Surely a proven finisher such as Uruguayan international Diego Forlan, or a clinical striker in the mould of Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano, would have tucked away one of the many chances Tottenham created against top four rivals Manchester City on Saturday. With Spurs failing to complete a deal for either transfer target in the close season it was left to Jermain Defoe to lead the line against big spending City. Defoe could not find a way past England colleague Joe Hart however, while Russian striker Roman Pavlyuchenko was also denied on two occasions by the 23-year-old man of the match. Spurs inability to convert their chances will have left manager Harry Redknapp furious and re-affirmed his desire to bring another forward to White Hart Lane before the end of the transfer window.
Former West Ham manager Redknapp has made no secret of his desire to bring another striker to the club over the summer. The 63-year-old remains unconvinced of his current forward line and will be looking to shuffle his pack over the coming weeks. While Spurs boast an attacking quartet envied by most of the teams in the Premier League, Redknapp is expected to complete a deal for Nice forward Loic Remy over the next few days. Highly-rated Remy is a fast and powerful finisher in the Thierry Henry mould and will command a transfer fee of around £12m. Tottenham turned to the 23-year-old, who bagged 16 goals last term, after missing out on both Forlan and Fabiano by refusing to meet Atletico Madrid’s asking price, and the Brazilian’s high wage demands.
With a striker set to arrive Redknapp will look to sell one of Peter Crouch, Robbie Keane or Pavlyuchenko. The Russian hitman is a reported target of Marseille and looks most likely to leave the club after Redknapp confirmed Keane and Crouch are likely to stay for another season.
“There is no chance that Peter will leave,” insisted Redknapp. “He’s not for sale and isn’t going anywhere.”
Redknapp also backed Keane to remain at the club next year, claiming: “[Keane] has still got a lot to offer, so he’s still in my plans. I’d love to keep him here.”
Tottenham’s attacking trio of Crouch, Pavlyuchenko and Keane, who was shipped off to Celtic on loan mid-way through the season, managed just 19 league goals between them last season, while Defoe bagged 18 on his own and will not be sold. The North Londoners were easily the lowest goal-scorers out of the top five last season with just 67 goals, while Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all managed to top the 80 goal mark. Redknapp knows a reshuffle of his forward line could pay dividends and even springboard a potential title challenge and extended run in the Champions League.
Question marks remain over Redknapp’s choice of signing in French striker Remy however. While the player has undoubted potential he is not the world-class forward Tottenham fans have been craving. Redknapp has missed out on Fabiano, Forlan, Welsh forward Craig Bellamy and AC Milan’s Klaas-Jan Huntelaar this summer and now looks set to fall back on Remy.
Redknapp will of course be disappointed not to land his top striking targets after publicly stating his desire for the club to break the bank and bring in some big name players this summer. However if Remy adapts quickly and his other experienced forwards start firing in the goals then Tottenham may well be able to better their achievements of last season.
Would you like to see Remy at WHL, or is he no better than what Tottenham have currently got?