Tottenham eye swoop to land Bakambu from Beijing Guoan

Tottenham are eyeing a move for Beijing Guoan striker Cedric Bakambu in January, according to L’Est Republican.

What’s the word?

Mauricio Pochettino has a tough task ahead of him as he battles for Tottenham to retain their top-four spot in the Premier League, while significant improvements are needed on the European stage after two defeats to Inter Milan and Barcelona in the Champions League.

One major cause for concern has been the lack of depth in attack beyond Harry Kane and the Lilywhites now look set to ease the burden on the England captain, as L’Est Republican state Beijing Guoan striker Cedric Bakambu is on their radar.

The DR Congo international moved to the Far East from Villarreal earlier this year and has been in superb form, netting 19 goals in just 23 appearances.

A good signing?

Bakambu’s record in front of goal for his current Chinese side will certainly catch the eye of Tottenham fans and his return for Villarreal was also decent, finding the net 32 times in 75 La Liga appearances for the Yellow Submarines.

However, securing a deal for Bakambu will be difficult as The BBC stated in March that the fee paid for the 27-year-old’s services was a whopping £65m, a transfer record for an African player, and Spurs would surely have to at least equal that price.

That sort of figure seems extremely unlikely to be offered by Spurs for a player who would only be an understudy to Harry Kane and, therefore, it is unimaginable that this deal will take place when the window reopens.