Tottenham Transfer Rumours: 5 Strikers Most Likely to Sign for Spurs
Tottenham needs a striker next season, and there are a few good options for the club. We're sifting through all these potential transfers to find the few forwards most likely to sign for the club.
Spurs have missed out on two potential targets already, as the BBC reports that David Villa is set to sign for Atletico Madrid, while Sid Lowe of the Guardian writes that Alvaro Negredo is close to a move to Manchester City.
There shouldn't be any cause for panic at White Hart Lane, though.
Tottenham will be aware that there are still a few strikers on the market who can help them improve. The reasons they are likely to sign all differ, though.
Some may be affordable, others ready to move on and one or two may be tempted by the prospect of linking up with compatriots or their former boss. In some cases, they fall under all these categories.
Tottenham will sign a forward before the season begins, and these five are the most likely options.
Tottenham have upped the number of Brazilians in their squad to two, and may add another in the form of Zenit St. Petersburg attacker Hulk.
The powerful forward scored only nine goals in 27 games during his first season with Zenit.
While Chelsea present formidable opposition for his signature, two things work in Tottenham's favour.
Hulk has previously worked under Andre Villas-Boas at Porto and has two compatriots in Paulinho and Sandro at the club. He may not be the most likely candidate on this list, but he's still a possibility.
Leandro Damiao is the long-term target on the list, and at this point, Spurs fans might be thinking that he won't join. Simon Johnson of the Independent writes that Tottenham have ended their interest in the player, but their inability to nab other targets means a deal may still be on.
Tottenham recently signed Damiao's Brazilian compatriot Paulinho. With the former Corinthians star and Sandro already at the club, Damiao could be tempted—with some help from the duo—to join them in North London.
A change in scenery may also benefit the forward in his bid for a spot on Brazil's World Cup squad. Until recently, Damiao was a first-choice forward. However, Fred's form at the Confederations Cup and injuries have left him having to battle his way back into the starting lineup.
Damiao would get ample playing time as the main forward for Tottenham, and his mixture of power, pace and technical ability would make him a great fit.
Roberto Soldado could continue the Spanish revolution in the Premier League, with the Daily Star reporting that Tottenham are considering a £25 million bid for the forward.
The Valencia hitman has been in great form while leading the line for Valencia over the last few seasons. He's averaged 27 goals in the last three campaigns.
Though signing Soldado would come at a hefty price, he would certainly be the kind of addition that would improve Tottenham further.
His cool finishing is an obvious bonus, and his ability to link up with teammates would increase the club's attacking potency.
Another positive for Tottenham is Valencia's history of letting star players go due to their finances. With no Champions League money to help out next season, another big sale may be in the cards for Valencia.
According to Goal.com, Tottenham—along with Newcastle—lead the chase to sign Loic Remy.
Goal.com reported earlier in the summer that Spurs would be interested by his release clause, which would see his price reduced to potentially £5 million.
The French forward is still with recently relegated QPR, but is expected to move this summer. He played the last half of the 2012-13 season with the Hoops, scoring six goals in 14 games.
Tottenham would be able to keep Remy in the Premier League, and in London, while giving him a good amount of playing time. His versatility would enable him to feature in either a 4-3-3 or 4-2-3-1.
The prospect of European play next season, and a possible berth in the Champions League in 2014-15, should entice Remy.
The Belgian forward played a major role in helping Aston Villa avoid relegation last season, scoring 19 goals in 34 Premier League games. Having already proved himself in the league, Tottenham may consider him option No. 1.
Benteke will certainly have plenty of suitors, so Tottenham will have to act fast. Even if the £25 million fee presented by the Daily Mail is accurate, Spurs should snap him up.