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Andrè Villas-Boas Going All Out To Snatch £14M Striker?

Andrè Villas-Boas wants to sign Roma striker Marco Borriello as he looks to add to Spurs’ depleted front line. The 30-year-old is reportedly on AVB’s radar after Atletico Madrid boss Diego Simeone made it clear that Adrian Lopez would not be leaving the club.

Currently Jermaine Defoe is the only recognised striker at the club and with talks with Emmanuel Adebayor rumoured to have stalled over wages, the new boss is keen to increase his options.

For Spurs fans Boriello may not be the marquee forward they were hoping to sign this summer. Something of a journeyman, the Italian international has played for nine Serie A clubs, which hardly inspires confidence.

Yet despite that, he scored regularly in his spells at Genoa, Milan and Roma, where he scored 17 goals in the 2010-11 season. Last season he was found surplus to requirements and spent the latter half of the season on loan at Juventus.

A physically imposing centre forward, Borriello is more than capable of leading the line in AVB’s favoured 4-3-3, but with a well documented lack of pace you wonder whether he would be effective in the high tempo Premier League.

It is important to put this transfer into context. The Milan youth product would not be brought in as Spurs first choice striker. Contract negotiations pending, Adebayor will occupy that role and Borriello would likely be used as a third choice forward.

At 30 and transfer listed by Roma, he would not break the bank. A proven goalscorer at two of Italy’s biggest clubs, he would add a different dimension to the Spurs attack and could prove to be an effective signing if the price was right.

But Borriello is not the man to propel the White Hart Lane club to the Champions League. It is vital that Daniel Levy can reach an agreement with Adebayor and even he would need to dip into his pockets to bring in another striker.

The inevitable sale of Luka Modric will more than likely fund the signing of another forward. The midfielder is expected to fetch £30 million, proving AVB with the funds to bring in a quality goal scorer.

Long courted by Tottenham, the £25 million asking price has so far proved to be a stumbling block in the clubs pursuit of Internacional’s Leandro Damiao and AVB may now turn his attention to a more proven European forward.

Athletic Bilbao looked to have staved off interest in prized asset Fernando Llorente but the forward will be back on Spurs radar after it was reported that contract negotiations have broken down with the Basque club.

The  27-year-olds contract runs out in June 2013 and should he fail to agree a new deal then he may be available for a cut of the £29 million his release clause would demand.

Llorente inspired Bilbao reached the Europa League final last year and the 17 goal forward gained widespread recognition as he announced himself as a marksman of the highest quality.

A strong, technically gifted goal scorer Llorente would represent a real coup for Spurs and should he fail to renew his deal at Bilbao, has the ability to help AVB fulfil the club’s Premier League aspirations.

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