The January transfer window has officially opened and Tottenham Hotspur are being linked with some of the hottest names in soccer.
Over the summer, manager Andre Villas-Boas brought in Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele from Fulham, Jan Vertonghen from Ajax, and Gylfi Sigurdsson from Hoffenheim.
Now, Spurs are looking to once again add to their roster of superstar talent as they set their sights on finishing in the top four.
A trio of midfielders has been linked to the North London club in the past week including Schalke’s Lewis Holtby, Wilfried Zaha of Crystal Palace, and Sampdoria’s Pedro Obiang.
The Daily Mail reported yesterday that Spurs are now the favorites to sign Holtby from the German club ahead of rivals Arsenal.
Holtby would fit in the central midfield role in either the 4-2-3-1 or 4-4-2 formation that AVB has frequently used.
The 22-year-old has played in 22 matches in all competitions this season and has helped Schalke advance into the UEFA Champions League knockout round.
Another young star that is being linked to Tottenham is Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha.
Zaha has been courted by numerous EPL clubs over the past few months, and with the January window opening, a move to the top flight from the Championship seems imminent.
ESPN is reporting that Zaha is looking to make the move to the EPL in January instead of fighting for promotion with his current club.
Crystal Palace currently sit in third place in the Championship, one spot below automatic promotion.
Another player that is rumored to be on the radar of the North London club is Sampdoria’s Pedro Obiang.
The Mirror reported last month that Spurs, Chelsea, and Manchester City were all in the race for the signature of the 20-year-old Spanish defensive midfielder.
If Obiang were to sign with Spurs, that may allow the club to put Scott Parker on the market.
While it is still very early in January and plenty of other players will be rumored to join Tottenham, these three players are very viable options that can help contribute to the chase of Champions League football.