How will Spurs fare this season?

After Tottenham’s amount of spending in past transfer windows, it comes a surprise that Spurs haven’t bought anyone of real substance yet.

Yes, they have signed Brad Friedel from Aston Villa to give Heurelho Gomes and Carlo Cudicini some much-needed competition but manager Harry Redknapp hasn’t exactly splashed the cash like he has done in the past.

Big money was spent bringing in Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane and Rafael van der Vaart to White Hart Lane was splashed in previous windows but this summer he has been quiet so far.

Rumours that Lassana Diarra from Spanish side Real Madrid could return to the Premier League may become apparent in the coming days, with Spurs set to bid for the midfielder.

However, much of the speculation around Tottenham in the close season has been the departure of key players. The on-going transfer saga with Luka Modric has maybe stalled Redknapp’s plans to attract new players knowing he may have to replace the Croatian midfielder if he leaves to join London rivals Chelsea.

Other players linked with a move away, something those regularly placing a free bet should take a note of, are striker Peter Crouch and midfielder Wilson Palacios. Both have been subject to a bid from Stoke, while Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlychenko could depart.

As Redknapp has stated in the past, Tottenham need to add new quality signings to the players they have already got if they are regain Champions League football and finally prepare for an assault on the Premier League title.

Gareth Bale’s interest has been minimal this summer and Rafael van der Vaart has signalled his intention to stay at the club which will be a real bonus for the Tottenham faithful.

Those placing free bets on the new season note how Spurs are likely to be boosted by the presence of England right-back Kyle Walker, who has done nothing but impress since going on loan to Aston Villa, QPR and Leicester in recent seasons.

Spurs have been linked to a host of signings with Villarreal striker Guiseppe Rossi, former Roma forward Marco Vucinic, England and West Ham midfielder Scott Parker and Blackburn defender Christopher Samba mentioned.

Spurs still have got a talented squad and plenty of top-class players to upset a lot of teams this season but, until they add to their squad with big money signings, they will get left behind by their closest rivals, big-spending Manchester City and Liverpool, who have been lively in the market since Kenny Dalglish took over the reigns at Anfield.