Tottenham have enjoyed an exceptional start to the 2023-24 campaign, but it will be interesting to see how they react to their recent setbacks when the January transfer window opens.
After going unbeaten in their first 10 outings, and briefly topping the table, Ange Postecoglou’s side have lost back-to-back matches – all the while losing key men Micky van de Ven and James Maddison to injury. The gossip columns are rife with rumours that the club will look to bolster the squad at the next opportunity.
We’ve taken a closer look at five players that Spurs have been tipped to sign in the winter window.
Tottenham tried to sign the Bournemouth defender in the summer, and given their lack of depth in that area it would make a large degree of sense for them to revisit the potential deal in January.
Kelly, a former captain down at the Vitality, has racked up over 100 appearances for the Cherries but is out of contract in the summer – meaning that the mid-season window represents Bournemouth’s last chance to receive a fee.
The Standard report that Spurs will target a new defender following the injury sustained by Van de Ven, and Kelly is one of the names on their list.
It would likely take a large fee to prise away the England international from Selhurst Park midway through the 2023-24, given his importance at the heart of Crystal Palace’s defence.
Guehi signed a five-year deal when he joined from Chelsea in 2021. Media reports suggest that the club are attempting to tie him down with a new extension, but time will tell whether he signs it or can be tempted elsewhere.
The Standard state that Spurs are “long-term admirers” of the 23-year-old, although they concede that Palace are unlikely to sanction a sale in January.
Another centre-back, Caceres goes a little under-the-radar at Mexican outfit Club America. But his stock has skyrocketed in recent weeks, having produced colossal performances for Marcelo Bielsa’s Uruguay as they pulled off historic World Cup qualifying victories over Brazil and Argentina.
Postecoglou is famously happy to explore more obscure markets, and South American journalist Fernando Esquivel has reported that negotiations are underway between Spurs and the Liga MX outfit for Cacares’ signature.
Watch this space – there could be something in this one.
Sebastian Cáceres vs Argentina de Messi pic.twitter.com/xOiY2TENVV
— Club América Out Of Context (@OutOfContextAme) November 17, 2023
An Englishman abroad, 20-year-old forward Iling-Junior is a player worth keeping an eye out for.
He’s only featured on the periphery for Juventus this season, making four substitute appearances that total just 113 minutes in Serie A, which suggests that the Italian giants would consider him expendable for the right price.
Miguel Delaney of The Independent reports that Spurs are looking at signing the England Under-21 international.
One to take with a pinch of salt, the Brazilian winger has consistently been linked with a move back to the Premier League ever since he joined Barcelona from Leeds in the summer of 2022.
Raphinha enjoyed a respectable debut campaign with Barca, notching seven goals and seven assists as they won the La Liga title, but he’s struggled to kick on in year two – leading to suggestions that they’ll look to make their money back on the 26-year-old.
Mundo Deportivo report that Tottenham have entered the race for Raphinha’s signature.