Lloris and Dempsey arrived, Van der Vaart left, but there was one final piece of the puzzle that Spurs couldn't find to complete the jigsaw on deadline day...
It’s a well known fact that Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer window never starts until deadline day itself. Daniel Levy regularly makes his move when the deadline is quickly approaching. Fans have, at times, welcomed this, others not so much. The departure of Luka Modric on Monday kick-started the merry-go-round at White Hart Lane and it continued to pick up pace as time ticked closer to Friday’s 11pm deadline.
Moussa Dembele arrived on Wednesday from Fulham, but it wasn’t until deadline day that Spurs really began to make their movements. It started with a bang, with the news that Rafael van der Vaart was to complete a move back to Hamburg, the team he left in 2008 for Real Madrid. A fan favourite, yes, but it remains to be seen whether he could be incorporated into Andre Villas-Boas’ high pressing game.
The Dutchman completed his long awaited return to Germany early on Friday afternoon, meaning there was time for an adequate replacement to come in. Sky Sports News initially broke that Spurs had agreed a club record £22m fee with FC Porto for summer long target Joao Moutinho. This was quickly followed up by the reports of Hugo Lloris at the lodge.
Pictures began to reach televisions across the country; the France captain was indeed in North London. Jumping for joy, fans began salivating at the prospect of the duo turning out at White Hart Lane and can you blame them? Both were tracked by the club for much of the summer. Then the rumours began to get silly; could Fernando Llorente really be amongst the trio arriving at Spurs in the greatest deadline day ever?
Sky Sports News initially broke that Spurs had agreed a club record £22m fee with FC Porto for summer long target Joao Moutinho.
Supporters were excited, only to see their hopes dashed that evening. Spurs had failed to agree personal terms with Moutinho and the deal looked to be off. Surely it shouldn’t be that hard to fork out the extra wages to bring Villas-Boas’ top target to White Hart Lane? The seconds turned to minutes; minutes to hours and as the clock ticked towards 11pm, fans were to end up disappointed.
Moutinho hadn’t arrived, while a bid for Llorente had been turned down as quickly as it had been lodged. However, it wasn’t all doom and gloom; the speculation surrounding Lloris’ move quickly began to filter down through the media. Spurs had secured the signing of the France captain for *just* £8.9m. A shrewd acquisition would be an understatement; Lloris is one of the finest goalkeepers in world football and at only 25-years-old, will only get better.
However, with Spurs missing out on Moutinho, the same couldn’t be said about Clint Dempsey. Reports all days suggested Liverpool were front-runners for the American, but after news filtered through that the Reds couldn’t agree a fee with Fulham, the North London side snuck in and lodged a bid for the 29-year-old.
Over an hour passed before it was confirmed that Dempsey had indeed secured a switch to White Hart Lane. A shock to some, maybe, but a good signing it has to be said. All in all with the likes of Danny Rose and Giovani Dos Santos departing, the former on-loan, Spurs’ deadline day has been, in a word; good, but not great.
Great would’ve seen Moutinho arrive and would’ve seen Spurs add the deep-lying playmaker the club so desperately need to replace Modric. The departure of Van der Vaart is disappointing, but he didn’t fit into Villas-Boas’ system and has regularly stated his intent to return to Hamburg in the past. A deadline day that could’ve been better, but isn’t worth jumping off a bridge about. As fans of any club would say; onwards and upwards.
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