Tottenham Transfer News: What Next after Damiao Pursuit Fails?

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IFebruary 1, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 11:   Leandro Damiao of Brazil reacts to a missed chance by team mate Oscar in injury time during the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Tottenham may have been busy throughout deadline day, but the club's efforts failed to lure any more targets to the club before the window closed.

The most notable player the club lost out on was Leandro Damiao, the Brazilian striker who Spurs have pursued for the past few windows.

Despite Internacional's release clause for the striker being at £42 million, Spurs reportedly bid somewhere between £13 million and £15 million (per the Guardian and Independent), an offer which the Brazilian club deemed "well below what we expected." 

However, the Guardian is reporting that Internacional's director of football, Marcelo Madeiros, left the door open for a future move, saying that "it is possible that the striker could go in the next [transfer] window."

While this is an exciting prospect for the summer transfer season, Spurs' inability to sign Damiao, or any other striker this January, raises questions for the rest of the club's season.

Through the past few weeks, Tottenham's performances have exposed the lack of depth their side have up front.

As Togolese striker Emmanuel Adebayor has been away with his country at the Africa Cup of Nations, Spurs have had only one experienced and recognized striker to turn to in his place.

To make matters worse, that striker, England's Jermain Defoe, has struggled to find his form of late and really brought Spurs' attack threat down.

With virtually no other option up top, the club has hit a rough patch, especially in their sluggish play in a Premier League draw with Norwich on Wednesday, and an FA Cup loss to Leeds United on Sunday.

Now, with no other striker to compete and lend depth to the position for Spurs, it is quite understandable for supporters to feel apprehensive about the club's run-in.

After all, Tottenham currently have just a one-point cushion in their pursuit of a top-four finish and the Champions League position that comes with it.

Given the inherent flaws in almost every side in the Premier League this season, perhaps Spurs will be able to overcome this lack of depth and fight their way to their season goals. However, it seems like a bit of a risk that the club might have taken care of on Thursday, either through Damiao or another new striker.

Further, it is quite possible that the club could not find a striker besides Damiao that fit the club in terms of style or quality. However, with Champions League football (and thus the future of the club through the summer transfer window) on the line, sticking with this current strikeforce seems like a bit too much of a chance to take.

When the dust settled on another transfer window, one thing seemed assured of at White Hart Lane: Tottenham's rollercoaster season and chase for the top four is set for a tense and tight final few months.


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