Tottenham should attempt to hijack James Rodriguez’s mooted loan move to Arsenal in January as they attempt to find cover for the injured Harry Kane.
Kane has been ruled out until March, and, with the signing of James set to cost any interested party £3million, per The Guardian, Spurs should barge their way to the front of the line.
James is currently in the middle of a two-year loan at Bayern Munich from Real Madrid, but the Bavarian club are not overly interested in signing the Colombia international on a permanent basis.
The aforementioned report claims that any interested club will just need to cover the remaining £3m of the £11.5m loan fee Bayern agreed with the Spanish giants.
Arsenal have subsequently been credited with an interest in the Colombia international.
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Unai Emery recently admitted that Arsenal will struggle to sign players on a permanent basis this month, telling reporters, per The Guardian: “We cannot sign permanently.
“We can only loan players. I know the club is working on possibilities of which players can help us with big performances like we need now. I cannot say more.”
Emery, of course, appears to have fallen out with star playmaker Mesut Ozil, and the signing of James would go a long way to filling the void left by the German’s repeated absences from the team.
Spurs’ need is arguably greater, however, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side currently in the grips of an injury crisis.
Signing the Real star would be a bold January move, but it would surely appeal to chairman Daniel Levy as he seeks cheap reinforcements this month.
James burst onto the scene at the 2014 World Cup, with his goals and creativity persuading Real to part with £71m to secure his signature from AS Monaco.
At Bayern he has played a half-century of games, scoring 11 goals and providing 16 assists, while he scored 36 goals and laid on 40 more during his time at the Santiago Bernabeu.
With Kane ruled out with ligament damage and Son Heung-Min on international duty with South Korea, signing James would go a long way to curing Pochettino’s current selection headache.
James offers the ability to play pretty much anywhere – central midfield, left or right wing or even through the middle – and offers a different threat to the likes of Dele Alli and Christian Eriksen.
He would supplement an attack in desperate need of reinforcements, and the price of the deal would surely appeal to the tight-fisted Levy.
Spurs failed to sign a single player in the summer, and appear to be shopping in the bargain bucket this month.
James, though, would be the biggest bargain of all.