Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood ready to offload players

Change in the dugout has led to a number of players being sidelined

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 January, 2014, 10:08pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 18 January, 2014, 10:08pm


Tottenham Hotspur manager Tim Sherwood said he had no qualms about selling players during the transfer window as he targets a top-four finish in the Premier League.

The north London club are two points adrift of the Champions League places ahead of their trip to struggling Swansea today.

An improved run of four wins and a draw in the past five Premier League matches has raised hopes Sherwood has got Spurs' season back on track after he was promoted from within after manager Andre Villas-Boas was sacked last month.

We've got fantastic players here at the club and if we were to lose no one I wouldn't be shedding any tears
Tim Sherwood

The change in the dugout has led to a change in personnel on the pitch and a number of sidelined players including Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli and Lewis Holtby have been linked with moves away from the club.

And Sherwood accepted there could be departures before the end of the January transfer window.

"As long as they're the players I don't want to take us forward, then I'm happy [to sell them]," he said. "We've had discussions, but it's sometimes a case of supply and demand. We've got fantastic players here at the club and if we were to lose no one I wouldn't be shedding any tears.

"But you can only go with a certain amount of players and the pressure's on because it's a World Cup year for a lot of these players. It's important they're playing."

Swansea's plight - they were just three points above the relegation zone before this weekend's fixtures - has given growing cause for concern.

"It is so tight from our point of view and it depends on what we do in the next seven league games," manager Michael Laudrup said.

"In the next month-and-a-half, from the game on Sunday until the Crystal Palace game in March, we have four games at home and lots of games against opponents who are also in the bottom half of the table."

Laudrup's efforts to strengthen his squad have been hampered by confusion over whether the club could recall Ki Sung-yeung from the South Korean midfielder's loan spell at relegation-threatened Sunderland.

"I looked into the possibility of bringing Ki back, but the loan agreement said it should have been done by the end of December, so it's not a possibility."