Speculation surrounding which Spurs central defender will leave or whether more than one will leave. At first it was Michael Dawson, then Younès Kaboul or Vlad Chiriches and finally Jan Vertonghen.
It is not as simple as which is the worse, sell them. The non-home grown rule rears its ugly head with Tottenham currently having their full quota, you can only name 17 aged over 21 in a Premier League squad. The experienced centre-back we are looking to bring in now are aged around 25 or 26 and are non-home grown.
We fully expect Schneiderlin to come in late in the window and he is home grown with Sandro, Capoue or Dembele leaving, all non-home grown. To bring in a new centre-back we have to shift one we have and Vlad Chiriches is the one we are trying to move.
However it may be Younès Kaboul that is the one to leave if we can't shift Chiriches.
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Corriere dello Sport report that Lazio are interested in Younès Kaboul who has a contract with us until 2015 which, according to the Italians he has no intention of renewing. Now I suspect something is lost in translation there and it actually means he hasn't been offered a new contract yet, if one is going to be offered.
The choice for Tottenham is clear, you either offer a new contract or you sell now while you can get a fee. Allowing a player simply to run down his contract and leave for free is bad business. We are trying to bring in Argentinian Mateo Musacchio from Villarreal who is a right sided centre-back.
If we already know about interest in Kaboul from Lazio, and we are bound to, then it could mean we have decided he is going to be sold after the season has started. Following on from that then Dawson would probably stay for another season and we move for Mexican Héctor Moreno next summer after he has recovered form his broken leg.
It would be madness to buy a centre-back who has never played in the league, have a youngster who has never played in the league, with Vlad Chiriches who has flopped in the league and Jan Vertonghen. With two new centre-back to the league we need two experienced centre-backs proven in the league.
Corriere dello Sport say Lazio are costing out the deal expected to be £3.99 million (€5m) to £4.79 million (€6m) but that they hope they can negotiate a lower price in the last few days of August.
Kaboul has not recovered form after his long term injury, indeed he has only ever had one good season at Spurs. He may well recover form this season but he was awful last season and failed to convince the club he should be offered a new contract, without one a sale looks likely. If we fail to bring one in then we may offer a one-year extension.
It won't please many fans but I think Dawson will be here for another season and further I think he'll start against West Ham.