Tottenham Hotspur Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of December 23
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—LAST UPDATED SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29—
Sunday, December 29
Tottenham Hotspur are targeting Lyon centre forward Bafetimbi Gomis, according to Jamie Sanderson at The Metro.
"The experienced striker is available for around £5 million after telling Lyon he wants to quit the club," Sanderson wrote. "Newcastle and Rubin Kazan were both in talks to buy Gomis in the summer."
Gomis has been in great form but Spurs should target his teammate Alexandre Lacazette who is 22 years old and fits into Daniel Levy's preference of signing players with re-sell value.
Louis van Gaal
UPDATE: Tuesday, December 24
Tim Sherwood is the new permanent Tottenham Hotspur manager, as per the club's official website:
Following the departure of Andre Villas-Boas, the Club can announce that Tim Sherwood has been appointed Head Coach with a contract to the end of the 2014/15 season.
Chairman, Daniel Levy, said: "We were extremely reluctant to make a change mid-season, but felt we had to do so in the Club's best interests.
"We have a great squad and we owe them a Head Coach who will bring out the best in them and allow them to flourish and enjoy a strong, exciting finish to the season.
"We are in the fortunate position of having within our Club a talented coach in Tim Sherwood.
"We believe Tim has both the knowledge and the drive to take the squad forward."
Chris Ramsey, Les Ferdinand and Steffen Freund complete the First Team Coaching set up.
Monday, December 23
The Netherlands national team manager Louis van Gaal has confirmed his interest in coaching a Premier League team.
Could it be Tottenham Hotspur?
"I've always said I want to work in the Premier League eventually, so there's a chance," van Gaal said, via NOS (h/t Dominic Fifield of The Guardian). "But everyone who knows me knows I won't do a job share."
The "job share" comment can be interlinked to the current Spurs situation.
Van Gaal won't like the amount of power technical director Franco Baldini wields or chairman Daniel Levy's propensity to interfere.
He could be Spurs manager for the 2014-15 season as he will step down from the Dutch national team after the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
He is set to be succeeded by Guus Hiddink, as per The Telegraph.
Van Gaal is a UEFA Champions League-winning manager who has won league titles in the Netherlands, Spain and Germany.
He is famed for his high football IQ, and unsurprisingly, three of his mentees have won titles as a manager (Jose Mourinho, Frank de Boer and Frank Rijkaard).
Van Gaal would be an excellent candidate to be the next permanent Spurs manager.
But there are two variables:
1. If interim manager Tim Sherwood wins the UEFA Europa League and leads the club to a top-four placing while playing attractive football, there is no reason why he shouldn't be given another season.
2. What if van Gaal’s Netherlands underperform at the World Cup?
Monday, December 23
You cannot question Vucinic’s quality (scored 19 goals in the 2004-05 season for midtable Lecce, played for Roma and is on the books of Juve), but how durable is he?
December 22, 2013: Per Football Italia, "Mirko is still recovering from a knee injury," Juve director general Beppe Marotta said.
December 7, 2013: Per UEFA.com, "Mirko Vucinic went off with a knee injury before half-time in Friday's 2-0 victory at Bologna."
October 3, 2013: Per Juventus.com, "The tests for Vucinic, who was substituted midway through the first half [in 2-2 draw against Galatasaray], displayed a first-grade tear to the femoral bicep of the striker's left thigh."
September 9, 2013: Per Juventus.com, "The Montenegrin forward [Vucinic] continued his recovery in the swimming pool following a heavy bruise sustained to his left knee during Friday night's draw with Poland."
Here is Vucinic's wish for next year, per UEFA.com: "I will enjoy the moment [being named the Montenegrin player of the year] and hope that next year I don't have so many injuries."
So there are fitness concerns over Vucinic, not to mention Spurs interim manager Tim Sherwood prefers blooding an academy player.
This was evident when Nabil Bentaleb, 19, replaced the injured Mousa Dembele against Southampton even though Etienne Capoue and Lewis Holtby were on the bench.
If 20-year-old Harry Kane is not loaned out in the January transfer window, the team should give him a run rather than signing Vucinic on a short-term basis.
This is the way to go as there is more upside in letting a club prospect such as Kane prove his worth rather than getting a stop-plug measure like Vucinic.
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