doesn’t speak English and with the tempo of the games, especially over the Christmas period when they come thick and fast, he hasn’t been 100 per cent fit.”
“He won’t be leaving on loan in this transfer window.”
Sherwood also suggested that our record signing could be given a chance to play up front and therefore replace the outgoing Defoe. It’s a role that may also be offered to another summer arrival, Nacer Chadli.
Both men have played as a second striker for their former clubs and a successful trial means Spurs are even more unlikely to dip into the transfer market this month.