27 Dec 2022 03:41:19
Merry Christmas everyone! Hope your holidays are going well!

Ed could you please share who spurs have an interest in for this transfer window?

{Ed002's Note - I can only tell you where I know of interest - I cannot sensibly comment on the timings of transfers.

Hugo Lloris (G) Signed a two year extension but Spurs could look to a replacement this summer.
Alfie Whiteman (G) Out of contract in the summer.
Joe Rodon (CB) Will be available.
Clement Lenglet (CB) Will return to Barcelona and then be sold.
Djed Spence (RB) Not getting games - may seek a loan.
Emerson Royal (RB) Upgrade wanted - Atletico may offer an option.
Sergio Reguilon (LB) Loan to Atletico not gone well - Spurs will move him on.
Harry Winks (DM/CM) will be available.
Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg (CM) Newcastle have a declared interest. Real Madrid were to ask for a loan which could be attractive to the player, but that interest has gone. Conte is very keen to keep him so a new contract will be offered.
Giovanni Lo Celso (CM) Villarreal real want another year on loan, probably with an obligation to buy. Atletico may offer an option for the player who failed to settle.
Harry Kane (S) Bayern Munich have him as a potential Lewandowski replacement and I expect they will make an offer - and Spurs know it is coming. Manchester United interest remains. Spurs will look to a contract extension.

PLayers who have been considered:
Illan Meslier (G) Expected interest of Manchester in 2023 has shifted to others. Chelsea and Spurs do have an interest. Prior interest of PSG has gone, and that would attract the player if it returned. Bayern Munich off an attractive solution. Leeds will not sell and you can expect the player to stay where he is for a couple more years.
Josip Juranovic (RB) Atletico Madrid offer the player first team football whilst Manchester United, Chelsea and Spurs can only offer him a role as cover but that may change at Spurs if Emerson Royal departs. Celtic have agreed a replacement already.
Pedro Porro (RB) High risk option for Spurs.
Milan Skriniar (CB) Inter will fend off an approach from PSG by offering the player a new contract to avoid him leaving as a Free Agent. Spurs have also been interested and both sides have been told a new contract will be agreed, although he could be sold in January if he continues to refuse.
Giorgio Scalvini (CB) Inter, Spurs, Juventus and Southampton have shown an interest in the young Atalanta centre back who has attracted numerous interest from scouts - if Skriniar fails to sign a contract in January then expect Inter to make an offer.
Sofyan Amrabat (DM/CM) Fiorentina were expecting to lose money on a sale but an excellent World Cup has changed that. Spurs contacted Fiorentina through a third party to take him as an Ndombele replacement in the summer, and Liverpool, Barcelona and Nice have had scouts watch him and have spoken with his representatives, but seemingly not Fiorentina yet. Agent has spoken with Arsenal and Chelsea as well. The player says he wants to move to Atletico Madrid and they are keen. Will be available in January but the price may be an issue. Unclear why Spurs would want as he is primarily a DM.
Joan Gonzalez (CM/DM/AM) Conte is keen to take the you Spaniard from Lecce but could face interest from Frank Lampard. Seen as a very good prospect but a Work Permit may be difficult to get initially.
Adrian Rabiot (CM/DM) Juventus are looking to replace their midfield misfits (Zakaria, Arthur, McKennie, and Rabiot). They are looking to fund replacements they have already identified. Rabiot will, like every other player, be offered to Newcastle. A third party has been instructed to find him a new home and he can be used in part exchanges. He has been offered to Chelsea as part of a deal for any of several Chelsea players Juventus are interested in, but Chelsea want to keep transfers as clean as possible. With Manchester United struggling to find midfield players, he becomes a squad option but the wages being asked could kill off any deal. A return to PSG is seen as an option but PSG have preferred targets. Monaco is a good option. Approaches have been made to Barcelona - but they will look to others, and Arsenal who have a much preferred target. Liverpool, Everton, Newcastle and Spurs may provide unlikely wildcard options.
Weston McKennie (CM) Fiorentina would like to take the player and Juventus are looking to add a leading CM and need to raise funds and offload Weston McKennie, Zakaria, Arthur and Rabiot. A representative of Juventus was in London for talks with Chelsea over another player and was asked to meet with West Ham who have declared an interest. I am not so sure the player would be interested. Spurs have declared an interest in the player and it is possible Liverpool could take him on loan and return Arthur - that won't suit Juventus who want to raise around €30M from a sale.
Alexis Mac Allister (CM/AM) Brighton are not looking to sell the player but are aware of interest from Juventus and, particularly, Atletico Madrid. Premier League clubs including Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Spurs have had scouts been attending Brighton games to watch several players and have apparently all taken note of him.
Dejan Kulusevski (W) Loan to permanent seems most likely in the summer.
Adama Traore (RW) Valencia, Leeds and West Ham have asked Wolves about his availability and it would not be a surprise to see some serious interest from Newcastle or Spurs. Could potentially still interest Klopp who has had the hots for him before. Wolves will want a new contract agreed. Liverpool interest has not gone away and Adama Traore is not keen on a new contract at Wolves. Someone has done a good job on Paratici to persuade him to talk with Wolves. Spurs would try and include a player in any deal. Interest of Barcelona will have gone following his loan. Everton had a low ball offer rejected but may return with a better offer - but a move will perhaps not suit the player who would want Champions League football ideally.
Wilfried Zaha (LW/RW) Out of contract in the summer. Spurs, Aston Villa and Roma are keen - a wildcard option for Arsenal.
Samuel Iling-Junior (LW/AM) Left Chelsea to join Juventus and is doing very well and playing for the first team although he remains in the NextGen squad. Juventus will give him a new contract to fend off interest from RBL and Spurs.
Ruslan Malinovskyi (AM) Interest of West Ham went nowhere - agreement between the player's representatives and Spurs for a move and all that remains is to make an acceptable offer to Atalanta who use him primarily as a substitute and will not block a move. They will probably shun any loan offer.
Khvicha Kvaratskhelia (LW) In late 2021 Torino, Borussia Dortmund and Lokomotiv Moscow were speaking with Rubin Kazan who said they were not willing to sell at that time. Previously the player had been watched by Bayern Munich and his agent had been hawking him around the Premier League clubs including Everton with, according to him, Leeds showing some interest. CA had been open to the idea of replacing Bolasie and Bernard with him but it was clear something was going on in the background. Remarkably he was sold to Georgian side Dinamo Batumi for money well beyond their means in March 2022. For 3 months Napoli and Juventus discussed a deal with his agent and on July 1, 2022 he moved to Napoli, giving a small profit to Dinamo Batumi. A move to Spain with Real Sociedad was ruled out. Paratici had originally identified him for Juventus and it is was surprise Spurs did not follow up, but that may well have changed. Roma waited too long to be a viable option. The transfers are potentially going to be looked at by UEFA. Don't rule out Real Madrid, Manchester City or Chelsea looking at taking the player who has also attracted scouts from Liverpool and Juventus. Napoli have no intention of selling.
Marcus Thuram (S/LW) Interest of Spurs has probably gone after they added Richarlison in the summer. If Kane were to leave, it may return. Aston Villa have enquired after his availability and Crystal Palace looked at him as a Zaha replacement, but both can be discounted. Arsenal interest has gone. Juventus have been scouting the player but have concerns over persistent knee injuries. Inter are still hovering around the player. Atletico may look to him as a Cunha replacement.
Randal Kolo Muani (F) Eintracht Frankfurt have said they rejected an approach from Spurs for the player they only signed in the summer. Representatives are trying to set up a deal with Bayern Munich.

1.) 28 Dec 2022
28 Dec 2022 02:21:59
Thanks a ton Ed!

Also wanted to understand your opinion of Eric Dier. It’s tough for non football trained eyes to understand how good he actually might be, with him being constantly maligned every game - what do you think of his abilities at CB?

{Ed002's Note - I don't have thoughts on Dier or any other young men.}

2.) 28 Dec 2022
28 Dec 2022 09:34:19
Is he good enough to be a starter at a club wanting to challenge for trophies?

{Ed002's Note - I doubt any club challenging for trophies would look to buy Dier.}