New Tottenham Hotspur manager Andre Villas-Boas has been in the thick of the action since his arrival to White Hart Lane, and is set for a busy summer at the North London club, with as many as five signings lined up by the Portuguese boss before the start of the next season. With Hoffenheim midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson already having joined, and Belgian international Jan Vertonghen set to follow suit, the Independent sheds some light on who they believe will follow suit.
19-year old Manchester United fullback Ezekiel Fryers was unable to agree terms to an extension at Old Trafford after the end of his deal in June, and is now almost certain to be leaving United, with Spurs favourites to lay claim to the talented teenager who will provide competition to the club’s first-choice left back Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
Villas-Boas is also keen on re-uniting with Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho, whose asking price has soared through the roof after his performances at Euro 2012. The midfielder is likely to cost the Spurs anywhere between £20 and £30 million, but would be an excellent replacement for the outbound Luka Modric.
The striking department however is the biggest area of concern for the Spurs, with Jermain Defoe the only recognised option that the Spurs have in attack currently. However, negotiations have been ongoing to make Manchester City misfit Emmanuel Adebayor’s move to White Hart Lane permanent, while Villas-Boas has also been keeping tabs on the likes of Leandro Damiao, Loic Remy, Demba Ba and Giuseppe Rossi.
Finally, the Portuguese boss is looking to find a long-term replacement for the aging Brad Friedel, and is still undecided between gambling on the relative inexperience of the likes of Kasper Schmeichel and Jack Butland, and paying a premium for French international Hugo Lloris.