Tottenham have reportedly made a club-record bid of £19m for Villarreal striker, Giuseppe Rossi. And although the La Liga side are expected to reject the initial offer, Spurs chairman, Daniel Levy, is prepared to increase the bid still further.
Having beaten Chelsea to the signing of Steven Pienaar, Levy is keen to provide manager Harry Redknapp with a player capable of putting away the plethora of chances created by Spurs’ midfield stars. Rossi has scored 17 goals in 30 appearances this season, and Levy has earmarked him as the man to guarantee Spurs a top four finish this season.
Rossi would be eligible to play for Spurs in the Champions League knockout stages, as Villarreal have only played in the Europa League this season. The striker has voiced his desire for a move to a top European side before, and although his club are reluctant to sell him, an improved offer from Spurs of £23m would be enough to secure a deal.
The news casts further doubt over the futures of several first-team strikers currently on the books at White Hart Lane; Robbie Keane has already seen a transfer fall through at the last minute, and Spurs would also sanction a transfer for either Roman Pavlyuchenko or Peter Crouch should a suitable offer come in.
Pavlyuchenko has already been linked with a move to Sunderland to replace Darren Bent, although Steve Bruce is unwilling to match Spurs’ £13m valuation.
The potential sale of two strikers means Spurs are in the market for a top goal-scorer, and have already been linked with Ajax’s Luis Suarez and Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano, although they now appear to have been priced out of a move for both.
It now looks like Rossi will be the final piece in the puzzle at White Hart Lane.
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