Sunderland striker Asamoah Gyan could be part of a swap deal with Tottenham forward Jermain Defoe, as well as Spurs paying £5m to the Black Cats, according to The Metro.
Defoe has found himself surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane and Sunderland are interested in the former West Ham United and Portsmouth striker. Sunderland have brought in nine signings already this summer and are looking to bring in a new forward to bolster their attacking options.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp is supposedly interested in Internacional striker Leandro Damaio, but the valuation by the Brazilian side of £10m is said to be hindering any sort of offer. Gyan impressed since his transfer from Rennes last summer, scoring 10 goals in 20 appearances. Redknapp is interested in trying to improve his attacking options with the signing of the Ghanaian.
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Diarra nears Real exit.
Tottenham target Lassana Diarra has been left out of Real Madrid’s squad for their pre-season tour of America, sparking rumours that Diarra could be on his way out of the club.
The Metro reports that the former Chelsea and Portsmouth player has been linked with Spurs this summer and Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp used to manage Diarra at Portsmouth. The White Hart Lane side were originally put off by the £18m valuation from Los Blancos, but are prepared to negotiate a transfer fee to sell the French midfielder.
Spurs could face competition from Manchester United for the 26 year old, but the Premier League champions are reportedly more interested in Toulouse midfielder Moussa Sissoko. Diarra has been frozen out at Real Madrid and would like a move back to England, where he thrived under the management of Spurs boss Redknapp.
Wilkins: Modric exit likely.
Ray Wilkins has told The Sun that Tottenham are wasting their time in trying to hold on Luka Modric and believes that the Croatian will soon be a Blue.
The 25 year old midfielder has been told by the Spurs chairman Daniel Levy that he is not leaving White Hart Lane this season and have already dismissed a £22m offer from Chelsea as ‘ridiculous’. Spurs manager Harry Redknapp has admitted that the Spurs Player of the Year is confused with the amount of speculation concerning a move, but is happy to be at Tottenham.
Wilkins, the former Chelsea assistant manager, believes that Chelsea will soon make a new offer that would match Tottenham’s valuation and he would be worth every penny. The former Manchester United, Chelsea and QPR midfielder Wilkins also believes that the Blues will bring in more signings under new manager Andre Villas-Boas.
Wilkins said: ‘There will be some big names coming in and there will probably be a few disappearing as well. I think it will be extremely difficult for Tottenham to hold on to Modric, if you look at the numbers being thrown around. Modric is a fantastic player – he and Gareth Bale lit up the Premier League and Champions League for me with their performances’.
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