Ex-Spurs Hero Hints At January Move For PL Rival Star

Former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton star Chris Perry has suggested that the White Hart Lane club could make a January move for their often linked target Jay Rodriguez, as reported by the Daily Express.

Perry had a 19 year professional career, encompassing time at both clubs, and feels as though Tottenham’s current forward options are not up to scratch when it comes to suiting Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred formation and playing style.

He particularly panned Emmanuel Adebayor, suggesting that he did not have the mobility required to fit into Pochettino’s side.

Perry said: “[Adebayor] doesn’t look particularly mobile and he struggles to play as a lone frontman and unfortunately that’s the way Mauricio Pochettino likes to play. I don’t think he has got the desire to close centre-backs down and run the channels.

“They need someone more mobile and I know they were linked with Jay Rodriguez in the summer and it will be interesting, if he gets fit at Southampton, whether they go back in for him. I know Pochettino likes him as a player.

“I think Harry Kane has done well in little cameo appearances but I don’t think he’s quite ready to start and lead the line just yet.”

 

With Southampton flying high, Rodriguez’s long term injury could threaten his place in the south coast club’s first team after he recovers.

Ronald Koeman has led the St Mary’s club exceptionally since the start of the season, despite significant suggestions that they would suffer relegation.

With striker Graziano Pelle impressing particularly since the season kicked off, Koeman has good options available to him up front.

Reports: Livepool And Man Utd To Wage War Over £34M Star

Liverpool and Manchester United are set to do battle over the signature of Benfica’s wing wizard Eduardo Salvio, as reported by the Daily Express.

The Argentina international is in high demand across Europe, having impressed considerably over the last two seasons since joining Benfica, the Portuguese giants.

The likes of AC Milan, Hamburg, Monaco and Valladolid are all interested in his signature during the winter window.

However, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Liverpool and Man Utd are both also interested in the star.

They are not, however, the favourites for his signature, with Milan thought to be leading the chase, having watched him as Benfica won 3-2 against Estoril.

Having begun his career with Argentinian side Lanus, Salvio moved to Atletico Madrid before joining Benfica on a permanent basis in 2012.

The likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been linked with Salvio in the past, and as a result, Benfica demanded a £34 million fee for the 24 year old.

Revealed: Arsenal Boost In Battle For £37M Midfield Bruiser

Arsenal have been handed a huge boost in their chase for William Carvalho, despite the player having signed a new contract with his current club Sporting Lisbon in recent days, as reported by the Daily Express.

The north London club have been consistently linked with a move for Carvalho, who would fit perfectly into their squad, which lacks a player of his type.

Part of the linkage came as a result of a release clause built into his deal, which would allow a club to sign him for £37 million.

While Carvalho has just agreed a contract which increases his contract tenfold, the buy out clause is still written into his new deal, and therefore he can still be bought for the fixed fee.

Despite the constant speculation, Carvalho is not calling to be allowed to move, and revealed last week that he has not had his head turned.

He said: “Nobody ever heard me say I wanted to leave the Sporting or was dissatisfied. I’ve always been satisfied at Sporting.

“As things have not gone well me start this championship, people think it is because I’m upset, but they could not be more wrong.

“I want to always be right, but that’s football, sometimes things do not go on the pitch as we wish.

“I feel I can give more and can do better than last season. I know I have not been at the highest level, but eventually things will go well and I hope it will be in the next game.”

It remains to be seen if this would change should Arsenal’s interest become formal.