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Tottenham's No. 1 January Transfer Target

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11:  Edin Dzeko of Manchester City scores his team's second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur at the Etihad Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent ISeptember 3, 2013

With the summer transfer window now slammed shut, it's time to look ahead to the next window in January.

After all the moves they made over the past few weeks, Tottenham has an interesting few months ahead.

Through just three Premier League matches, the club has already worked six players into the starting lineup that were not in the club last season in new signings Paulinho, Nacer Chadli, Roberto Soldado and Etienne Capoue and previous loanees Danny Rose and Andros Townsend.

Further, new signings Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Vlad Chiriches should be threatening to push their way into the starting XI.

Hence, Spurs could be looking at an almost entirely new side by the time the January transfer window rolls around.

However, with so many moving pieces, it is unclear where every player will fit and whether he will be able to thrive with the rest of the team.

Luckily, the January transfer window is in place for just a situation, with clubs able to reload at weak positions.

Now, it is very difficult to see where a club might need help four months on, especially with a full schedule of fixtures in the middle.

After all, one or two injuries could easily derail any position and leave Tottenham with new needs.

However, one position that Spurs can afford to address even without injury concern is striker.

While Tottenham's latest signing at striker, Roberto Soldado, has shown signs of being more than competent, the rest of the depth does not inspire too much confidence.

Both Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor struggled mightily last season, dealing with injuries and facing horrendous dips in form.

As these are Spurs' only options behind Soldado, it would make sense for Spurs to pursue another option in the near future.

One such option that would be promising for Tottenham is Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko.

The Bosnian's size and power would be a great foil to the speed of Soldado, allowing one to come off the bench and greatly influence a match.

Dzeko's goal-scoring rate speaks for itself, as he has scored 14 Premier League goals in each of the past two campaigns.

So why would City let such a player go?

For one thing, Dzeko currently sits as one of five strikers at the Etihad.

With Sergio Aguero an almost automatic pick for the Citizens, and new signings Alvaro Negredo and Stevan Jovetic coming in with high hopes, playing time could drop this season for the Bosnian.

As the World Cup is approaching this summer and Bosnia-Herzegovina are looking like dark-horse threats, this status would be unacceptable for Dzeko.

Thus, it is not too infeasible to think that Dzeko could look to force his way out of City come January, not only affording Tottenham the opportunity to swoop him, up but also for a cut-rate price.

It's too early to be thinking about these moves as certainties, but Spurs should be considering a January move for Edin Dzeko.

 

 

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