According to SportsBILD, Tottenham Hotspur could easily afford Schalke defender Benedikt Howedes. Which, I suppose is technically true. But Spurs could also afford to sign me, and that's not going to happen either.
Howedes is reportedly valued at £13 million, which is within our price range. While Howedes is a talented defender, he is also prone to backbreakingly stupid errors that make you question whether or not he'd be more suited to point shaving for Juventus than playing actual competitive football. Which, now that I think about it, makes him oddly perfect for Spurs. But, he costs a fair amount of money and he is 27 years old, which certainly seems to be on the wrong side of 25 for a Spurs transfer target these days.
Even if all this wasn't a problem, it's hard to see where he fits in. Even if we eject Younes Kaboul and Vlad Chiriches into the sun this summer, Spurs will still have Jan Vertonghen, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, and, presumedly, Kevin Wimmer for their back line. And also, apparently, Ben Davies. So its hard to see why we'd spend £13 million on a defender when we've got so many other needs to fill, and we already have a Bundesliga defender coming in this summer.
If I was to hazard a guess, I'd say that this is Howedes' agent trying to drum up interest for his client and Spurs seem like a reasonable target given that we need defensive help this year and we've been sniffing around Germany for a defender. I doubt we'll see him at White Hart Lane in a Spurs shirt any time soon.