Tottenham Ready For January Fire Sale But Still Expect No New Signings


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Tottenham Hotspur are preparing for a hectic January transfer window with up to half-a-dozen players expected to leave the north London club, according to a Daily Mail report.

Despite a calamitous summer transfer window when they became the first Premier League club not to sign a single first-team player, much-coveted coach Mauricio Pochettino has guided the Lilywhites to second place in the top-flight. Six points behind Liverpool.

Not even the black cloud of the miserable failure to open their new stadium on time dampened their enthusiasm for the current campaign. However, the build costs are spiralling out of control and are estimated to total £1bn, almost double the original budget.

The club’s hierarchy has taken the decision to offload fringe players and cut the wage bill while giving Pochettino a significant transfer war chest next summer.

Among those set to leave are Victor Wanyama, 27, who is of interest to West Ham United. The Hammers are also looking at Chilean Gary Medel, 31. The Kenyan is currently plagued by knee injuries and struggling to stay fit for the tilt at both the Champions League and Premier League.

Also heading to the exit is Moussa Dembele, 31, with AS Monaco ready to off the Belgium international a fresh start and bolster their chances of Ligue Un survival.

The other players for who the club are willing to listen to offers are Vincent Janssen, 24, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, 23, Fernando Llorente, 33, Michel Worm, 35, and Toby Alderweireld, 29, whose £25m release clause becomes effective next summer. Any fee for the Belgian received in January ought to be close to double that although his main suitor, Jose Mourinho, is out of Manchester United which changes the landscape considerably.

Tottenham aim to raise £75m plus with Alderweireld pushing the figure close to £100m if Daniel Levy can exploit the transfer market. However, they face a winter of considerably less with some players barely close to fitness.