Spurs Eye January Raid On Real Madrid
Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen for the club to make another attempt to land Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao when the transfer window opens in January
Although the summer transfer window is officially closed that doesn’t stop clubs working hard behind the scenes to prepare for future signings, so we’ll keep you up-to-date with all the latest gossip. Today, Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas wants to sign Fabio Coentrao in January.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is keen for the club to make another attempt to land Real Madrid left-back Fabio Coentrao when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to the Evening Standard.
Spurs were heavily linked with a move for the Portuguese defender in the summer but the players reluctance to join a club not in the Champions League combined with his £100,000-a-week wages scuppered any hopes of a deal being struck.
The 25-year-old has struggled to command a regular first team place under new boss Carlo Ancelotti this season – making just 3 appearances so far – with the Italian tactician preferring Marcelo at left-back.
This has lead to further speculation that Coentrao could be on the move in January and the Standard claim that Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas wants the club to once again try to lure him to White Hart Lane, this time on a short-term loan deal.
The newspaper suggests that a deal will remain difficult to pull off as Madrid are under no pressure to get rid of the player, while Coentrao will still have to be persuaded to join a non-Champions League club and his wages are still likely to be a stumbling block.
However, AVB is in need of cover at left-back and seemingly wants to bring in the Portugal international. Danny Rose has struggled to overcome a foot injury which has left the north Londoners exposed on that side of defence this season. Centre-back Jan Vertonghen has had to fill in at times as Kyle Naughton is not comfortable on that flank, so the addition of Coentrao would give Tottenham real depth in that area.
A major factor could be whether Portugal get past Sweden in this month two-legged play-off to reach the 2014 World Cup. If they make it, Coentrao may be more open to a loan move in order to get regular first team football under his belt in the run up to the World Cup.
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