9 players who Tottenham could realistically sign in the January transfer window
Luke Shaw (Manchester United)
Shaw may have returned to Manchester United’s starting XI in the last few weeks, but it’s still not clear whether his long-term future lies at Old Trafford. Jose Mourinho has openly criticised the left-back on several occasions in the last 18 months, and the chance to link up with his former Southampton boss Pochettino again would no doubt appeal to the 22-year-old.
Shaw thrived under the Argentine's guidance at St Mary’s and, still some way off his peak years, would be a sensible investment for Spurs. United would probably insist on securing a replacement before agreeing to sell the seven-time England international, but an early offer could hurry them along.
One of the hottest young talents around right now, Malcom has been linked with a host of European heavyweights since the season began. The Brazilian has been a rare bright spot in an underwhelming campaign for Bordeaux, catching the eye with his speed, footwork and long-range shooting.
Seven goals and four assists evidence his productivity in the final third, with the 20-year-old adept at starting on the right flank and cutting infield onto his stronger left foot. Tottenham would no doubt face fierce competition for his signature, but they – unlike a global superclub such as Real Madrid and Barcelona – would be in a position to guarantee a certain amount of first-team minutes, which could work in their favour.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
Barkley almost joined Chelsea in the final few hours of the summer transfer window, before curiously pulling the plug on the deal at the last minute. A hamstring injury has prevented him from appearing for boyhood club Everton in 2017/18, but a return to full fitness is imminent and that could help the 24-year-old seal a move away in January.
Out of contract in the summer, Barkley would likely be available for a knock-down fee in the next few weeks. With Mousa Dembele having struggled with his own fitness in recent times, the Everton midfielder – whose ability to carry the ball through the centre of the pitch is reminiscent of the Belgian – could be a target for the north Londoners.