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Tottenham Hotspur's January transfer window recap

The January transfer window has closed. Let's take a look at what Spurs did.

Dele Alli was one of two Spurs purchases in the January window.
Dele Alli was one of two Spurs purchases in the January window.
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What a day! The January transfer window slammed shut at midnight GMT. While at first glance it doesn't appear that Tottenham did a lot of business in the window (and to be sure they did less than some clubs) they made some moves, and were the subject of some intense rumors and transfer speculation that went right down to the wire.

There's plenty of time to analyze what happened. For now, here's a final tally of all the ins and outs at White Hart Lane in the mid-season window.

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  • DeAndre Yedlin (£2.7m, Seattle Sounders)
  • Dele Alli (£5m, MK Dons, loaned back to Dons until end of season)

Two young players, neither of which are going to majorly feature in this year's team? FFS LEVY! But in reality, this is some pretty good business. In DeAndre Yedlin, Spurs get a speedy young right back who is the heir apparent to Kyle Walker (and some would say cast in his mold). Dele Alli is an 18 year old central midfielder who has already scored 12 goals for MK Dons and is considered one of the most outstanding young talents in the Football League. Alli's been loaned back to Dons for the rest of the season, but he'll undoubtedly get his chance next year.


  • Kyle Naughton (£5m, Swansea City)
  • Aaron Lennon (loan, Everton)
  • Benoit Assou-Ekotto (free transfer)
  • Jordan Archer (loan, Millwall)
  • Emmanuel Sonupe (loan, St. Mirren)
  • Nathan Oduwa (loan, Luton Town)
  • Kenneth MacEvoy (loan, Colchester United)
  • Dominic Ball (loan, Cambridge)
  • Milos Veljkovic (loan, Charlton Athletic)
  • Grant Hall (loan, Blackpool)

With only one sale and a bunch of loans, Tottenham's window looks quietish on this front as well. Kyle Naughton to Swansea for £5m is a pretty good piece of business, and while Aaron Lennon is a fan favorite and an important servant to Tottenham Hotspur, his loan to Everton (presumably with an option/mandate to purchase this summer) gets a fringe player and reported rabble-rouser off the books and out of the club. Meanwhile, a bunch of youth players got development loans, and we finally say a long, sad goodbye (and LOL) to Benoit Assou-Ekotto.


  • Younes Kaboul (sale)
  • Emmanuel Adebayor (sale)
  • Etienne Capoue (sale)
  • Adrien Rabiot (purchase)
  • Kevin Mirallas (purchase)

Perhaps the biggest stories of the transfer window deadline day were the deals that DIDN'T happen. Emmanuel Adebayor was THIS CLOSE to being loaned to West Ham before Daniel Levy torpedoed the deal by refusing to subsidize his wages to a London rival club. Etienne Capoue was wanted by West Brom, but he scuppered his own transfer by refusing to move. Younes Kaboul was also linked to numerous clubs, but nothing came about.

The near-loan of Adrien Rabiot from PSG should be counted as a near-miss for Spurs; one wonders if the deal for Dele Alli was a backup plan. Considering the Rabiot deal was likely a temporary loan with no option to buy, it's perhaps a little hard to fault fans for being glad this one didn't go through. Spurs also pretty clearly wanted Kevin Mirallas as part of the Aaron Lennon to Everton loan, but the Toffees weren't having it, and Spurs may try again this summer.