After being linked to 101 different strikers throughout the course of the January transfer window and failing to land any of them, Harry is getting organised early for a Summer swoop for a new hit-man.
The man in question this time is French striker Kevin Gameiro who plays for Ligue 1 side Lorient and despite a lot of interest in the player from other clubs it appears Tottenham are leading the charge.
News breaking this weekend suggests that Steve Bruce has also targeted the sought after hit-man.
Gameiro joined the Strasbourg youth side in 2004 and went on too be a hot prospect at the club and demonstrated excellent ability at a young age becoming a shining light at all youth levels until he broke into the first team in 2005, he also went on to play for the club in European competition.
After bouncing between Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 Gameiro eventually left Strasbourg and after strong rumours linking the player with Marseille he signed for Lorient in a deal worth £2.9million. In his three seasons with Lorient he has scored 19 goals in 49 games, and has been capped by his country on two occasions, and it would have been more had it not been for a couple of injuries.
Gameiro is primarily a striker, but he is also capable of playing in the hole or on either wing. He has a keen eye for goal and is pretty useful with the ball at his feet, his decent finishing ability make him a pretty good poacher. At 5’5 Gameiro isn’t a particularly tall striker but he is nippy so his mobility again should help him prosper at a higher level.
Tottenham may be leading the race to sign the player, but they will face competition from numerous clubs and this could make any potential deal more complicated. The striker was strongly tipped to join West Ham last Summer and Valencia were close to his signature in January, and now as well as Spurs, Marseille are thought to once again be interested in the striker, as well as Villarreal in Spain, Sunderland, Juventus and Arsenal.
The hot competition for the player may lead to a bidding war, and with there rumours going around that Lorient are struggling financially it could be in there interest to encourage this situation to ensure as much money as possible for the mobile young striker. It is believe that Tottenham are ready to open the bidding at £9million, but should other sides continue their interest in the player this figure could rise easily towards £13million which is thought to be closer to the amount his club value him at.
For a player with so much interest in him, I am surprised that his scoring record is not better, the argument would be that the service he has had may have been lacking through playing for a weaker side and that if he was in a better team he would score more goals. There is also the point that he hasn’t played as a striker for the entirety of his career something which again may have limited his goal scoring ability.
The player has many qualities needed to succeed in the Premier League and if he could form a relationship with van der Vaart then it could be a great signing for Harry Redknapp. If a deal was done to bring him to the club, it would probably mark the end of Roman Pavlyuchenko at White Hart Lane as I cannot see Spurs letting Jermaine Defoe or Peter Crouch leave as both offer something completely different to Gameiro.
It may be a difficult move for Tottenham to get through with the strength of competition but it would be a good signing in my mind and it could definitely help them in the future. I personally still believe they have the answer to their goal scoring problems in ‘Pav’, but Redknapp’s reluctance to use him means the need for a new striker remains overwhelmingly strong.
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