Transfer Rumours transfer thread fact and fiction

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  1. humanbeingincroydon

    humanbeingincroydon Well-Known Member

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    Fortunately it's not Sissoko...
     
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  3. humanbeingincroydon

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    There's a slight issue with Atal this season: he's not playing RB, he's mainly playing as a RW - and on at least one occasion a LW

    Of course, this might play in our favour...
     
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  4. Spurlock

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    Aye...just been reading up on him

    He has been playing as a winger but prefers his RB role...scored on the weekend but claims that he prefers the responsibility of his defensive game.
     
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  5. humanbeingincroydon

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    He was linked during the summer, with the presumption being that Aurier not leaving scuppered the deal - although Nice being taken over by a British billionaire during the summer may have also made it a tad problematic, at least until Boris Johnson became PM and no doubt downgraded him to a mere millionaire...
     
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  6. humanbeingincroydon

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    Scouting the Scouts
    Rumours/reports/whatever suggest that Steve Hitchen has been in Argentina, reportedly scouting the following players

    Agustin Almendra (19yo Boca Juniors central midfielder)
    Adolfo Gaich (20yo San Lorenzo striker, who made his international debut at the end of September)
    Agustin Urzi (19yo Banfield left winger)

    We were linked with Almendra a few months ago, and back then I said he looks like a good long-term prospect, and considering he primarily plays as a number 8 in midfield the obvious suggestion would be that he would be the long-term replacement for Sissoko, although with Boca playing him in a DM role this season I wouldn't be surprised if Poch sees him playing in Harry Winks' false 6 role

    Gaich and Urzi are a little harder to dig up information about, which is more to do with Almendra being seen as the top prospect in the Argentina league than anything else, but from what I can dig up Gaich was linked with Everton in the summer and is similar to Maxi Lopez as his game has the physicality and heading ability of a target man but the speed and instincts of a poacher, while Urzi comes across as being pretty similar to Lamela as he's got the skill but also a hell of a lot of tenacity

    Of course, one obvious counterpoint: our midfield needs a number 6 in it, especially with rumours of Dier and Wanyama being on the chopping block, and none of these players are really that - Almendra is closest, as he's Winks with better tackling, but hardly a Kante-type we so clearly need - and there's the whole most-of-a-back-four question on top of that...
     
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  7. humanbeingincroydon

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    So, yeah, centre backs...

    With it likely that at least one of Verts and Toby are off at the end of the season, and even if one of them stays they need a long-term replacement, it's odd that there's very few stories linking us to centre backs at the moment. On the one hand we technically have plenty in that area in Sanchez, Foyth*, Tanganga and Eyoma, the fact that the aforementioned list includes one player currently being used as a right back for club and country and two youngsters with one start between them, obviously we need to address this with at least one CB signing

    And because I got the ball rolling, here's a short list...

    Dayot Upamecano (20yo, Taurine FC Leipzig, contracted until 2021)
    Pros: likes to pass out from the back; has the physical attributes; hasn't signed a new deal since 2017, giving us some Levy room
    Cons: Leipzig won't be letting him go cheap; current favourite of r/coys, so we'll all be sick of his name by next April

    Ibrahima Konate (20yo, Taurine FC Leipzig, contracted until 2023)
    Pros: similar to Verts in the way he plays out from the back; also has the physical side to his game to fit into the Premier League
    Cons: signed a new contract back in January, so Leipzig can think of a big number if we make an approach

    Jonathan Tah (Bayer Leverkusen, 23yo, contracted until 2023)
    Pros: likes to pass out from the back; heading ability and physicality make him a good option for the PL; quick for a CB
    Cons: it begs the question why nobody's come in for him and, more importantly, why the Germany team always overlook him

    Nikola Milenkovic (21yo, Fiorentina, contracted until 2022)
    Pros: great in the air; an impressive first touch; adept at RB...which we also need
    Cons: a bit of a card magnet in Serie A, so will probably be permanently suspended in the Premier League

    Joachim Andersen (23yo, Lyon, contracted until 2024)
    Pros: Looks like a young Verts with the way he moved the ball; can ping long balls like Toby
    Cons: Lyon only just signed him, reportedly giving us an ultimatum to back off or we wouldn't get Ndombele, so expect a rinsing

    Lisandro Martinez (21yo, Ajax, contracted until 2023)
    Pros: the latest centre back off the Ajax production line, so you know what to expect; left-footed, which Poch is on the lookout for
    Cons: Ajax only signed him in the summer, and with the De Ligt and De Jog cash they can name any number they can think of
     
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  8. Dier Hard

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    Nathan Ake for me. Good ball playing CB plus he’s left-footed, good in the air despite being relatively small for a CB at 5’10/ 5’11 and he’s used to the Prem, think he may also qualify as HG too which would be a bonus.
     
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  9. humanbeingincroydon

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    Good News
    Reports suggest that our current shopping list looks like this

    Ruben Neves
    Youcef Atal
    Thomas Strakosha
    Declan Rice
    Bruno Fernandes
    Ousmane Dembele
    Memphis Depay
    Max Aarons
    Ben Godfrey
    Sean Longstaff

    Bad News
    ...reports from the Twitter account that broke the N'Geme story

    Good News
    We've also got another shortlist, which reads as follows

    Paulo Dybala
    Bruno Fernandes
    Youcef Atal
    Max Aarons
    Ruben Neves
    Nathan Ake

    Bad News
    ...from a bloke named "ITKSpurs079"
     
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  10. humanbeingincroydon

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    Rabiot Watch
    Oh for ****'s ****ing sake...

    Le10 Sport are reporting that it's taken less than three months for Rabiot to royally piss off Juve management, to the point where they're willing to offer him as a potential makeweight in a January deal for Christian Eriksen

    Let me translate this into a language that all parties can understand...
    Juventus: Vaffanculo
    Rabiot: Va te faire foutre
     
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  11. The Huddlefro

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    Reports on Twitter suggesting we’ve re-signed Vorm on a contract to the end of the season
     
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  12. humanbeingincroydon

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    Can he play RB?
     
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  13. The Huddlefro

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    You’ve asked the same question as a few on Spurs twitter hbic and the only answer I can give is yes, he probably can better than Serge Aurier
     
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  14. Dier Hard

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    Makes sense. Not as good as he was in the first couple years we had him but he’s a solid enough option and better than Whiteman at the moment.
     
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  15. bigsmithy9

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    I think it's time for our defenders to lock themselves away and discuss what the hell is going on with us? (If they haven't already done so!)
     
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  16. The Huddlefro

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    Yeah agreed. Can’t help but think that we might be looking for a long-term GK over the summer as well. Hugo isn’t getting any younger or improving and as much as I love Gazza I don’t think the club view him as a first choice option, unless he absolutely smashes it when Hugo is out injured. I’d love to see that.

    Another position on the list of things to fix then
     
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  17. humanbeingincroydon

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    We were linked with Lazio's Thomas Strakosha over the summer, and his name's recently resurfaced on the ITK lists

    I'm sure signing an Albanian won't lead to any pig ignorant chanting from opposition fans at any point...
     
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    What sort of message does that send to Whiteman and Austin?

    Poch usually loves youth but signing Vorm seems weird.
     
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  19. humanbeingincroydon

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    As I was saying back in the summer, one of Whiteman or Austin should've been loaned to get some first team experience - which becomes more obvious with Lloris out injured, as our bench options have no experience outside our U23 side
     
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    It’s official. Hopefully Gazza is first choice for now as I think he’s better than Vorm but as much as I would like to see the young GKs get time, it’s probably the hardest position on the pitch to throw an inexperienced player into and it’s prudent to have Vorm on board should something happen to Gazza, god forbid.
     
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