The January transfer window will provide Tottenham Hotspur the chance to add and remove players from their squad, but who could be in line for the exit door in N17?
Life at Tottenham Hotspur has been good for Ange Postecoglou so far. The Australian started the season excellently to temporarily lead the Premier League and, after a dip in form in November, are back fighting again.
All eyes now will likely be on if Spurs make any signings during the January transfer window, but what of the players who could be heading for the exit door? Several members of the first-team squad have their futures up in the air, with Tottenham potentially able to cash in good fees for a few.
In midfield, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg was tipped to leave the club over the summer but stayed and has been a regular player to come off the bench for Spurs during the season so far. With Yves Bissouma and Pape Matar Sarr heading to the Africa Cup of Nations in January, it would be wise for Hojberg to stick around, but with the 28-year-old now having just 18 months left on his current deal, speculation around his future will increase.
Hojbjerg has a current market value of around £27.7million according to Transfermarkt, though Spurs would need to weigh up whether that fee is worth losing the experienced Dane at a time when their numbers in midfield are light.
One player who could also be heading for the exit door is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, who was hopeful of leaving the club in the summer but a transfer new came to fruition. Into the final years of his career, the Frenchman has been watching games from the stands and will be desperate to move on in the New Year. The veteran will likely fetch a nominal fee in the window if a buying club can be found, though an exit makes sense for all concerned.
It’s also not beyond the realms of possibility that Eric Dier leaves the club, despite the centre-back getting back into the team in November due to an injury to Micky Van de Ven. Dier would likely command a decent size transfer fee if he were to depart, with his current market value rated at around £15.5million.
Dier’s contract expires in the summer and he was at one point being considered by Bayern Munich, who eventually signed Spurs captain Harry Kane for £100million.
Elsewhere in the squad, Ivan Perisic may have played his last game for Tottenham after the ACL injury he suffered in training in September is expected to keep him out for the rest of the season. There has been some suggestion however that the Croatian could return to boyhood club Hajduk Split in January.
There could be some money made if Ryan Sessegnon is to leave too. The defender had surgery on his hamstring over the summer and is behind Destiny Udogie and Ben Davies in the pecking order. Leaving in the New Year would allow Sessegnon to get his career back on track and, with his value at around £15.5million, he could also bring in some useful capital to the club.