If Tottenham are to earn a top-four finish next season, the team really needs to improve at forward and add a goal-scorer or two to take the pressure off of Gareth Bale. It seems the team intends to do just that this summer, targeting Barcelona's David Villa and Internacional's Leandro Damiao.
We start with Villa. From Sami Mokbel of the Daily Mail:
Barca are willing to sell the Spain star this summer, who has found first-team football difficult to come by this season, but want a fee of around £12 million.
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy will not match that asking price but hopes he can negotiate a lower price.
The Villa addition is a curious one, at least in my opinion, since he would likely play as either a winger or central forward behind the primary striker. In other words, he would be fulfilling the role Clint Dempsey often played for the team this year.
While Villa is obviously a step up from Dempsey, the American international was solid this season, scoring 12 goals and adding six assists in all competitions. Villa would feel like excess to a surplus, at least in my opinion.
Damiao, however, makes a ton of sense for Spurs. From Mokbel:
And talks between Spurs and Internacional over an £18 million move for Damiao have reopened.
The Brazil striker came close to joining the White Hart Lane club in January, but Levy could not agree a fee.
However, discussions between both clubs have recommenced with Spurs chiefs confident of finally landing the centre-forward.
I fully expect this to happen this season. The Brazilian international tallied 17 goals and five assists for Internacional this season and would give Spurs a solid forward to take some of the goal-scoring pressure off of Bale.