Tottenham Hotspur may part ways with three members of their squad this January.
With Jermain Defoe set to leave White Hart Lane at the end of February after completing his move to MLS outfit Toronto FC, Etienne Capoue, Kyle Naughton and Lewis Holtby could also be heading towards the exit door in the coming weeks.
Summer signing Capoue has struggled for a starting berth alongside Mousa Dembele, Sandro and Paulinho in midfield and has been handed just four starting appearances in all competitions this season. The France international was moved back to central defence amid an injury crisis at Spurs earlier this season but is yet to be given the chance to impress in his favoured position further up the pitch.
Reports suggest Napoli manager Rafa Benitez is interested in bringing the former Toulouse midfielder to Serie A to bolster his side's efforts to wrestle the Scudetto crown off Juventus. According to Sky Italia the club have submitted an opening bid of €9m for the 25-year-old and have made contact with his agent Mino Raiola to open talks.
Aston Villa are hoping that Kyle Naughton's peripheral role in north London this season will encourage him to consider a move elsewhere. The 25-year-old enjoyed a successful loan spell at Villa Park two years ago and the Mirror suggest Paul Lambert is eager be reunited with the full back with his side looking increasingly likely to be involved in another relegation scrap.
The former Sheffield United youngster has filled in at left back in the absence of Danny Rose this season but with the club's first choice option back in the starting XI, opportunities may be harder to come by in the second half of the campaign.
Further up the pitch, Lewis Holtby his indicated through his agent that he is unsatisfied with the lack of game time he has been handed this season. The 23-year-old, who only joined the club from Schalke last January, has started just six Premier League games and is keen to secure a move where he is guaranteed a more important role, with his former employers at the Vetlins Arena interested.
"Lewis is desperate to play, which is why we are looking intensively for solutions," Holtby's agent Marcus Noack told Bild. "Schalke is an interesting option."
Having spent in the excess of £100m during the summer, Spurs are unlikely make wholesale changes to their squad this month. However, Defoe's imminent departure could see the look club add another striker to their ranks. From 28 February the club's only striking options will be Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor and given Sherwood's penchant for playing two up front, the head coach may feel another body is needed.