Tottenham news – Spurs want Pedro to replace Bale, Iaquinta and Benzema links, Everton want Kranjcar

Spurs want Pedro to replace Bale.

Footballtransfertavern reports that Harry Redknapp has faced up to losing Gareth Bale and he is already lining up a replacement.

The Welshman’s impressive form has seen him linked with a number of Europe’s top clubs and there are rumours that he will be looking for a move if Spurs fail to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

As a result, Redknapp is reportedly tracking Barcelona star Pedro who won the World Cup with Spain with a view to signing him next summer. The 23-year-old can play either down the left or right and stars as both a winger and striker and he also has a powerful shot from long range.

Iaquinta linked.

Sport.co.uk reports that Tottenham are interested in signing Vincenzo Iaquinta. The striker has been with Juventus since the summer of 2007 and he won the World Cup with Italy back in 2006. More recently, he scored against Manchester City in the Europa League.

The player’s agent, Andrea D’Amico, admitted that Spurs have been tracking the former Udinese star: “I don’t like to comment on rumours. I do know that Vincenzo is tracked by several clubs, including Tottenham, who have been interested in the player for a long time. Having said that, nobody has called me directly.”

Everton want Kranjcar.

Everton are reportedly considering a move for Nico Kranjcar. According to the Daily Post, David Moyes is still a fan of the player he tried to sign back in September 2009 and with the midfielder out-of-favour at Spurs, the deal may well go through this time.

Last year Kranjcar opted for a move to White Hart Lane over Goodison Park, declaring: “In the end, the tradition and greatness of Tottenham made the difference.” The Croatian international, who scored twice at the weekend against Israel, has failed to start a game since the arrival of Rafael van der Vaart and he could be used as part of a deal that sees Steven Pienaar heading in the opposite direction.

van der Vaart would have joined Arsenal.

Rafael van der Vaart has admitted that he would have jumped at the chance to sign for Arsenal. The 27-year-old has become an instant fans favourite at Spurs but his comments about their North London arch rivals are unlikely to go down too well. According to Sky Sports, Tottenham expressed their interest in the Dutch midfielder 12 months ago but he rejected a move and choose to stay at Real Madrid so his wife could continue her chemotherapy in Spain. Asked whether any teams would have changed his mind, however, he declared: “I would have moved to Bayern Munich,? but they weren’t interested. Arsenal? Yes of course, that would have been fantastic.”

Benzema to Spurs?

Real Madrid’s interest in signing Luis Suarez could open the doors for Karim Benzema to move to Spurs. According to Sport.co.uk, Los Blancos have singled out the Ajax striker as their top transfer target in January and a deal for the Uruguayan would be sure to seal Benzema’s exit. In other transfer news, Goal.com reports that Roma, Fiorentina and Genoa are all closely monitoring Giovani dos Santos. Napoli had appeared to be the likely destination for the Mexican international but they could now face stiff competition from their Serie A rivals.

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