Tottenham Hostpur are preparing to launch bids for both Alvero Negrado and Ibrahim Affelay according to Tuttomercato Web, as the North Londoners look to bolster their squad in time for the new season.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp had been told he would not be able to spend before he had sold some of the current crop at White Hart Lane, but with a number of players being linked with a move away from Tottenham, it looks as though the funds to bring in fresh talent may become available relatively soon.
Sevilla are believed to have valued Negredo at around £18m, the 25-year-old has made a huge impact at the club since signing in 2009, scoring 31 goals in only 73 appearances.
Spurs will have to generate this kind of money through the sale of some of their regular starters, and the likes of Peter Crouch, Wilson Palacios, and Robbie Keane have all been linked with moves out of the club in recent weeks. Sevilla are also reportedly keen on a swap deal involving Geovani Dos Santos, and such a deal would ultimately reduce this initial fee that has been demanded by the Spanish side.
Barcelona will also be looking to trim their squad having completed the signing of Alexis Sanchez, and are reportedly close to agreeing a fee with Arsenal for Cesc Fabregas.
Ibrahim Affelay has failed to establish himself with the European champions, and is believed to be open to a move away from La Liga. Affelay, 25, is likely to cost at least £4m, but would provide stiff competition for both Gareth Bale and Aaron Lennon should Redknapp find this kind of fee agreeable for the Dutch international.
With the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool continuing to spend and improve their squads, Tottenham will know they must do the same in order to compete for a place in the top four this season.
Spurs cannot afford to offload ‘fringe’ or youth players in order to generate the funds for these kinds of signings, but must be willing to sell some of their top players as well. Chelsea are expected to yetreturn with an improved bid of around £35m for Luka Modric, however the Spurs board remain adamant their talisman will not be leaving North London this summer.
With all of their strikers firing blanks for much of last season, a new centre forward at the Spurs is a must for Harry Redknapp. Spurs have also been linked with City forward Adebayor, but the signings of Negrado and Affelay would almost certainly guarantee goals at Tottenham.
Negrado in particular has proven his abilities in La Liga, and were he to replicate this kind of form at the Lane, then Tottenham could well be a force to be reckoned with. Without question, some wheeling and dealing is required from the Tottenham heircahy, and it seems the board may have to resign themselves to losing one or two fan favourites in order to bring the quality players required in order to challenge for a place in the top four.