Tottenham expect to officially announce the capture of Erik Lamela before the weekend, and he could be followed by Javier Hernandez after Alan Nixon of the Daily Mirror reported an imminent bid.
Spurs have been the biggest players in the summer transfer window and are set to break their club record for a third time with the addition of Lamela. But Nixon says the spending won’t stop at the Roma star, with Manchester United braced for an approach for Hernandez:
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is making a shock move for Manchester United's Mexican goal machine Javier Hernandez - but will have to pay £15 million.
Big-spending Spurs have approached the Premier League champions about the little striker, who seemingly cannot get close to winning a regular spot in manager David Moyes' No.1 side.
Hernandez netted 18 goals in 36 games for United last season, despite often being used from the bench. He has scored 50 times across three campaigns for the champions and is arguably the most instinctive poacher in the Premier League.
Villas-Boas is determined to provide support for first-choice striker Roberto Soldado and knows he cannot rely solely on the Spaniard across a long and arduous season that will once again involve Europa League football.
Jermain Defoe continues to be linked with a switch away from White Hart Lane, with Harry Redknapp's QPR a likely destination, as reported by Pete O'Rourke of Sky Sports. Hernandez represents a more-than-worthy replacement for the England striker.
Nixon claims Spurs plan to drive the price down on Hernandez, hoping to snare the Mexican for somewhere in the region of £8 million. However, it is likely United will want at least double figures.
The one remaining position in which the Spurs boss still plans to strengthen is the No. 10 role, where Tottenham currently have no natural playmaker to sit behind the striker.
Christian Eriksen is widely linked with an £8 million switch from Ajax, while Lazio’s Hernanes and Valencia’s Ever Banega could both fill the role in the eyes of Villas-Boas, according to Ed Malyon of the Daily Mirror:
Franco Baldini and Daniel Levy are in Amsterdam today as Tottenham will look to continue their impressive transfer business this summer by signing another top-class midfielder.
MirrorSport understands that Lazio midfielder Hernanes, Valencia's Ever Banega and Christian Eriksen have been contacted by Spurs with a view to a quick move, and Eriksen is Baldini's number one target.
One man who will not be moving to Spurs is Chelsea's Juan Mata, with Villas-Boas saying via Sky Sports: "Mata is a great player - player of the season last season, a very important player for Chelsea. But Chelsea wouldn't sell to Tottenham in any way, as they think we are title contenders."
The transfer policy of Villas-Boas, by introducing top-drawer additions in multiple positions, is to evolve in the aftermath of Bale, rather than attempt to replace the Welshman.
Even with Bale in the team last season, Spurs did not boast a creative No. 10, so the plan will be to change the style of play in order to crack the top four.
The North London outfit are currently one of only two teams, along with Liverpool, to boast a 100 percent record in the league this season, but their next fixture is an away trip Arsenal this weekend.
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