There are two things that have now become tradition on Transfer window deadline day. Harry Redknapp talking to reporters from his car, and Tottenham Chairman Daniel Levy sparking into life with minutes to spare.
Tottenham normally provide the box-office entertainment for football fans on deadline day, and just when fans thought it had gone quiet at White Hart Lane, news broke of a £13 million bid for Brazillian striker Damiao.
Like the late bid for Joao Moutinho in the previous transfer window, the potential transfer was to end in frustration. Damiao’s club Internacional said that Spurs needed to get their offer closer to £20 million and so the bid was rejected.
The failure to bring in a recognised striker could backfire severely in Spurs’ bid to qualify for the Champions League. Tottenham’s 1-1 draw against Norwich highlighted the need for a forward man. They had to rely on a world-class goal from Gareth Bale to get them out of trouble and Spurs fans will be rightly nervous.
In terms of the players who did come in, Spurs fans can be very happy. Lewis Holtby has arrived six months ahead of schedule from Schalke for just £1.5 million in a deal Spurs Boss Andre Villas-Boas called, ‘The Deal of the Century.’
Villas-Boas went on to compare Holtby to Rafael Van Der Vaart in terms of playing style, and with Sandro out for the season his transfer could make all the difference for Tottenham. Another player joining Tottenham was young full-back Zeki Fryers from Standard Leige for £3 million.
One man not happy about this was Manchester United Manager Alex Ferguson. Tottenham tried to buy Fryers when he was at United 18 months ago but didn’t want to pay the compensation. Ferguson accused Tottenham of dodgy dealings and he said that the deal had Daniel Levy’s fingerprints all over it.
In terms of players leaving White Hart Lane, AVB has trimmed the wage bill considerably. Spurs fans won’t be too sad to see the departure of calamity Goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes to Hoffenheim, or Jermaine Jenas to QPR. Another good bit of business was to let young winger Andros Townsend join QPR on loan for the rest of the season. He is a player with huge potential and could be a big player for Spurs in the years ahead.
Overall, it was a satisfactory window for Spurs, but the fans will hope that they won’t rue missing out on Damiao come the final shake-up.
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