Tottenham Hotspur Transfer Rumour: Spurs Consider Bids for Berbatov and Evans
Caughtoffside.com writes about Tottenham's interest in Manchester United duo Dimitar Berbatov and Johnnie Evans.
Spurs have been linked with dozens of players this summer, with targets as varied as a Nigerian teenage T.V. sensation, an English-Mexican forward and some of the world's most sought after forwards but have yet to add to their early signing of veteran American goalkeeper Brad Friedel from Aston Villa.
Despite a quarter-final appearance in the Champions League and a fifth-placed finish in the Premier League last season, some fans have voiced their concern of the North London club's inability to attract a star striker to White Hart Lane to convert the chances created by dynamic midfield trio Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart.
This is understandable given that Spurs season ticket owners generally pay more £1,000 per year for their seats and expect a better return than 30 goals and 36 points from 19 home matches.
It was the team's inability to break down teams in or near the relegation zone which hampered their bid to finish in the top four positions as they lost to each of the three teams which dropped down to the Championship. In all, their four forwards scored a paltry 17 goals between them: only four more than top scorer Rafael Van der Vaart.
And with moves for Gervinho, Giuseppe Rossi and Sergio Aguero having seemingly fallen through, manager Harry Redknapp is looking to Old Trafford for answers.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has seen Edwin Van der Saar and Paul Scholes retire and has sanctioned the departure of defenders John O'Shea and Wes Brown to Sunderland as he embarks on the biggest ever overhaul of his playing staff in more than 20 years. He may now consider a proposed bid of £20 million from Spurs for defender Jonny Evans and forward Dimitar Berbatov.
Berbatov scored 20 goals last season, including a stunning hat-trick against Liverpool but was overshadowed by Javier Hernandez's fine first season in English football and left out of the UEFA Champions League final against Barcelona. Evans has been usurped by Chris Smalling, who has just signed a new contract at Old Trafford.
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