The January transfer window is often one that allows clubs to strengthen adequately for the remainder of the season. Whether the team is question is staving off the threat of relegation or pushing for the title, it gives the opportunity for a side to bring in new faces for the business end of the campaign, and Tottenham Hotspur are no different.
Andre Villas-Boas' side may be third in the Premiership following the festive period, but fans still believe that Spurs are one or two players away from really pushing on to secure a place in the Champions League next season.
There are those that pray for the likes of Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo to join, but let's be realistic with the potential signings over the next month. While Ezekiel Fryers may've already signed and Lewis Holtby set to arrive over the summer, there are three players that Spurs supporters would ideally see move to White Hart Lane before the deadline at the end of the month.
Spurs came excruciatingly close to signing to Portugal international from FC Porto over the summer, but were left disappointed after failing to complete the deal prior to the 11pm deadline. Nevertheless, reports continuously circulate that a deal is in the pipeline, regardless of speculation suggesting the midfielder is happy to remain at the Estadio do Dragao.
While Mousa Dembele has all but fully established as a regular starter in Villas-Boas first team, his underlying hip problem means he is suspect to injury, as proven earlier in the season. Without the Belgian, Spurs lacked the creativity he provides from deep and saw their domestic form drop detrimentally.
Spending £22m on a player that may not be starting, no matter the capability of Moutinho, wouldn't be the wisest investment intially, but should Sandro, Scott Parker and Dembele find themselves sidelined for one reason or another, Spurs lack any real strength in depth to cover.
Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore have been linked with moves away from White Hart Lane this month, meaning strengthening the midfield could be pivotal. Villas-Boas is a fan of the 26-year-old and his signature would be a real sign of intent for the club.
Not necessarily a permanent switch for the Dutchman, more a loan move for the out of favour Inter Milan midfielder. Spurs are supposedly his favoured choice with a January move, no matter of reported interest from Liverpool and Queen's Park Rangers.
Regardless of the deal being completed for Holtby, he won't be arriving at White Hart Lane until July and it's evident that Spurs need a number 10. Gylfi Sigurdsson and Clint Dempsey has failed to set the world alight following their summer switches and the creative influence that Rafael van der Vaart brought to the team against those that look to “park the bus” is certainly missing.
Sneijder could provide that link behind the front-man that Sigurdsson and Dempsey, to date, have failed to deliver. A permanent deal may not be ideal, such is his high wages and possible fee that Inter would demand, but on a loan deal would be justifiable.
With it, the Dutchman could find his place in the shopping window strengthened, while Spurs would have a number 10 to provide the spark from the midfield, until Holtby arrives from Schalke in July.
Jermain Defoe may've been in scintillating form for Spurs this season, but at 30 his best years are likely to be coming to an end sooner rather than later. Furthermore, with Emmanuel Adebayor doing his best to alienate himself from the Spurs fans, coupled with the likelihood of the front-man departing for the African Cup of Nations with Togo this month, a striker could be essential for the top four push.
Step forward Leandro Damiao. Again. The prodigious Brazilian has, for the fifth consecutive transfer window, been linked with a move to White Hart Lane amidst reports Spurs may actually look to secure their long-term target in January.
A need for a powerful striker to lead the front-line is absolutely essential if the club are to push on. Defoe may've been in impressive this season, but he isn't the ideal striker to suit the 4-2-3-1 that Villas-Boas has looked to implement.
Leandro has proven time and time again, both for club and country, that he's more than capable at leading the front-line admirably, while his physical attributes means he is perfectly suited for the English game.