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Nine goals in 12 games is a grim return for a side with designs on challenging for the title, but that is where Tottenham are.
Only bottom two Sunderland and Crystal Palace have scored fewer than Tottenham, so it is fair to say Andre Villas-Boas’ men have struggled in front of goal.
The January transfer window offers hope that Spurs can bring in more firepower, and the Mirror’s John Cross has claimed Villas-Boas has set his sights on a loan move for Real Madrid’s Alvaro Morata.
Cross has gone strong in his piece, as he says Real coach Carlo Ancelotti has given the green light to any move, and the Mirror writer also says Villas-Boas has already made contact with Morata.
Morata has been a long-term target for Spurs. While haggling over the sale of Gareth Bale to Real in the summer, Spurs attempted to secure the services of Morata, as reported by the Telegraph’s Pete Jenson.
Real rebuffed Spurs’ attempts, and Morata is rated extremely highly in Spain, both by the club and their fans.
With the club’s policy of buying the greatest talents in the game, bringing in Cristiano Ronaldo and Bale to name but two, there is a desire among fans to see a home-grown talent come through the ranks.
Morata fits that bill.
Standing at 6'3", Morata makes a powerful No. 9. He is comfortable with his back to goal and has a turn of pace that allows him to be a threat on the break.
Given those attributes, it is clear why Spurs would like to take him on loan. But could the deal happen?
Reports in Spain certainly seem to suggest so.
Here Is The City cite a report from Spanish publication La Gaceta, which states, "Alvaro Morata (in the) market next winter will leave on loan to Tottenham after reaching a verbal agreement a few days ago."
As things stand, Real are a little short in attack. Karim Benzema is the first choice, but his future is also in some doubt.
There is no way Real would allow Benzema and Morata to move on without bringing in a replacement.
Top-class strikers are a rare breed, and clubs are unwilling to part with their star names in the January window.
Los Blancos fans would certainly question the decision to let Morata move on, even on loan, if the club do not have a replacement in mind.
So even a verbal agreement, if one is in place, is far from binding.
Believability Meter: Medium
Given Tottenham’s troubles in front of goal, it is no surprise they are setting their sights on reinforcements. Morata has the attributes they are looking for, but Real will need to have a replacement in mind before sanctioning any departure.
This deal could happen, but there’s plenty of ground to cover before it does.