A Swansea summer

Tottenham are the only Premier League club not to have signed a player, at least we were at the time of writing, and for some fans that's a worry.

Wilfried Bony


Everyone else is buying so we must buy, why? We bought seven players last summer who need improving, couldn't we just improve those seven instead? The other option of course is to have a conveyor belt installed at the clubs entrance, one for incoming, one for outgoing. That would really provide the stability we need.

How can fans call for stability on one hand and then should for signings on the other?

This summer is about evolution, not revolution. The squad needs rebalancing, reshaping and that will take place over several windows. Right now it's improve two key areas, left-back and centre-back and then if the right deals come along at the right price then strengthen other areas. If not then its wait for the next window and see if the right deals at the right price are available again.

Ben Davies is signed, it just hasn't been announced yet as a triumvirate of deals are being concluded before we do. He has however passed a medical and if the pictures are correct started training with Spurs.

Swansea fans were up in arms when I suggested a job lot was being organised, quoting daft sums of money for the players we were interested in. The reality is far nearer my assessment that three players would cost around £18 million (€22.79m).

Michel Vorm has agreed personal terms and is to undergo a medical which gives us a reliable number 2 for the next eight years. There will be plenty of games for him with a Europa League campaign, with no doubt long arduous trips and Cup games so I'd expect to see him playing quite regularly. The £3.5 million (€4.43m) fee is as expected and not the crazy £6 million (€7.6m) upwards some were quoting.

Gylfi Sigurdsson was pulled out of the 2014 Pre-season US & Canada Tour game against Seattle Sounders just 20 minutes before kick-off, so clearly agreement with Swansea had been reached and all possibility of injury had to be avoided. He is set to undergo a medical with the Welsh club and while its a separate deal will cost the same as Den Davies is costing us.

We have thus signed 2 players for a cost of £3.5 million (€4.43m) so far.

The other deal on the table is for Wilfried Bony. Spurs are looking for a player who cam play left sided and cut in with a goal threat. That player has to be comfortable in front of goal and able to interchange with the other three main attackers, he therefore needs to be able to play centre-forward.

We can either sign a goalscoring winger in the Erik Lamela mould or a central striker who can adapt his game. I have not done enough research on Wilfried Bony to ascertain if he can play that role or whether he is merely to add to the central striker bank, perhaps allowing the departure at a loss of Roberto Soldado.

I simply can't see Levy taking a hit on the Spaniard so I'd expect him to stay and if he does i'd expect him to regain confidence and show us all what he can really do regularly, instead of in flashes.

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Tottenham put in an unofficial offer for Wilfried Bony, who is known to want to leave and join a top 6 club as the next step in his career. Daniel Levy has since just sat back and let everyone else do the rushing around. With several offers for several strikers it has been a question of seeing what everyone else does  and how each situation pans out.

As it was the hoped for bidding war is not panning out, these things never do. Bidding wars are actually a myth, teams evaluate a player and set their fee, the amount they are willing to pay, then then try and acquire the player for less, while the selling club try to sell for more than a true valuation.

Sometimes it works, such as Southampton managing to get an inflated £30 million (€37.98m) out of Manchester United for Like Shaw or Everton, again from Manchester United, getting £27.5 million (€34.82m) for Marouane Fellaini.

Liverpool offered Swansea £12.5 million (€15.82m) which was rejected, Everton cast glances, Arsenal were interested but all of them have fallen away and dropped interest. Remy to Liverpool, Lukaku to Everton and Arsenal not interested in Swansea's valuation just leaves Spurs playing the waiting game with their bid on the table.

No guarantee they will get their man or that we won't sign someone else instead but paying above the odds for him, not a chance.



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