Tottenham's interest in a possible loan deal for Dimitar Berbatov is all but over after it was reported that the striker is having a medical with Monaco:
Eurosport and the Mail Online had been first to the news surrounding Berbatov's move to Ligue 1:
With Jermain Defoe leaving for Toronto at the end of February, the 33-year-old Bulgarian forward had been touted as the perfect short-term signing for Tottenham.
However, Massimo Marioni reported in Metro that Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood is happy with his options up front:
I’m happy with the squad we’ve got, it’s a big squad. We brought in seven new players in the summer and I do trust this group of players to get us to where we need to be.
The Telegraph's Matt Law claims Spurs chairman Daniel Levy was behind the move for Berbatov prior to Monaco's interest:
With only Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado as senior strikers, Berbatov would have offered a reliable back-up option, and is already a firm fan favourite after his previous spell at White Hart Lane.
Lewis Holtby has moved in the opposite direction, confirmed by the club's official Twitter, so it appeared Berbatov might switch clubs as part of the deal:
Loan news: Lewis Holtby has joined Fulham on loan until the end of the season pic.twitter.com/7Q02C1qwbN— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) January 31, 2014
A former academy coach at Tottenham, Sherwood may be keen to promote young striker Harry Kane, in much the same way he has given Nabil Bentaleb and Zeki Fryers a chance since taking over as first-team coach.
However, with Berbatov's contract at Fulham set to expire in a matter of months, the player would provide a cut-price alternative.
His style of play offers something different to Adebayor and Soldado, and with the gruelling Europa League schedule to contend with as well as the push for a top-four finish in the Premier League, it seemed like a chance worth taking for Tottenham, but Monaco appear set to land the veteran.