According to the Daily Star, Tottenham have stolen a march on Premier League rivals West Ham by holding talks with the representatives of Celta Vigo marksman Maxi Gomez.
The transfer merry-go-round over where Gomez will end up has begun again. The Uruguayan came close to joining the Hammers during the January transfer window, but no deal materialised.
Now however, the Daily Star claim the striker is eyeing up a move to a Champions League club, dashing the hopes of Manuel Pellegrini’s side. With Liverpool also understood to have cooled their interest in the 22-year-old, it appears Spurs have become the new frontrunners to secure Gomez’s signature.
With Denmark international and influential playmaker Christian Eriksen looking ever more likely to leave the club this summer, perhaps it’s time to change the role Harry Kane plays. The striker has proven himself to be one of the world’s best season after season, plundering goals left, right and centre.
But simply labelling him as a goal-scorer would be doing a disservice to the England captain. More often that not the 25-year-old drops back deeper into midfield to either hold the ball up with his back to goal, or to turn and drive forward. Make no mistake, Kane is far from a penalty-box predator. His touch, his vision and his understanding of the game in tight spaces are second to none and especially this season, there has been a key trend of Heung-min Son and Lucas Moura spreading forward beyond him, with Kane feeding them.
So when Pochettino thinks of potentially replacing Eriksen with a new big-money signing, perhaps Kane is the solution with Gomez taking his role in attack. The number 10 spot is typically home to the side’s most creative and often best player, so Kane’s reinvention in his new position might just be the type of tactical masterstroke that could lead to tangible success, and keep their Premier League rivals guessing again next season.