Although Tottenham Hotspur are fielding a 4-2-3-1 formation, they hardly have any depth when it comes to their forward line. With Roberto Soldado, Emmanuel Adebayor, and Harry Kane the only three candidates Mauricio Pochettino can pick from, it might not be enough if they are to try and compete in the Europa League as well as in the domestic league and cups.
The transfer deadline day is drawing ever closer and with less than two weeks left until it closes; Spurs will need to begin advanced negotiations to add to this position.
Here are FIVE possible striking candidates Tottenham Hotspur can still sign before they run out of time.
Name: Mattia Destro
Price: £18 million
Mattia Destro is currently the top candidate to step into White Hart Lane mainly because he is very similar to current strikers Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor. He is able to play as a lone striker and has the ability to hold up play and is also strong aerially thanks to his physical presence.
The young Italian still has so much to learn and should he be given the role of first choice striker, he will be well on his way to replicating his 19 goals in 41 appearances like he did for current side Roma. His addition can also mean Pochettino can switch to playing with two front men instead of the usual one.
Name: Loic Remy
Club: Queens Park Rangers
Price: £10 million (release clause)
Loic Remy is a player who has revealed his intentions to play in Europe, so a switch to Tottenham Hotspur is surely not out of the question. Having seen his move to Liverpool fall apart at the final stage, he could still be open to a move.
With a £10 million release clause set by QPR, Mauricio Pochettino can lure him with the chance of playing in the Europa League. His scoring abilities shouldn’t even be questioned as he shown during his loan spell at Newcastle with 14 goals in 26 appearances.
Name: Danny Welbeck
Club: Manchester United
Price: £12 – £16 million
With Danny Welbeck’s future at Manchester United becoming quite unclear ever since the arrival of Louis van Gaal, a number of clubs have been considering a move to make a key member of their squad. A big problem the England international faces is that he will always serve as back up to Robin van Persie or Wayne Rooney.
Having played a left wing role the previous season, the new 3-5-2 system deployed by Van Gaal eliminates the attacking winger and replaces it with a wing back, a position Welbeck will find very hard to master. This leaves him with the choice of either waiting for his chance on the bench, or switching to a club that can offer him regular first team opportunities.
Name: Samuel Eto’o
Price: Free Agent
Currently a free agent, Samuel Eto’o is said to be considering a host of English clubs as his next team just so he can prove Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho wrong for calling him old. He has even been linked with Liverpool with a number of sides still believing in his abilities to put the ball at the back of the net.
All Tottenham have to do is draw up a proposed offer and hope Eto’o agree upon the demands. However, it is known that he demands really high wages, a factor that has seen many potential moves break down.
Name: Javier Hernandez
Club: Manchester United
Price: £8 – £12 million
Javier Hernandez has been linked with an Old Trafford exit ever since David Moyes was in charge, but although offers have been made, advanced negotiations never seemed to take place. A host of European sides such as Atletico Madrid, Juventus, and Inter are still believed to be interest in his services.
A proven goalscorer, Hernandez has seen very little playing time at Manchester United mainly netting goals as a late substitute. If Tottenham Hotspur can give him a regular role, there is a chance he can return to his goal-scoring best.