Despite failing to qualify for the most prestigious club tournament in the world, it doesn’t look too bleak for Tottenham Hotspur according to the Mirror.
The newspaper are reporting that the club’s scouts have been sent off across the world to look at a series of targets including the Marsaille forward Loic Remy and a new target of Brazillian striker Damiao who currently plays for Internacional.
But the question is, with the pursestrings at Tottenham being kept shut for most of this window on the whole, which one of these 3 targets show they try to get the most?
Playing for world class clubs including Manchester City, Real Madrid and also Arsenal, Emmanuel Adebayor would be an asset for any club he plays for. Although he has lost the ball the most number of times across every major league in Europe and also has been offside 51 times this season, he is the only player in the Premier League to have reached double figures for the number of goals he has scored, but also set-up too.
The 28 year old striker from Togo even tweeted earlier today “Loved my spell at Tottenham. We are working hard with the chairman (Daniel Levy) to make it permanent. Will keep you informed!!”.
Not only this but he has admitted that he WOULD take a pay cut in order to stay with the club. Surely in a time where players are being paid in excess of £200,000 a week at top clubs, this passion shown by Adebayor to remain at Spurs is admirable.
This consolidated by the fact that by staying at Spurs he will reject the opportunity to return to the home of the current Premier League champions, shows how Adebayor is willing to help Spurs progress to the next level and consolidate Champions League football next season.
This deal has been rumoured to be in the woodworks for months. But, should he go to Spurs? Well in 37 games this season, he has scored 18 goals and has also got 6 assists, which is a great tally for any striker. With a team like Bale, Van Der Vaart and Lennon behind him, he could easily obtain 25 goals a season.
Also, at a younger age of only 25 compared to Adebayor’s 28, Spurs would be able to effectively use their smaller window budget then they had anticipated by getting a player who has pace and a great scoring record.
However, Loic Remy does have a heart condition which almost saw a move earlier in his career collapse. But, he has been told by leading doctors that his condition will not “prevent him practicing sport at a high level.”
However, with the collapse of Fabrice Muamba still being fresh in Tottenham’s mind following the horrific events during an FA Cup 5th round game, it will take a lot of convincing before Tottenham are willing to pay the £18 million price tag which the Frenchman has.
The Internacional striker is estimated to cost around £15 million and with Harry Redknapp sending his chief scout over to South America to watch him play, it is very likely that a transfer bid will be launched by Spurs soon. At the young age of 22, the Brazilian striker is a long term investment who can really help Spurs to flourish with his impressive goal-scoring record.
Out of 111 games he has played in, the striker has scored 68 times but has also managed to get 15 assists too.
Whilst he has not got the same level of European football in comparison to the other possible targets for Spurs, at a cheaper price and a younger age, Damiao would definitely be a worth while buy.
Yet, whilst it is unknown who Spurs will sign in the Summer, Tottenham only have 2 first team strikers left: Defoe and Saha. But with Saha’s contract running out in June and Jermain Defoe admitting he would like to move away from Spurs due to a lack of first-team football, there will undoubtedly be a new striking pair at White Hart Lane when the 2012/13 season begins.
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