Tottenham Hotspur will be looking to sell this summer as chairman Daniel Levy admitted that the squad has become too unwieldy and that 'streamlining' was required. Despite Spurs' highly successful Champions League campaign, which has seen them all the way through to the quarter-finals despite facing both Inter and AC Milan, the large squad size has seen operating expenses rise significantly - and with the very real possibility of the club failing to qualify for next year's Champions League, a significant source of revenue will be cut away. Levy expressed his concern over the situation in a statement to the Stock Exchange:
We have hosted one of the largest squads in the Premier League during this period. It is important to create a healthy balance in any squad between competition for places and for players to play consistently. Whilst this large squad eased our progress in the Champions League, we shall continue to look to streamline our squad where appropriate.
While many are instantly tying this to Gareth Bale, whose sale could probably erase any deficit Tottenham have rung up on its own, it's more likely that never-fit bit-part players such as Jonathan Woodgate and Ledley King would be first on the chopping block. Tottenham's approach of using many injury-prone players in a squad, while mostly effective, can lead to periods of both injury crisis (the defensive situation is less than good right now) and squad redundancy, so one would have to imagine that Levy is talking about cutting dead weight rather than losing someone considered to be the cornerstone of the side.