January will soon be with us and while the striking situation at White Hart Lane doesn’t seem quite so desperate as it did last season, it still seems likely that Spurs will be entering into the market at some stage for reinforcements.
Despite Pav’s wonder strike against his compatriots from Rubin Kazan last week, he has had a lacklustre start to the season and could well move on this winter. Additionally, while Emmanuel Adebayor had an instant impact at the Lane, he is only supposed to be here for one season.
So a striker may be high on Harry’s post Christmas shopping list, but who should it be? Countless names have been touted but the following players get more than just a mention in passing.
Still a favourite option for many fans, Spurs are reported to have made a bid for the Brazilian at the start of the summer. It’s thought that while his current employers, Internacional will be ready to sell in January, the fee involved is likely to have doubled since then in light of the player’s performances this season.
After scoring his first international goal for Brazil against Ghana at Fulham in September, Damiao struggled a little with injury but he has still found the net 39 times in 47 games for Internacional in all competitions during this campaign.
The CSKA Moscow striker has only really been mentioned as a possible target for Premiership sides following his Champions League displays this season, but he has been a prolific striker for several seasons since he joined Young Boys back in 2008.
His scoring ratio, albeit in the Swiss and Russian leagues averages out at way over a goal every other game and his double strike in the CL last week has brought him into the public eye once again.
Doumbia has expressed a desire to play in the Premiership so could Spurs be the team to give him that opportunity?
Like Doumbia, Sow has emerged as a potential target thanks to his displays in this season’s Champions League. His record with Lille is comparable with Doumbia’s at CSKA, but he has only really emerged as a prolific centre forward in the last 12 months.
At 25, he still has a long career ahead of him, but could his reputation as a late developer put managers off this winter?
Another player who has evolved to net at more than a goal every other game is Valencia’s Soldado. However, his performances this year have supposedly alerted Spurs as well as Bayern Munich and if it came down to a choice, the financial clout of the Bundesliga giants would probably win the race.
Mention of Soldado’s name on here recently drew an apathetic response, so maybe he isn’t our man in any event?
Sorry, but you can’t keep this guy away from the rumour mills at the moment and you sometimes wish Spurs would sign him or say they have absolutely no interest in the Dutchman. Only then would we end this link which seems to have gone on for several years now.
Huntelaar endured a disappointing first season at Schalke, but seems to have rediscovered his form this campaign, particularly under new coach Huub Stevens. He’s starting to find the net with regularity once again and that will continue to spark these transfer rumours.
There may be other names besides that we’ve missed but above all, who is/are our main striking target(s) this winter?