Tottenham will make an ambitious attempt to land three Liverpool players if – or when – they decide to cash in on Luka Modric.
Manager Harry Redknapp is already looking to a future without the Croatian and will use the funds of his projected £35m sale to Chelsea to strenghten his squad and he hopes to do that with the signings of Joe Cole, Lucas Leiva and Dirk Kuyt.
The former West Ham boss has expressed his desire to work with Cole again having brought him through the ranks at Upton Park. Despite the England international’s travails since moving to Merseyside 12 months ago, Redknapp still feels the 29-year-old has plenty to offer and the player himself would jump at the chance to link up with his mentor.
Dirk Kuyt is a surprise target given that he is already 31 years old yet his inexhaustable engine and eye for goal have seen him emerge as one of the most consistent performers for Liverpool – and in the Premier League generally – over the past couple of seasons. With first team opportunities diminishing with a change of formation at Anfield, the arrival of Jordan Henderson on the right flank and Kenny Dalglish’s preference to field Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll in tandem up front, Kuyt could be persuaded to move to north London.
Lucas could prove the trickier to extricate from his employers after finally getting to grips with English football last season. One of the Reds’ more dependable players last campaign, the 24-year-old Brazil international has carved a niche for himself at the base of midfield and Redknapp would like him to reprise that role at White Hart Lane especially with Wilson Palacios bound for Stoke and Sandro injured.
Having spent a considerable sum on players in recent months, Liverpool could be tempted to sell – especially given their bloated midfield – though they are likely to demand more than the £25m that Spurs will offer.