Tottenham Hotspur haven’t shopped in east London for 11 years but they could raid West Ham United this summer as Antonio Conte considers a transfer to sign Tomas Soucek.
This is acc football.london, reporting Spurs could be looking to refresh their engine room during the off-season. Conte “is a fan” of Soucek among a handful of potential targets, with Harry Winks’ future in north London all but certain as he has failed to establish a major role.
Winks is now likely to seek a move from north London to secure regular playing time next season. His departure is expected to see Conte keen to sign a more offensive option to support defensive end Rodrigo Bentancur, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Oliver Skipp.
Tottenham have long been interested in Southampton’s prolific free-kick star James Ward-Prowse. However, a move for the England international will depend on how much Spurs are willing to pay for a position after the Saints captain last year extended his contract until 2026.
Conte eyeing Soucek – Tottenham transfer amid West Ham contract talks
Conte also likes Soucek and could try to make the Czech star the first player to join Tottenham directly from West Ham since 2011. The 27-year-old will also be in the last two years of his contract this summer. but has alternative suitors at his door.
reports from 90 mins Note that at least two Premier League clubs are monitoring Soucek’s contract negotiations with the Irons. David Moyes has shut down all discussions as he doesn’t believe his £19 million The signing of Slavia Prague in the form of 2020 currently guarantees new conditions.
When Moyes updated the Hammers hierarchy of his position, Soucek felt a little undermined at the London Stadium. With Conte keeping a close eye on Soucek’s situation, how have the last five players fared who joined Tottenham straight from West Ham?
Scott Parker: Last Spurs will sign directly with the Hammers
Scott Parker is the youngest player to join Tottenham directly from West Ham £5 million in 2011. Spurs signed the then 30-year-old following the Hammers’ relegation when he submitted a transfer request and expressed his desire to continue playing in the Premier League.
The midfielder had spent the last four years at Bordeaux and Blau after one £7 million Transfer from Newcastle United. However, he only spent two years in north London before joining Fulham £3 million. Parker stayed at Craven Cottage until his retirement in 2017.
Parker left West Ham after a strong tenure on a personal level that led to a recall in England. The Football Writers’ Association also named him Player of the Year in 2011 and was also England’s Player of the Year. He played 63 games for Spurs.
Jimmy Walker: Free arrival, free departure after just one season
Jimmy Walker made a brief move from east to north London in 2009 free transfer from West Ham to Tottenham. The Hammers fired the goaltender at the end of his contract that summer, prompting Harry Redknapp to secure cover for Carlo Cudicini.
Spurs lacked coverage between the sticks after an injury ruled out Heurelho Gomes for a long time. But Walker only served as a bench press during his Tottenham career and did not appear in all competitions before his departure in 2010.
Redknapp dropped Walker after just one season before Walsall brought the shot-stopper in October. He had previously played for Saddlers before joining West Ham in 2004 and stayed at Bescot Stadium until his retirement in February 2013 after a player-coach role.
Michael Carrick’s move from Tottenham to Manchester United has been terminated
Tottenham paid West Ham £3.5m for Michael Carrick’s August 2004 transfer, amid competing interests from Crystal Palace, Everton, Portsmouth and West Brom. Arsenal were also considering a deal but withdrew their interest. Pompey, meanwhile, thought they had agreed upon a fee.
However, Carrick was reluctant to move to Fratton Park and he would only spend two years in north London. Manchester United made one £13 million nosedive, which rose to £18.5million with add-ons, in 2006 after the midfielder turned down a new Spurs deal because he knew of their interest.
He had entered the last two years of the agreed contract after moving to White Hart Lane from the Irons. During that time, he played 75 games before playing 464 games for the Red Devils. He also won five Premier League titles, the Champions League and the FA Cup.
Jermain Defoe: Premier League record holder in north London
Jermain Defoe played twice for Tottenham during his 22-year professional career. His first started in February 2004 after moving to New York from West Ham £7 millionand lasted for four years until joining Portsmouth £9m sealed in a late-deadline-day deal around 01:00 a.m.
The forward struggled to establish himself as a top dog before joining Pompey but left with Spurs’ last trophy. Defoe helped win the 2008 EFL Cup and rejoined the club a year later £15 million. Redknapp targeted his signature after leaving Pompey for Tottenham.
Defoe would remain in north London for another five years before joining Toronto in what was an MLS record £6 million. He also set a joint Premier League record in November 2009 when one of now five players scored five goals in a single game – beating Wigan Athletic 9-1.
Frederic Kanoute: Martin Jol’s short-lived star after West Ham’s transfer to Tottenham
Frederic Kanoute was Martin Jol’s short-lived forward during the Dutchman’s tenure as Spurs manager. The Mali striker moved from West Ham to north London in 2003 £3.5m. Still, he would only last two seasons at Tottenham before securing a move.
The Irons explored the signing of Kanoute as well as interest from three Premier League sides as of The guard. But he sealed instead a €6.5m (£5.5m) to move to Seville, where he would remain until 2012. Kanoute joined Chinese club BJ Guoan until his retirement in December 2013.
Kanoute made 73 appearances with Tottenham in all competitions after joining from West Ham but only scored 22 goals. His best Premier League return of eight came during his last 32-game season. He started 22 times while Defoe scored 13 in 35 games.
So Tottenham have clearly had mixed success in their recent West Ham transfers with Conte considering Soucek. But it’s been a long time since Spurs last ambushed the Hammers.
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https://www.hitc.com/en-gb/2022/04/30/defoe-tops-last-5-west-ham-to-tottenham-deals-as-conte-eyes-19m-ace/ Defoe leads the last 5 West Ham-Tottenham deals while Conte has his sights set on a £19m ace