Transfers Rumours I - Harry Targets the Hitmen

Since there is not a semi-professional/professional footballer this side of the Atlantic not to be linked with a move to White Hart Lane, I have decided to go through the players Harry Redknapp could be looking to bring in, position by position. First I will look at attacking options. Fraizer Campbell has already left for Hull, whilst Roman Pavlyuchenko could also be shown the exit door by Redknapp. 

This has all been happening amid rumours of growing distress in the dressing room, as some players are seemingly unhappy that Robbie Keane, upon his return, has gone straight into the team and as captain. So it seems there will be at least some activity up front. Redknapp also stated that he will be targeting three players to improve the side, but would need to sell to be able to bring those players in.

The first player being linked with a switch to North London is Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz. He made a huge impression on the Premier League in his first season at Blackburn, after completing his move from Bayern Munich for a fee of just £3.5m. However further progression has been stunted since, as his second season in England turned out to be plagued by injury.

The Paraguayan was strongly linked with a move to one of the big four last summer, but Blackburn managed to keep hold of him. But much like the Dimitar Berbatov situation, it is much harder to keep hold of the player second time around. Santa Cruz would certainly form a fantastic partnership with either Jermain Defoe or Robbie Keane, as unfortunately it looks like Pavlyuchenko’s number’s up.

The player that is reportedly closest to joining Spurs, however, is Real Madrid’s 6 ft 2 target man Ruud van Nistelrooy. Despite the fact that his carear can only go downhill as he prepares to turn 33 in July, he is still a player who could interest some Spurs fans, although opinion is divided. The argument for is based upon his goalscoring record:

Years Club App (Gls)2
1993–1997 Den Bosch  69 (17)
1997–1998 Heerenveen  31 (13)
1998–2001 PSV Eindhoven  67 (62)
2001–2006 Manchester United 150 (95)
2006– Real Madrid  67 (45)

He would certainly be a top signing for any club outside of the top four, but does he still have the quality to lead Tottenham’s front line? If reports are to be beleived, the fee being discussed is around £1.5m, and that has got to be considered a steal for a player who scored 95 goals in 150 matches for his last English club. Plus, with Real Madrid’s planned summer spending, van Nistelrooy is almost certain to be one of the players to leave the Spanish club, and there shouldn’t be too much competition for his signature.

That’s just about it for our attacking options, but I shall be publishing a further two articles regarding defenders and midfielders linked with the club as soon as I can.

One Response to “Transfers Rumours I - Harry Targets the Hitmen”

  1. mightyhammer Says:

    u forgot about Carlton Cole! U were linked with him in the january window but we will never sell him lol!!!

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