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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood has confirmed that midfielders Lewis Holtby and Etienne Capoue could leave the club ahead of Friday’s transfer deadline.
Holtby has been linked with a move to Schalke and also Borussia Dortmund by the Daily Mail, while Napoli are said to be keen on Capoue -- and Sherwood has admitted the cluster of midfielders in his squad means he is willing to allow some of his fringe players to leave.
Holtby joined Spurs from Schalke in the last January transfer window and has struggled to make his mark in their first team, while Capoue has been hampered by injuries since his nine million pound move from Toulouse last summer and now finds himself out of the first team picture under Sherwood.
“We have a lot of players in that midfield area and if an opportunity does arise and it is right for the club, we will let players move on,” Sherwood said.
“I’m happy with the squad we have got and if no one was to leave, I’d be delighted, but if they do leave, they will have my backing as well.
“I like Lewis [Holtby]. He is a good lad and one of the best trainers we have got at the club, but having been a player myself, I understand all players want to play. If they are not getting a lot of opportunities, you have to be fair to the player. First and foremost, my job is to do what is right for this football club.
“It’s the same with Etienne. He is a good trainer. He has not given us a moment’s problem. He is behind Nabil [Bentaleb] and we have a lot of players in that midfield area. You have to be fair to players and if [a transfer] arises, we will let them move on.”
Sherwood confirmed he is not expecting any arrivals despite Spurs being linked with a move for Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic, as he insisted he has the depth of squad he needs to compete for a top four finish.
“We are not actively looking for anything,” he said when asked whether Tottenham sporting director Franco Baldini was close to tying up any deals. “Unless something dramatic happens between now and the end of the window, we won’t be doing anything.
“I’m happy with the squad we have got. It is a big squad. We brought in seven new players in the summer and I trust the group of players to take us where we need to be.
“Franco [Baldini] goes to a lot of games and he is always keeping his eyes open for something spectacular we should be taking, but we are not looking for anything at the moment.”