To Tottenham?

Some player catches your eye in some other league, or you read about some player somewhere and he sticks in your mind. Come transfer window and he’s linked with Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs have been known are shrewd merchants when it comes to player transfers. Under the strong Chairmanship of Daniel Levy, Spurs have not only able to attract loads of fringe stars year after year, they also have enough financial power to retain their good players till the optimum North London shelf life and sell them to other clubs and make enough profits.

Year after year they keep on doing this business and posses a large squad of international stars.

I had an irresistible urge to go back 5 years and check all their incoming and outgoing players. I also checked on the number of appearances and tentative profit.

Lets go year by year.



Players In: August window: 8

Notable purchases:

Tom Huddlestone – Derby County, (est. £2,500,000)

Paul Stalteri – Germany Werder Bremen, (undisclosed)

Aaron Lennon – Leeds United, £1,000,000

Wayne Routledge – Crystal Palace, £1,250,000

Lee Young-Pyo – PSV Eindhoven, (undisclosed)

Jermaine Jenas – Newcastle United, £7,000,000


Players In: January window: 3

Notable purchases

Danny Murphy – Charlton Athletic, £2,000,000

Players Out: January window: 5

Notable sales

Sean Davis, Noé Pamarot, Pedro Mendes – Portsmouth, £7,500,000 pounds combined.

Michael Brown – Fulham

Transfers in: – £13,750,000

Transfers out: + £7,500,000

Total spending: – £6,250,000



Players In: August window: 8

Notable purchases:

Benoit Assou-Ekotto – RC Lens, £3,500,000

Didier Zokora – Saint-Étienne, £8,600,000

Dimitar Berbatov – Bayer Leverkusen, £10,900,000

Mido – Roma, Undisclosed

Steed Malbranque – Fulham, £2,000,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Wigan, £4,500,000

Players Out: August window: 8

Notable sales:

Stephen Kelly – Birmingham City, £750,000

Michael Carrick – Manchester United, £18,600,000

Andy Reid – Charlton Athletic, £3,000,000

Players In: January window: 3

Notable purchases:

Adel Taarabt – RC Lens, Undisclosed

Ricardo Rocha – Benfica, £3,200,000

Players Out: January window: 3

Notable sales.

Calum Davenport-  West Ham, £3,000,000

Transfers in: – £32,700,000

Transfers out: + £25,850,000

Total spending: – £6,850,000



Players In: August window: 5

Notable Purchases

Gareth Bale – Southampton, £5,000,000

Darren Bent – Charlton, £16,500,000

Younes Kaboul –  Auxerre, £8,000,000

Kevin-Prince Boateng – Hertha Berlin – £5,400,000

Players Out: August window: 5

Reto Ziegler – Sampdoria, Undisclosed

Mido – Middlesbrough, £6,000,000

Danny Murphy- Fulham, Undisclosed

Players In: January window: 4

Chris Gunter – Cardiff, £3,000,000

Jonathan Woodgate – Middlesbrough, £8,000,000

Alan Hutton – Rangers, £9,000,000

Gilberto – Hertha Berlin, £1,900,000

Players Out: January window: 4

Notable Sales:

Wayne Routledge – Aston Villa, £1,250,000

Jermain Defoe – Portsmouth, £7,000,000

Transfers in: – £57,500,000

Transfers out: + £14,250,000

Total spending: – £43,250,000



Players In: August window: 10

Notable Purchases

Luka Modrić – Dinamo Zagreb, £16,000,000

Giovani Dos Santos – Barcelona, £5,000,000

Heurelho Gomes – PSV Eindhoven, £7,800,000

David Bentley – Blackburn Rovers, £15,000,000

Roman Pavlyuchenko – Spartak Moscow, £14,000,000

Vedran Ćorluka – Manchester City, £8,500,000

Players Out: August window: 12

Notable Sales

Teemu Tainio – Sunderland, £5,000,000

Paul Robinson – Blackburn, £3,500,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Sunderland, £5,000,000

Robbie Keane – Liverpool, £19,000,000

Steed Malbranque – Sunderland, £7,000,000

Younes Kaboul – Portsmouth, £6,00,000

Lee Young-Pyo – Borussia Dortmund, Undisclosed

Dimitar Berbatov – Manchester United, £30,750,000

Players In: January window: 5

Notable purchases

Jermain Defoe – Portsmouth, £9,000,000

Wilson Palacios – Wigan Athletic,  £12,000,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Sunderland, £4,500,000

Robbie Keane –  Liverpool, £12,000,000

Players Out: January window: 7

Transfers in: – £104,500,000

Transfers out: + £68,750,000

Total spending: – £35,750,000 



Players In: August window: 7

Notable Purchases

Kyle Walker – Sheffield United, Undisclosed

Peter Crouch – Portsmouth, £10,000,000

Sébastien Bassong – Newcastle, £8,00,000

Niko Kranjčar – Portsmouth, £2,500,000

Players Out: August window: 15

Notable sales

Didier Zokora – Sevilla, £7,500,000

Darren Bent – Sunderland, £10,000,000

Pascal Chimbonda – Blackburn Rovers, £2,000,000

Kevin-Prince Boateng – Portsmouth – £4,000,000

Players In: January window: 1

Younes Kaboul – Portsmouth, £8,00,000

Players Out: January window: 2

Transfers in: – £28,500,000

Transfers out: + £25,250,000

Total spending: – £3,250,000



Players In: August window: 3

Sandro – Internacional, £6,000,000

William Gallas – Arsenal, Free

Rafael van der Vaart – Real Madrid, £8,00,000

Players Out: August window: 5

Notable Sales

Adel Taarabt – QPR, £1,00,000


Players In: January window: 2

Notable Purchases

Steven Pienaar – Everton, £1,00,000

Transfers in: – £18,500,000

Transfers out: + £1,050,000

Total spending: – £17,500,000


In 2011-2012, Spurs have added Brad Friedel (Aston Villa, Free), Scott Parker (West Ham, £5,500,000) and Emmanuel Adebayor (Manchester City, on Loan) and have sold Woodgate (Stoke, Released), Jamie O’Hara (Wolves, £5,500,000), Robbie Keane (L.A. Galaxy, £3,500,000), Alan Hutton (Aston Villa, Undisclosed) and Palacios, Crouch to Stoke.

Now in January Tottenham are linked with Alessandro Del Piero, Amauri, Chris Samba and even bringing David Beckham back to England.

After a whirlwind of transfers seeing 59 players coming to White Hart Lane and 74 heading out in last 5 years, Harry Redknapp seems to have finally settled on his squad.

GK     Heurelho Gomes

GK     Carlo Cudicini

GK     Brad Friedel – 14 Starts

DF     Younès Kaboul – 14 Starts

DF     William Gallas

DF     Sébastien Bassong

DF     Michael Dawson (vice captain)

DF     Vedran Ćorluka

DF     Ledley King (captain) – 9 Starts

DF     Kyle Walker – 13 Starts

DF     Benoît Assou-Ekotto – 14 Starts

MF     Tom Huddlestone

MF     Aaron Lennon – 9 Starts
MF     Scott Parker – 12 Starts
MF     Rafael van der Vaart – 10 Starts
MF     Luka Modrić – 12 Starts
MF     Gareth Bale – 14 Starts

MF     Niko Kranjčar

MF     Danny Rose

MF     Jake Livermore

MF     Sandro

MF     Andros Townsend

MF     Steven Pienaar

FW     Roman Pavlyuchenko

FW     Emmanuel Adebayor (on loan from Manchester City) – 12 Starts

FW     Giovani dos Santos

FW     Jermain Defoe


Now since Harry Redknapp has finalized his squad and identified the pivotal stars, Spurs will have to do desperate attempt to hold on to them and attract new players.

They pulled out a major rabbit out of the hat by signing Rafael Van Der Vaart on the transfer deadline day and have shown massive resolve by keeping Luca Modric in the club.

Spurs are riding high on 3rd position in the league till today and have a good chance of qualifying for the Champions League.

Don’t be surprised if Spurs decided to do a massive clean up of the fringe players and do a revamp. Apart from who is coming in Manchester United, my eyes will be on the transfer activities by Spurs for sure.


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