Tottenham Hotspur are thought to be monitoring Burnley striker Ashley Barnes ahead of a possible move in January, according to The Boy Hotspur.
The Spurs fan blog has revealed a source close to the club has told them Mauricio Pochettino has been keeping tabs on the Clarets forward as a possible replacement for Fernando Llorente.
It is suggested Daniel Levy could look to make a move for the 29-year-old in the next transfer window as he appeared to have too much to deal with this summer.
It was, perhaps, a tad surprising that Tottenham did not add a striker to their ranks in the summer transfer window following Llorente’s departure, as they have just Harry Kane available to them that is a natural striker (Transfermarkt).
However, it appears Spurs will look to address that issue this winter and Barnes could turn out to be a solid addition for Pochettino’s side if they were able to convince Burnley to sell him. He’s produced three goals in two Premier League games in the current campaign.
The forward has become somewhat a nuisance to defenders in the Premier League, as he has managed to find the back of the net 35 times in his 138 top-flight appearances to date – including three in the Turf Moor outfit’s two matches so far (Transfermarkt).
Valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, Barnes’ style of play could suit a club like Tottenham.
Although his hold-up play is something that is considered a weakness, as per WhoScored, the former Austria Under-20 international is often fouled, which is something Spurs could benefit from because of their strength from attacking set-pieces.
Barnes’ name being linked with a move to Tottenham, on paper, might sound a little surprising, however it would seem he could be the man to help replace the gap in the squad Llorente’s departure left.
The 29-year-old has proven over the last couple of seasons that he can find the back of the net on a regular basis for Burnley (he scored 12 in last year’s campaign) and could be a useful backup option for Kane.
However, whether a move for the forward happens in January remains to be seen, as the Turf Moor outfit are unlikely going to want to allow him to leave without putting up a fight.
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