Transfer Focus: What Tottenham Hotspur need to do in the January transfer window

With the January transfer window quickly approaching, we take a look at the business that may be conducted by some of the top clubs in Europe. Here's a look at Tottenham Hotspur..

This Season's Stats
                  Premier League: 5th
Europa League: Round of 32
FA Cup: Third round
Capital One Cup: Fourth Round (Eliminated)
Games: 26
Won: 12
Lost: 7
Drawn: 7
Win %: 46.15%
GF: 42
GA: 31
GF ratio: 2.35
GA ratio: 1.73

Their Season So Far

Villas-Boas's side has picked up after a slow start

After a disappointing and a slow start to the season, new manager Andre Villas-Boas is finally settling in as his Tottenham side still hunts for a top four spot come the year end. Although defeats to Chelsea and Arsenal have been big blows, key wins against Liverpool and Manchester United have helped Spurs keep their ambitions alive. With a period of such transition that has seen a young manager and new players join the club, the fans can take solace from their season so far.

Villas-Boas suffered an early blow at the start of the season when club captain Ledley King announced his retirement. This in addition to Luka Modric's flirtation with Real Madrid which later became a reality prompted Villas-Boas to bring in Clint Dempsey, Moussa Dembele, Jan Vertonghen and Emmanuel Adebayor to White Hart Lane. Brad Friedel was getting no younger and Spurs needed a credible keeper to back up the American. Hugo Lloris was signed from Lyon to serve this purpose and after a slow start has made the Number 1 jersey his own.

Although the club has seen occasional jeers by the supporters, overall Villas-Boas has had a decent start to his Tottenham career as he looks to overcome his failure with Chelsea.

What They Need

Villas-Boas needs a striker to partner Defoe

Andre Villas-Boas knows this window is important for Spurs as it could shape the remainder of their season. Tottenham need to make signings to show that they mean business. With fellow London clubs Arsenal and Chelsea both not in best of their form this is a chance for Spurs to seize the initiative.

Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor are the only two strikers present in the squad and with the latter not living up to his potential this season, Villas-Boas needs an established striker who can chip in with goals when needed.

The club also needs a dominating force in the midfield who can provide those killer passes and quality balls from dead ball situations. Also the North London club need a top notch centre half as William Gallas is not suited to the high defensive line that Villas-Boas prefers. An injury to Younes Kaboul and with the hazy future of Michael Dawson, Belgian Jan Vertonghen remains the only credible central defender. 

Prime Targets

Joao Moutinho

Moutinho can add the flair needed in the midfield

Joao Moutinho has been a long term target for Tottenham as Andre Villas-Boas tried to sign him at the over the summer but the deal fell through at the final day of the transfer window. Ever since Luka Modric left the club for Real Madrid, Spurs have struggled to find an ideal replacement for him even though they have signed Clint Dempsey and Moussa Dembele from Fulham to fill in that vacant position.

Moutinho has the ability to provide those defense splitting passes and the Portuguese has the same creativity that Modric brought to this side.

VIDEO: Spurs should target Moutinho

Leandro Damiao

Damiao has been a long term target for Spurs

One of Tottenham's longest serving saga has been of Leandro Damiao. The player has been linked with the club for the last two seasons. With Spurs lacking options in attack, Villas-Boas might go out to strengthen the squad and Damiao has the potential to shine in this Tottenham side.

Damiao is a proven goal scorer who has made his mark for the Brazilian national side as well. The Brazilian bagged 6 goals in the Olympics and has been finding the net regularly for Internacional. The striker is only 24 years old and Damiao can easily fit in this re-building Spurs side.

Fernando Llorente

Llorente is a proven goal scorer

One of the key positions where Spurs have lacked depth has been the striking department. Spurs are currently left with Defoe and Adebayor as forwards and an injury or loss of form to any one of them can hamper their chances of a successful campaign.

Fernando Llorente has the ability to fill that void for Spurs. The Spaniard, who at the start of the season, expressed his desire to leave Athletico Bilbao is a transfer target for numerous clubs. Llorente is a proven goal scorer for the past couple of seasons and his 29 goals tally of last season helped Bilbao reach the finals of the Europa League last season.


Willian can add a new flair going forward 

The Shakhtar Donetsk winger announced himself to European football after a wonderful last season. The Brazilian has become one of the most talked about talents in world football and is one most commonly talked about player when discussing transfers. Willian has been a part of a Shakhtar squad that has won 3 League titles and has the ability to play behind the striker or in the wings.

Rumour: Willian to Spurs

Willian once again showed why he is one of the most sought after talent right now after helping his side progress to the next round of the Champions League, beating Chelsea on their way.

Who Could Leave

Assou-Ekotto has been linked with a move away from Tottenham but it seems unlikely Villas-Boas would release any players in the January transfer window.

Chelsea targetting Assou-Ekotto

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