Quiet deadline day for Tottenham

Tottenham fans hoping for a dramatic 11th hour deal were left sorely disappointed as a strangely quiet deadline day passed without major incident at White Hart Lane.

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During his 13 years as Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy has become a master at pulling off a last-minute coup on the final day of the transfer window.

Jermain Defoe, Robbie Keane and Rafael van der Vaart are just three of a large group who have arrived in the final hours of previous deadline days.

But there was no such drama this time around as Spurs failed to sign anyone at all.

There are several reasons for this - the main one being that Tottenham's squad is already well-stocked thanks to their £107million spending splurge last summer.

Levy was willing to spend again, but manager Tim Sherwood insisted there was no need.

"Daniel's asked if I want to strengthen in this area or need any help, but I'm confident with the players we've got," the Tottenham boss said.

"I don't need anyone else, thank you very much.

"They (Levy and technical director Franco Baldini) can bring them in (but) they won't play. We're in this together. Unless we're all in agreement they don't bring them in, because there's no point because they won't play.

"It's not always the (right) way, just to buy players. We need to put things together, like a jigsaw here, and I've got real trust in the players that we've got."

A possible return for Dimitar Berbatov excited Tottenham supporters who remember his previous spell at Spurs fondly.

But Sherwood insists he was never likely to sign the 33-year-old, even though he will be down to two senior strikers when Defoe leaves at the end of February.

When asked if there was a possibility of signing Berbatov, Sherwood said: "No. I like him and think he's a very good player, but we've got strikers here who can do a very good job."

Sherwood said there was "no mileage" in reports that Spurs tabled a rival bid for Liverpool target Yehven Konoplyanka.

The only activity at Tottenham's training ground in Enfield concerned outgoings.

Lewis Holtby joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season.

Holtby was considering a permanent move, but the Germany midfielder was priced out of a transfer by Spurs, who were thought to be asking £8-10million for the 23-year-old.

"A return to the Bundesliga has been shattered due to circumstances we couldn't control," Holtby's agent Marcus Noack said.

Holtby posted an emotional video on Facebook shortly after the loan was confirmed.

The former Schalke man, a popular figure within the squad and among the club's fanbase, said: "This is a new chapter and a new experience for me.

"I am very thankful and happy that it has happened. I want to thank the Spurs fans for taking me to your heart. Whenever you chanted my name I got goose bumps. I will see you in the future."

Sherwood believes Holtby still has a future at White Hart Lane.

He said: "I can't see him not playing regularly at Fulham and we look forward to welcoming him back in the summer."

Etienne Capoue agitated for a move away from Spurs by giving a controversial interview with L'Equipe in which he admitted his frustration at a lack of first-team football and branded English teams "arrogant".

"It's hard. I went from undisputed holding midfielder to someone applying to play," the Frenchman said.

"If I do not play, it will be difficult (to be at the World Cup). If something presents itself, we will discuss."

Capoue is unhappy that he has had to play part of this season at centre-back.

"I'm not surprised (about having to play there)," he said. "This is the English mind. They do not know much about foreign players."

Sherwood confirmed that long-term absentees Paulinho, Jan Vertonghen and Younes Kaboul are fit to play against Hull on Saturday.

Erik Lamela (thigh), Andros Townsend (hamstring) and Sandro (calf) remain sidelined, however.



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