German Bundesliga

Bayer Leverkusen land Corluka

January 31, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Bayer Leverkusen have signed Tottenham Hotspur defender Vedran Corluka on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League club have confirmed.

Vedran Corluka
GettyImagesVedran Corluka: One league start this season

Corluka was first-choice right-back at White Hart Lane last season, but has been edged out this term thanks to the excellent form of England youngster Kyle Walker.

The Croatia international has made 107 appearances for Spurs since signing from Manchester City in the summer of 2008, but has made just one Premier League start this season.

German Bundesliga-bound Corluka is the first fringe player to leave Tottenham before Tuesday night's transfer window shuts at 23.00 GMT, but others could follow.

Another seven players - including the likes of Giovani Dos Santos, Sebastien Bassong and Roman Pavlyuchenko - are known to want out of the club as they are frustrated at their lack of first-team football.

Other Spurs players who could be the subject of interest are goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes, midfield duo Steven Pienaar and Niko Kranjcar - who have been linked with London rivals QPR - and England striker Jermain Defoe.

Tottenham are famed for their love of an 11th-hour deal on deadline day and Joe Jordan refused to rule out a late move to sign Juventus winger Milos Krasic.

Krasic, 27, has been unable to hold down a first-team place at the Italian club and Spurs' first team-coach Jordan admits an evening swoop for the player is possible.

"I cannot say too much about the club's intentions,'' he told tuttojuve.com. "Krasic is one of the many names that the transfer market offers, but a successful negotiation will depend on the will of the player.

"We are happy with our squad. We could do something, though, if a player leaves in the coming hours. Anything is possible.''