Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino stated ‘I don’t believe there will be a lot of movement’ when asked about the Lilywhites’ late-January spending plans, after dismissing a move for Chelsea wing-forward Andre Schurrle.
However, Spurs have been linked with plenty of potential targets that play in or around the same position as Schurrle, so the Argentine’s words ought to be seasoned with a decent serving of sodium.
The good people up in bwin towers have priced a market on how many signings Spurs will make between now and the transfer window’s close, with ‘None’ the second-biggest quote of five options on offer at meaty 8/1 odds.
Four or more obviously holds little appeal at 16/1, while it’s difficult to see the north Londoners landing three new boys (7/1) considering the relative dearth of rumours doing the rounds with only a few days left to buy.
Nevertheless, wide forwards/strikers Schurrle, Sevilla’s Carlos Bacca, West Brom’s Saido Berahino, PSV’s Memphis Depay, Southampton’s Jay Rodriguez and Fenerbahce’s Emmanuel Emenike have all been mentioned as possible winter targets during the silly mid-season.
The sextet above are all able play across the forward line, and Spurs seem fairly well stocked elsewhere.
Right-back Kyle Walker has returned from injury in fine form and the England regular faces healthy competition from new understudy DeAndre Yedlin, while Benjamin Stambouli, Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb have all been plus-points in midfield over the campaign.
With that in mind, backing Spurs to buy exactly one player before the transfer deadline at 6/4 looks a very smart bet, particularly in relation to the 5/4 offered about two brand new bodies rocking up the Seven Sisters road before we get too far into February.
Pochettino takes his charges to Sheffield United for the second leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final, with the visitors holding a 1-0 advantage from the first leg. They’re 11/100 to reach the Wembley final against Chelsea, and evens simply to win at Bramall Lane.