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Managerless Spurs Making Low Key Move For Turkish Striker?

Spurs have been accused of a last ditch attempt to lure striker Burak Yilmaz away from Lazio’s clutches, despite their current managerial vacancy.

The news, if true, is likely to further ruffle Andres Villas Boas’s feathers, with the Portugese manager already threatening to walk out of negotiations with the club. Unhappy at being considered amongst other candidates, AVB’s vast ego has reared its head for the first time in English football; he is unlikely to accept any deal that does not give him full control of transfers.

Question marks have been raised in the past regarding who signs Tottenham’s players, with many believing Modric and Bale were signed by chairman Daniel Levy.

And as AVB is believed by many to be Levy’s first choice for the job, he will be keen not to upset the former Chelsea boss any further; attempting to sign a striker would be a tactless move from a chairman usually praised for his astuteness.

Burak Yilmaz, 26, has attracted a lot of attention from clubs in Europe after scoring 33 goals in 30 games for Trabzonspor. The striker has finally settled down after several rollercoaster years, with successful spells at Antalyaspor and Manisaspor interspersed with difficult times at Besiktas and Fernerbahce.

With the loss of Saha and no news to report on an Adebayor deal, this is certainly an area of the team Spurs are looking to strengthen. With Levy’s notoriously strict wage policy the likes of Hulk or Lavezzi are out of range, particularly given the lack of Champions League football on offer at White Hart Lane.

His presence in English football would be a significant gamble, considering Yilmaz has never played outside his native Turkey. Signing the Turkish striker would be taking a big risk, in more ways than one.

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