Mauricio Pochettino took the Tottenham job back in May replacing Tim Sherwood and he has already been throwing his weight around in the transfer market signing Ben Davies and Michel Vorm. Other targets are being tracked and here are 10 players he may decide to sign this window.
Eric Dier – Sporting Lisbon
Born in Cheltenham but playing his football in Portugal, Eric Dier’s stock has risen significantly after an impressive season. Referred to by some as ‘The new John Terry’ Dier would be available for transfer for as little as £4m.
He has been capped 5 times for the England U21s and his playing style is brave and powerful, this is the reason he is compared to former England captain Terry. His family moved to Portugal in 2004 and he was quickly snapped up by the Portuguese club at the age of 15. His 1st goal for Sporting is above.
Mateo Musacchio – Villarreal
The Argentine international has been on Tottenham’s radar since January and he had a good season for the Spanish club. He came through the River Plate ranks and joined Villarreal in 2010 where he has made 110 appearances. At only 23, Musacchio would be a good investment for Spurs as he would have many years to develop into a serious player.
He has been capped 2 times for Argentina and was included in the national pool for the World Cup but didn’t manage to stake a claim for a place on the plane to Rio. With Jan Vertonghen seemingly on his way out maybe the Argentine could be his long term replacement.
Esteban Cambiasso - Inter
A household name amongst football fans, Cambiasso would add experience and tactical knowhow to any team. Pochettino seems very keen on his Argentines as Cambiasso is already the 2nd player on the list who resides from the country the manager is from. Even at the age of 33 he played 33 times in the league last season for Inter and would still be a hard working defensive mid for any side.
Other players around him such as Erik Lamela and the youthful Etienne Capoue could learn a lot from Cambiasso as he is a player who has played at the very top level, lifting the Champions League once and having won Serie A an impressive 5 times.
Joel Veltman – Ajax
Another young centre back, Veltman comes from the famous Ajax academy and has established himself as a quality centre half this season completing 25 league games last campaign. He also made his debut for the Dutch national side in November 2013 and has gone on to be capped a further 3 times.
He has been working with Jaap Stam 1 to 1 at Ajax and Arsenal and Man Utd were known to be interested in him earlier in the year, only to be rebuffed by Ajax coach Marc Overmars. As a youth player Veltman missed 15 months with a cruciate ligament injury, When he came back, he was banned for a year by the Dutch FA for putting his fist through a dug-out at a youth international World Cup game. But Louis Van Gaal has publicly said how talented he thinks he is.
Ronaldinho – Atletico Mineiro
Probably the most farfetched 1 on the list but Ronaldinho does seem keen on a move back to Europe and he is still a fantastic talent. His trophies and individual awards speak for themselves and even at the age of 34 he is still tearing up the Brazilian league. He adds so much flair to any team and his repertoire of skills is 2nd to none.
He would be available for a nominal transfer fee but his wage demands would probably be through the roof. That being said, he would add experience and buzz around the whole of Tottenham if they were to bid for the Brazilian playmaker.
Loic Remy – QPR
Having recently failed a medical at Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal have been put back on alert to sign the French striker. He impressed last season for Newcastle notching 14 goals in the Premier League and also looked good the season before with QPR, who were eventually relegated. Fitness problems didn’t seem an issue at Newcastle or QPR so his failing of a medical seemed strange.
Interest has cooled from Tottenham who seemed keen earlier in the transfer window and were set to seal a £7m move. They may look elsewhere after the failed medical and turn their attention to other targets.
Ron Vlaar – Aston Villa
The final defender to be linked with Tottenham this summer. The Dutch international had a superb World Cup which unfortunately was topped off by him missing the opening penalty in the game against Argentina. He was man of the match in that game and he also was solid as a rock in all of the Netherlands games.
His league form for Aston Villa has been slightly less than impressive but you could argue the quality of his defenders around him is much lower at the midlands club. Sky sports have reported that talks are on-going and Tottenham are looking to seal the deal sooner rather than later.
Wilfried Bony – Swansea
Bony was brilliant at Swansea last season netting 26 goals in all competitions. His power, pace and great finishing ability have put lots of clubs on alert and he is still only 26. Similar in style to Didier Drogba, Bony would be a great addition to Tottenham. With Liverpool signing Origi and Arsenal seemingly done with transfers for the summer, Bony would be readily available for a move to North London.
£15m would be enough to get him and in the current market that could turn out to be a bargain, it would be £11m less than Tottenham paid a year ago for Roberto Soldado who scored just 6 goals all season with 4 of them coming from the penalty spot. With the ever reliable Adebayor as the only other striker, Bony would be a great acquisition.
Jay Rodriguez - Southampton
Jay Rodriguez had a stunning season for Southampton last season but it was cruelly cut short by a knee injury away at Man City. He looked set to go to the World Cup and would have added pace and positioning to the England front line. He scored 15 league goals this season and would again be an investment for the future.
Pochettino worked with Rodriguez at Southampton, so the Argentine will know what he is about. Its looking very likely that this deal will be completed soon in a double swoop with Morgan Schneiderlin, who will be mentioned shortly.
Morgan Schneiderlin - Southampton
A brilliant World Cup and an impressive season for Southampton has made Morgan Schneiderlin 1 of the hottest properties in the Premier League. He has turned down a move to Arsenal in favour of Tottenham which will please the fans enormously. He started for France at the World Cup on 2 occasions and looked calm and composed in midfield.
He is obviously a big fan of Pochettino, as he has sacrificed the chance to play Champions League football to link up with his former boss. £35m is expected to be the fee to secure the signings of him and Rodriguez and that will give everyone at White Hart Lane a massive boost.