Spurs Transfer News: 5 Premier League Strikers They Should Sign in January
With goals in worryingly short supply, Tottenham Hotspur manager Andres Villas-Boas is sure to want another striker in January.
When the abundance of attacking talent was brought in over the summer, very few would have anticipated goals being the major problem.
However, with nearly a third of the season completed, Spurs have only scored more times than the current bottom three.
Because the defence has been in such good form, the striking problem hasn’t had too much attention.
With the recent 1-0 defeat at home to Newcastle and the 3-0 demolition at the hands of West Ham, though, it must surely be time to start looking closely at potential targets.
Here are five Premier League names that could be in the mix.
5. Demba Ba
After a highly publicised move to Chelsea, Ba has found life tough competing for game time.
That has not gotten any easier this season with the arrivals of Jose Mourinho and subsequently Samuel Eto'o.
The Senegal international has only started three league games this season and is yet to hit the back of the net.
With a World Cup on the horizon, the 28-year-old will surely be keen to get regular playing time.
Ba’s quality is undisputed. He averaged more than a goal every other game at Newcastle.
However, the move to Chelsea hasn’t worked and a bid of £12 million may prove too hard to turn down—especially if the Blues bring in another striker in January.
4. Edin Dzeko
After an excellent pre-season and an array of flattering remarks from new manager Manuel Pellegrini, Dzeko has found himself back on the bench.
With Sergio Aguero in stunning form and Alvaro Negredo his chosen accomplice, the Bosnian international has not started a game since September.
When Stevan Jovetic returns later this month, the towering forward will see his playing time further diminished.
With Roberto Soldado struggling in the lone forward role, a £15 million bid may be enough for the Spaniard to gain a perfect partner.
3. Loic Remy
The mention of the name may leave a bitter taste in the mouth after his solo strike was enough to take all three points last weekend. However, Remy could well be playing in white this time next season should Daniel Levy pursue the talented French international.
The 26-year-old is currently on a season-long loan with Newcastle, but serious enquiries will be made in January should Remy be sold next summer.
The downside is having to wait until next season for the striker, but patience is a virtue.
With Harry Redknapp having the final say, one would imagine Spurs have an excellent chance, particularly with the promise of future loan signings.
Tottenham won’t be the only team in the market for the striker, but a bid of £12 million should prove to be enough, especially if QPR fail to gain promotion.
2. Javier Hernandez
The rumours regarding Hernandez’s departure have been well documented.
With the obvious problems Spurs are having in front of goal, the Mexican international could be the ideal solution.
Hernandez must be the unluckiest player in the Premier League. It seems every time he gets the chance to impress, he scores.
Yet with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie ahead of him, it’s quite clear he’s third in the pecking order.
With 34 Premier League goals to his name, despite limited opportunities, a £15 million bid may be the bargain of the transfer window.
Hernandez has made his desire to leave no secret and a move to North London could be a match made in heaven.
1. Christian Benteke
Despite the Aston Villa striker signing a new four-year deal last summer, the 22-year-old will surely be sold for the right price.
If any club has the financial weight to make a successful bid, it’s Spurs.
The Belgium international has only just recovered from an ongoing hip problem, but he's already shown enough on the pitch to be considered elite.
With 16 league goals last season, he single-handedly kept Villa up when they seemed doomed for the drop at Christmas.
Paul Lambert is a good manager and spends his money wisely, while giving youth the chance to shine.
A bid in the region of £25 million would test his resolve to the limits.
With his age, power and pace, Benteke could end up being a franchise player for many years to come.