Despite being in obvious need of reinforcements, Tottenham Hotspur have been surprisingly quiet in the transfer market thus far.
Spurs finished some six points off the top-four pace last season and if they intend to bridge the gulf between themselves and the Champions League qualification places in 2015/16 – they’re 4/1 to finish in the top-four – investment in the final third is much needed.
Despite this, the only White Hart Lane arrivals to date are centre-back twosome Toby Alderweireld and Kevin Wimmer and right-back Kieran Trippier.
This, however, is subject to change, or so say the Daily Express.
Spurs have moved to address their attacking deficiencies by bidding for Chelsea’s Victor Moses, offering as much as £8m for the winger according to the paper.
Should the move transpire, it would represent the latest instalment in a growing portfolio of Blues slights directed at their cross-capital rivals in relation to the trade of wide players.
The first instance was Jose Mourinho’s infamous Willian heist of 2013.
As the Brazilian grafter licked the nib of the pen to ink his Spurs contract, Chelsea intervened and successfully talked him into signing on at Stamford Bridge instead.
Infuriated and still in need of a winger, the Lilywhites went back into the market the following winter transfer window, where they hoped to sign Mohamed Salah from Basel.
Assuming it was safe to re-enter the water with Chelsea’s wide-man craving sated following their galling Willian swipe, Spurs once again found themselves helpless to prevent the Blues muscling them out of the move.
Instantly a peripheral figure, Salah was loaned to Fiorentina after a year in which he featured 19 times, essentially confirming the west Londoners’ signing of the Egyptian was purely to prevent him moving to Tottenham or Liverpool.
Now, if these reports are to be believed, Chelsea stand to trouser £8m, almost an entire reimbursement of the sum they paid Wigan to sign him in 2012, for a player who they have almost no use for whatsoever.
Similarly, it’s difficult to deduce how Moses would enhance Spurs.
He earned plenty of plaudits for his efforts in the Potteries, but his figures from the previous season are average at best.
Selected to start only half of the club’s league games, he was barely an integral figure, a statement backed up by returns of three goals and as many assists.