With striking options at a premium down at White Hart Lane, new manager Andre Villas-Boas could be set to swoop for Atletico Madrid striker Adrian.
Villas-Boas has inherited a squad devoid of striking talent, with only Jermain Defoe as a recognised striker – and he’s reportedly subject of interest from QPR and Reading.
A deal to sign Emmanuel Adebayor on a permanent basis seems to be in the pipeline, but Villas-Boas has set his sights on more striking talent, and former Deportivo La Coruna hitman Adrian could be at the top of his list.
Adrian endured a fairly average spell in Galicia with Depor, but his career really took off when Atletico decided to snap him up when his contract expired in La Coruna. He flourished whilst playing alongside the ultimate predator, Falcao, and scored 11 goals in 18 Europa League games. He became a key part of Diego Simeone’s side and the board promised he wouldn’t be sold this summer.
But Adrian’s contract reportedly has a £16m release clause, rendering Atletico’s stance over the striker redundant. They’re trying to tie up a new contract but if Spurs offer them the £16m, they could find that he’s moving to England.
In Villas-Boas’ usual 4-3-3 system, Adrian would probably play down the middle (even though he likes to sit behind a main striker), but he could also play out wide on the right if needed. He’s got suitable pace for the role and is very creative. If Defoe leaves, Adrian would be a great signing to kick start the AVB era – as long as he isn’t a one season wonder!