Tottenham Hotspur braced for busy final day of transfer window
Tottenham Hotspur can be expected to indulge in a flurry of deadline-day deals today.
While a deal for Scott Parker is set to be completed day and Harry Redknapp is reportedly interested in moves for Craig Bellamy and Adam Johnson, much of the activity surrounding the White Hart Lane club could concern player exits.
Stoke City are expected to complete the purchase of Wilson Palacios today regardless of seeing half of a double deal for the Honduras midfielder and Peter Crouch fall through when the striker was withdrawn from the deal.
Crouch, who has been on Tottenham's for-sale list with fellow forwards Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavyluchenko for months, may now move to Sunderland, who yesterday lodged an offer for the England centre forward understood to be worth £10m.
Steve Bruce is looking to sell his record signing from last summer, Asamoah Gyan, after the Ghana international petitioned for a move away from the club.
Paris Saint-Germain, Olympique Marseille and Mallorca are all interested in the Gyan, who cost Sunderland €15m last summer. Unhappy with his relatively lowly status on Sunderland's wage scale the player would prefer a move to Turkey. Galatasaray and Trabzonspor are offering €6m plus variables, with Sunderland are demanding bank guarantees.
"There are few clubs that want [Crouch], but we'll have to wait and see with that one," said Redknapp. "It's up to Crouchy. I have had Peter at a few clubs and he's a good player, great guy, but I suppose with [Emmanuel] Adebayor coming in it is an area that we are a little bit overloaded in and he is one that people want. If we're going to do something with somebody then it is a possibility."
Across London Chelsea have resurrected their pursuit of Raul Meireles. Despite being voted the PFA Fans' Player of the Year following an impressive debut season at Liverpool, the Portugal midfielder has been offered for sale to overseas clubs for €13m.
While Liverpool would prefer not to sell to a direct rival for a Champions League berth, Meireles' camp believe a deal may still go through today.
Chelsea are also contemplating a final-day bid for Luka Modric, who they believe may be attainable from Tottenham Hotspur for £40m. The often fractious relationship between Redknapp and Daniel Levy has been tested in recent days with Tottenham's manager attributing his team's poor start to the Premier League season to the uncertainty surrounding Modric's desired exit.
In the Championship, Leeds United have sold their widely admired winger Max Gradel to Saint-Etienne after rejecting offers from fellow French sides Nice and Sochaux. West Bromwich Albion also bid for the Ivory Coast international, who was in the final year of his contract at Elland Road, offering a cash-plus-player deals involving England under-21 left back Joe Mattock among others.
Leeds may also sell back-up striker Billy Paynter today. Brighton & Hove Albion, the Championship leaders, and Coventry City are discussing bids worth up to £500,000 for the 27-year-old. Stoke are close to allowing Wales defender Danny Collins join Nottingham Forest.
Published: August 31, 2011 04:00 AM