Tottenham look set to dip into the January transfer market and according to the Daily Express, they are ready to do battle with Man United for the signing of Fredy Guarin.
Guarin is a 27 year old Colombian midfielder who plays for Inter Milan. Recent reports emanating from the San Siro suggest Guarin is seeking pastures new.
He had of course knowledge of working under former Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas from his time at Porto, which might have given Tottenham an added advantage. Perhaps he was a Baldini target, and all might still be well?
That said, his price tag of £17 million may scare off Spurs, who already forked out £111 million in the last transfer window.
Further problems arise when you consider how Guarin would fit into a Tottenham midfield already brimming with talent both in central and wide-right positions. Paulinho, Christian Eriksen and Etienne Capoue were all signed in Guarin’s position- and it’s unlikely he would move to Spurs, unless guaranteed of a first-team place.
Nevertheless, he would be a wonderful acquisition for Spurs and would be another statement of intent that they are finally ready to join the big boys and challenge for major honours.
Guarin would bring vast International experience with him as well. He has been capped 47 times by Colombia and is set to play in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.
If he puts in good performance at the finals his price is likely to go up still further, so perhaps it would be better if Tottenham made their move in January rather than later.