Tottenham’s dreadful season went from bad to worse in the home leg of their Europa League last-16 tie against Benfica and the Lilywhites are 11/1 to overturn a two-goal deficit and go through to the next stage, but Tim Sherwood’s side continue to be linked with some of the best players around.
Ukraine outfit Dnipro, who Spurs knocked out of Europe’s consolation competition at the last-32 stage, have claimed that the north Londoners are in for Liverpool January target Yevhen Konoplyanka, who plies his trade on the wing.
With Aaron Lennon, Erik Lamela, Andros Townsend, Gylfi Sigurdsson and Nacer Chadli already scrapping for two wide spots at White Hart Lane, it’s difficult to see Spurs going for another winger this summer, so here’s three targets who’d be much more useful.
The fact that they’re all called Alex is merely a happy coincidence.
Spurs have benefitted from Sherwood’s decision to bring Emmanuel Adebayor out of the cold to the tune of ten goals since mid-December, but the Togo international is not a man to rely on and with Jermain Defoe now plying his trade in the MLS, a new striker is required at White Hart Lane.
With Champions League football looking off the menu for the Lilywhites next term, they’ll have to lower their transfer sights considerably this summer, but could do worse than taking a look at Lyon hitman Lacazette, who’s bagged 15 times in 33 Les Gones appearances this term.
Alex Rodrigo Dias da Costa (AKA Alex)
At centre-half Spurs have had a nightmare campaign, with new signing Vlad Chiriches constantly injured and captain Michael Dawson continually caught for pace, while stand-in skipper Younes Kaboul’s knees could go at any time.
To make matters worse, Jan Vertonghen – whose form has dipped this term after a fantastic first Premier League campaign – hasn’t ruled out leaving White Hart Lane.
How they must rue selling Steven Caulker to Cardiff last summer, but a move for former Chelsea bruiser Alex could prove as shrewd as the signing of William Gallas from Arsenal in 2010.
The 31-year-old has started 25 Ligue 1 games for Paris Saint-Germain this season, but may be deemed surplus to requirements by boss Laurent Blanc very soon, with Thiago Motta and Marquinhos considered his long-term first-choice centre-half partnership.
What Andre Villas-Boas was thinking when he sent his only specialist left-back, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, to QPR on loan at the start of this season is anyone’s guess.
Danny Rose, the left-winger AVB felt would make a great full-back, started the campaign brightly before succumbing to injury, forcing the Portuguese and then Sherwood to field Vertonghen and Kyle Naughton out of position, with generally disappointing results.
Left-back may well be the spot Spurs need strengthening the most and a move for Alex Sandro – Porto’s six-cap Brazilian youngster – would prove that the north Londoners retain the ambition they showed when spending £100m-plus last summer, while solving their problem position with one of the most promising players in Europe.