Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino wants to get rid of five senior players and West Ham should be on red alert.
If Tottenham are willing to do business with West Ham in January, there are two players who should be on the Irons’ radar. Danny Rose and Victor Wanyama could boost West Ham’s squad options.
Tottenham put five players up for sale
According to The Times, Pochettino is planning a mass exodus in January. There are five Tottenham players who will leave if the right offer comes in – including Rose and Wanyama.
Serge Aurier, Christian Eriksen and Eric Dier are also on this transfer list. Tottenham have started the season very poorly and Pochettino wants to get rid of his underperforming players.
After exiting the EFL Cup to Colchester United, conceding seven at home to Bayern Munich and slipping up in the league, Spurs are hoping for a fresh start in the second half of the season. But Tottenham’s loss could be West Ham’s gain.
West Ham’s main weakness is no secret. Other than Declan Rice, there is a real lack of depth in the holding midfield role. If Rice is injured, West Ham are in real trouble unless someone is signed in January.
Carlos Sanchez is the only defensive midfielder covering Rice. But the Colombian’s form has been calamitous since his summer 2018 switch to East London. West Ham fans have little faith in Sanchez to fill Rice’s void if the England star is injured.
This is where Wanyama could come in. The Kenyan midfielder is not getting the game time he requires at Tottenham, owing to injuries and his subsequent form. A change of scenery could work wonders for his career.
When he is fully fit and firing, Wanyama is a powerful midfielder who is proven in the Premier League. With just under 200 games in England to his name, the 28-year-old could be the experienced gamble that pays off for the Hammers.
West Ham have tied Aaron Cresswell and Arthur Masuaku down to new contracts recently. But the pair are constantly swapping places in Pellegrini’s pecking order. Rose is the kind of player who could elevate himself above both.
The England left-back has drifted in and out of form for Tottenham but he is still a seasoned professional at this level. He is bound to have a host of potential suitors if Spurs still want to sell him in January.
If Rose, 29, moves to West Ham, Pellegrini could have his new first-choice left-back. This could leave Cresswell as the back-up choice and push Masuaku onto the wing. It could be an arrangement that works out for all parties.