English Analysis: The Definitive List Of Every Player Tottenham Tried And Failed To Sign In January

Bids from £250,000 to £38m but Spurs still missed out on their targets.
Tottenham's actions in the January transfer window were so chaotic that it came as little surprise when it emerged on Monday night they had tried and failed to sign Charlie Adam - a player they didn't even need - at the last minute.

After all, this came at the end of a month that started with the failed attempt to sign David Beckham on loan and a weekend when Spurs chairman Daniel Levy made club record bids for no fewer than three strikers, including Atletico Madrid's Sergio Aguero and Fernando Llorente of Athletic Bilbao.

In the end, while Fernando Torres joined Chelsea for £50 million and Andy Carroll switched Newcastle for Liverpool in a £35m deal, Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp was the odd man out and left with £30m burning a hole in his pocket.

The Londoners started the month desperate for an A-list striker, they finished with just two South Africans to show for their efforts. Midfielder Steven Pienaar signed from Everton in a £3m deal while unknown defender Bongani Khumalo joined from Supersport United for an initial £500,000.

Here, Goal.com UK takes a look at the A-Z of targets Spurs missed out on...

Charlie Adam

Age: 25            
Club: Blackpool
Nationality: Scottish
Level of interest: Bid Accepted
Why they wanted him: Last minute panic after not signing anyone
Why they failed: Ran out of time to complete paperwork on £6.5m deal

Sergio Aguero
Age: 22
Club: Atletico Madrid
Nationality: Argentine
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: World class striker in the mold of Carlos Tevez with excellent scoring record
Why they failed: Spanish club wanted more than the £38m offered, player signed a contract extension and happy to stay until the summer

David Beckham
Age: 35
Club: Los Angeles Galaxy
Nationality: English
Level of interest: Advanced Talks
Why they wanted him: Iconic sportsman to enhance brand while adding experience and winning mentality to the squad on a two-month loan stint
Why they failed: The MLS side would not allow him to join for more than a few weeks and Redknapp did not feel it was worth sacrificing a squad place or the cost of wages and insurance. Now training at the club

Karim Benzema
Age: 23
Club: Real Madrid
Nationality: French
Level of interest: Enquiry
Why they wanted him: Quality striker who they thought could be available because of a fractured relationship with Madrid boss Jose Mourinho
Why they failed: Injuries to key players meant Real Madrid could not let him leave and he hit a run of form after being given chances in the side

Andy Carroll
Age: 22
Club: Newcastle (now Liverpool)
Nationality: English
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Tall, strong and powerful forward to lead the line with 11 league goals under his belt this season
Why they failed: Early inquiry and bid of £23m two days before the close of the window both rebuffed – then he signed for Liverpool for £35m

Edinson Cavani
Age: 23
Club: Palermo/Napoli (loan)
Nationality: Uruguayan
Level of interest: Enquiry
Why they wanted him: In brilliant form in Serie A, an excellent finisher and strong in the air
Why they failed: No way he was leaving Napoli mid-season and will join the club on a permanent deal at the end of the season

Lassana Diarra
Age: 25
Club: Real Madrid
Nationality: French
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Holding midfielder highly rated by Harry Redknapp after he worked with him at Portsmouth
Why they failed: Spurs had a £10m bid rejected and refused to pay the £18m asking price. Wages in the region of £90,000-a-week also an issue

Edin Dzeko
Age: 24
Club: VfL Wolfsburg (now Manchester City)
Nationality: Bosnian
Level of interest: Enquiry
Why they wanted him: Physically imposing, technically talented striker who could lead the line and get on the end of crosses from Gareth Bale
Why they failed: The Londoners were willing to pay the £27m asking price but they knew they would be blown out of the water by Manchester City's salary offer

Luis Fabiano
Age: 30
Club: Sevilla
Nationality: Brazilian
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Brazil's No.9, long-term target with a fantastic goalscoring record and started January out of favor at the Spanish club
Why they failed: Only offered a loan deal before the player hit form, would have struggled to pay wages of over £90,000-a-week

Diego Forlan
Age: 31
Club: Atletico Madrid
Nationality: Uruguayan
Level of interest: Advanced Talks
Why they wanted him: Voted best player at last year's World Cup, proven goalscorer with experience in the Premier League
Why they failed: Refused to match Atletico Madrid's £14m pricetag and couldn't get near wages of more than £100,000-a-week

Hulk
Age: 24
Club: Porto
Nationality: Brazilian
Level of interest: Enquiry
Why they wanted him: Quick, direct attacker with excellent dribbling skills and highly rated across Europe. Record of better than a goal a game this season
Why they failed: Portuguese club will not sell until the summer, when he should be available for £25m. Also concerns over work permit issues

Fernando Llorente
Age: 25
Club: Athletic Bilbao
Nationality: Spanish
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Technically skilled striker, tall and strong with an excellent goalscoring record in recent seasons. Superb at heading home crosses
Why they failed: Bid of £33m was not enough, player wants to stay until the summer (when he will probably sign for Real Madrid) and club adamant they wouldn't sell

Romelu Lukaku
Age: 17
Club: Anderlecht
Nationality: Belgian
Level of interest: Enquiry
Why they wanted him: Teen sensation branded the 'new Drogba' and attracting interest from all the top clubs on the continent
Why they failed: Player and his dad want him to finish his schooling before joining an English club in the summer

Scott Parker
Age: 30
Club: West Ham
Nationality: English
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Another long-term target who Redknapp wanted to add energy and bite to his midfield
Why they failed: Hammers rejected £10m bid on Sunday and have always insisted they will not sell their star man. Bad blood between the clubs over the Olympic Stadium

Alvaro Negredo
Age: 25
Club: Sevilla
Nationality: Spanish
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Desperate for the striker in the final days of the window
Why they failed: Sevilla were tempted with a £15m bid but didn't want to sell without a replacement guaranteed

Phil Neville
Age: 34
Club: Everton
Nationality: English
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Experience and winning mentality to add to fragile backline, able to play in a number of positions
Why they failed: Opening bids of £250,000 and £500,000 branded "insulting" by David Moyes before the Scot resisted an improved offer in the final hours of £1.5m for the Everton captain

Giuseppe Rossi
Age: 24
Club: Villarreal
Nationality: Italian
Level of interest: Bid Rejected
Why they wanted him: Former Manchester United forward in sensational form in Spain, natural finisher
Why they failed: Bid of £25m earlier in the window turned down, returned with huge offer of more than £30m on the final day but Villarreal deemed it was too late

Luis Suarez
Age: 24
Club: Ajax (now Liverpool)
Nationality: Uruguayan
Level of interest: Advanced Talks
Why they wanted him: Talented all-round striker with stunning goalscoring record deemed available and willing to come
Why they failed: Redknapp changed his mind and decided he was too much of a second striker and not worth £20m. Expressed late interest but by then the player had made his mind up to join Liverpool – which he did in a £22.8m deal

Mirko Vucinic
Age: 27
Club: Roma
Nationality: Montenegrin
Level of interest: Inquiry
Why they wanted him: Fitted the characteristics Redknapp was looking for in a lone striker, unsettled in the Italian capital
Why they failed: Redknapp had not seen enough of him to be convinced that he warranted a bid in excess of £15m and was concerned about his inconsistent goal return

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