Three players Tottenham must sign before the transfer window closes
Three players Tottenham Hotspur must sign before the summer transfer window shuts next month
1) Saido Berahino
The West Brom man had a written transfer request rejected by his employers as he looks to force a Spurs switch through, but the north Londoners remain hopeful of securing the services of the 22-year-old this summer. After scoring 14 league goals for the Baggies last term, the Englishman is in high demand and is making no secret of his unhappiness as being denied a move as he tries to manipulate a move. Although not historically a lethal talisman, Berahino showed last season he has an eye for goal, which would not go in amiss in a Spurs side increasingly reliant on Harry Kane. Mauricio Pochettino have somewhat struggled to find the net so far this season, and lie 16th after a loss and two draws from their opening three fixtures. Any injury to Kane would be disastrous for Spurs, who are increasingly desperate for a striker with just one week of the transfer window remaining. That said, bottom-placed West Brom see Berahino as a key figure in their quest for survival, despite a wealth of attacking options including record signing Jose Salomón Rondón. It could well be a case of Tony Pulis and his club holding out for a bigger fee, which has no doubt been raised by last season’s performances as well as Berahino’s Englishness.
2) Victor Wanyama
The Kenyan has become a pivotal figure in this season’s Southampton side following the departure of Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United, and has quickly seized his opportunity and showed how reliable of a player he is. This is another aspect of the pitch that Spurs ideally need to strengthen, and Wanyama’s experience would be perfect in supporting and competing with current inexperienced tandem Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb. Wanyama has also played with Pochettino before, with the Argentine bringing the defensive midfieler to the South coast in 2013 before departing for White Hart Lane a year later. Spurs could lure their man to London with the promise of a sustained push for European football, although Ronald Koeman has issued a hands-off warning as his players are continually linked with moves away from St Marys.
3) Yannick Bolasie
Advised by his own manager to move to a top club, Crystal Palace man Yannick Bolasie has been one of the stars of the Premier League season so far. Coupled with fellow winger Wilfried Zaha, Congo international Bolasie has helped the Eagles soar to fourth place after three games played. With limited options on the flanks providing inconsistency throughout their White Hart Lane careers, Bolasie would be a breath of fresh air for Tottenham as they look to create chances from out wide in order to relieve pressure on key men Christian Eriksen and Kane. With four goals, six assists and 46 chances created last season, the 26-year-old was one of the club’s best players with a host of exciting skills, and has carried his form into the latest campaign. Admired by fans across the Premier League, Bolasie would be an exciting addition to Pochettino’s squad and would signal the club’s intent at pushing for a Champions League berth that has eluded them since 2012.