On the website: caughtoffside.com there were reports this morning that nine players are set to be “offloaded” so the club have £60m to spend to keep Modric and Bale happy. Personally, i’m more interested in the club signing players so we could improve, however according to the media, players will be bought to keep the more talented payers happy and to show them what direction the club is heading to.
You will probably be able to immediately work out the players that have been included in the reported list. Giovanni dos Santos, Robbie Keane, Niko Kranjcar, Wilson Palacios, Alan Hutton, Sebastian Bassong, Jermaine Jenas, Younes Kaboul and David Bentley were the players mentioned. It goes on to say about the interest from other clubs regarding Younes Kaboul, Robbie Keane, Niko Kranjcar and Jermaine Jenas.
Blackburn have become the one of the favourites to get Keane. There wasn’t that much speculation, but many people have been suggesting that Blackburn are going to make the most of their new owners’ money and go on a major spending spree, and Keane could be part of that. I think that Keano has to be sold. It’s reported he is one of the highest earners at the club, and the longer they leave it, the less his value is going to become. It’s obvious that he has had a great career at Spurs but it is the right time for it to come to an end.
Tottenham are also willing to let Dos Santos go, providing that the price is right. They are saying that it would take £6.5m to sign him. I can’t argue with the price, but he seemed pretty good at the World Cup for Mexico, and he’s scored a few belters at the CONCACAF cup. So maybe it is worth giving him a try? However, I just can’t see him getting a run in the team. Redknapp would not drop Lennon for a whole season, he’d be a fool to drop Bale and VDV would start complaining if GDS took his place. So maybe letting him go is the right option for both the player and the club.
There’s also speculation that Norwich are interested in David Bentley, but I can’t see that going through. Firstly, Tottenham would demand a price they couldn’t match and Bentley would probably have to take a rather large wage cut to go there.
The main thing though that is coming from all of these stories, is that the club is asking too much. But when a striker is sold for £50m and scores once and when Man. City spend loads of money on average players, it really is very tricky to determine how much to sell a player for.