Tottenham Hotspur are in competition with two Premier League rivals for in the race to secure the services of West Bromwich Albion striker Salomon Rondon this summer, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Mirror claim that the 28-year-old is a target for Spurs this summer following the Baggies’ relegation to the Championship and that their new manager Darren Moore is resigned to losing the target man this summer.
They also report that Mauricio Pochettino’s interest is complicated by two of the club’s bitterest rivals, fellow London outfits Chelsea and West Ham United.
They go on to say that the striker has a £16m release clause, which is quite reasonable in the current climate, which Spurs are capable of matching.
Tottenham have tried and failed in recent seasons to recruit second strikers to wait in reserve and deputise when Harry Kane needs a rest or drops out of the side through injury.
Pochettino has found that difficult because players of the right quality do not want to come to North London because Kane is so clearly the established first choice that there is no prospect of them getting in.
That means that they need to shop in the bracket below the elite – or promote a youngster from within, but that’s a big responsibility for young shoulders – and Rondon fits the bill perfectly.
He is more mobile than Llorente and with more Premier League experience to boot, while Janssen was just unable to adjust to the style of play in this country, which will not be an issue for Rondon.