With the futures of Robbie Keane, Giovanni Dos Santos and Roman Pavlyuchenko looking quite like they may well lie away from White Hart Lane, Tottenham are in urgent need of reinforcements with pedigree if they are to avoid being overly dependent on Jermaine Defoe and Peter Crouch next season.
Spurs have options but without the billionaire backing of Chelsea and Man. City, Harry must choose wisely when spending Daniel Levy’s money if he is to avoid incurring his employer’s wrath. Two players have emerged as front runners to link up with the North Londoners so let’s examine the cases for both.
The 26-year-old AC Milan forward scored one goal in four games to help the Netherlands to the World Cup Final in South Africa.
He rose to prominence in his native Holland by scoring goals for fun for PSV and then Ajax earning him a €20m move to Real Madrid in January last year. He scored eight goals in 20 appearances in La Liga but failed to adapt to life in the Spanish capital and grew frustrated at the amount of time he was spending on the bench. Dubbed an ‘expensive flop’ by the Spanish media, Huntelaar was snapped up by AC Milan last summer but has struggled to make an impact managing just seven goals last season in Serie A.
He became his country’s first choice striker (alongside Robin Van Persie) following Ruud Van Nistlerooy’s retirement from international football two years ago but he is yet to win a major honour for club or country.
The word from the San Siro is that Huntelaar is free to leave in order to raise funds for the club’s relentless pursuit of Wolfsburg striker Edin Dzeko. Only time will tell if Tottenham can offer him the week in week out regular football that Huntelaar so badly craves but the lure of Champions League football could be enough to secure his signature over Aston Villa who are also in the race for the £12.5m rated Dutchman.
The Uruguayan forward also had a productive World Cup where his three goals helped his nation to win their group and make the last four in South Africa. He missed the Semi Final after deliberately handling the ball on the line in the last minute of extra time during his nation’s Quarter Final tie with Ghana. He was red carded but fortunately for Suarez, Ghana’s Asamoah Gyan missed the resultant spot kick and Uruguay ran out 4-2 winners in the penalty shoot out. So presumably Harry Redknapp could benefit from Suarez’s shot stopping abilities should he be called upon to deputise for Gomes.
The 23-year-old was named last season’s Dutch Footballer of the Year after ending the campaign as the Eredivisie’s top scorer with 35 league goals and 49 in all competitions for Ajax.
At £25m he would cost Spurs substantially more than Huntelaar but has the relative advantage of youth and would still be cheaper than his compatriot and Redknapp’s preferred target Diego Forlan.
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