Caught offside and other reputable sources have reported that Tottenham are keeping tabs on Gabby Agbonlahor and are weighing up a move for the Aston Villa hitman in the January transfer window. The belief is that Harry is keen to add another striker to his roster of forwards during the next transfer window and that he has been impressed with the form of Gabby so far this season.
These rumours have surfaced around the same time as suggestions that Gabby is playing himself into contention to feature for England at Euro 2012.
I have to say that as well as Gabby has started the season, I can’t see his run of form continuing. I can’t see him being in consideration for an England berth and I can’t see Tottenham making a serious move for him in the transfer window.
I just don’t know where he’d fit into this Tottenham team. Which makes me think: wouldn’t this lack of logic make him a quintessential Harry Redknapp signing? He doesn’t seem to be a signing that Spurs really need, but he’s still a player that could add something to this Tottenham squad.
Harry has always been interested in decent young British talent and Gabby certainly fits the billing. The fact that he doesn’t really fit into Tottenham’s system may end up being somewhat irrelevant.
Something that may put Harry off, however, is the £20m price-tag that has been slapped over Gabby’s head. Now that price seems to be an extremely unfair and unrealistic evaluation of Agbonlahor’s talents, but given that Villa have lost Young and Downing over the summer they’ll be keen to cling on to their best players.
Agbonlahor may have pace and an eye for goal but questions still arise as to his consistency. The only way I can see Tottenham making a move for Gabby is if he keeps up this rich vein of form until January. Since I doubt that that’s a realistic proposition, I also doubt that this is a rumour with much juice.
Although this would be a quintessentially ‘Harry Redknapp purchase’, I just can’t see it happening and in truth I don’t really want it to.
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