Tottenham transfers: Four strikers Villas-Boas could sign in January
Tottenham transfers: Liam Garrahan takes a look at four strikers that Spurs could sign in January transfer window
Tottenham Hotspur could do much worse than putting a big offer in for Atletico Madrid’s Brazilian-born forward Diego Costa. He scored a stunning overhead kick at the weekend to net his 14th goal of the season, but he hasn’t been quite so prolific before this – his current total is almost half the amount of goals he has scored for Atletico. Crucially, though, Costa is only 25 which means he is still a few seasons away from reaching his peak as a striker. He has two caps for his country of birth Brazil, but the Atletico man has turned his back on A Selecao after being granted Spanish nationality. It’s unlikely that Diego Simeone would be willing to sell the league’s second-highest scorer, or whether Spurs have the pulling power to lure him away from sunny Spain, but what they can offer is a strike partnership with Roberto Soldado, which could prove to be fruitful. With Jermain Defoe at the tail end of his career, Spurs certainly need more back up if they’re looking to finish in the top six.
Demba Ba is an odd one – he made his Premier League debut for West Ham and went on to score seven goals in 12 appearances before swapping London for Newcastle where he netted 29 strikes in 54 matches. He then became the first Senegalese player to sign for Chelsea when he moved back to the English capital in the January transfer window. The move has not proven fruitful, Ba has seen himself slip out-of-favour for the Blues, having only scored seven times, so a move to Tottenham could spark his career back into life. Having been heavily linked with a loan move to their north London rivals Arsenal over the summer, it’s clear that the top clubs still feel that Ba has the quality to succeed. Spurs find themselves in ninth place in the Premier League. Having splashed the cash in the summer, breaking their record-transfer fee twice in the process, chairman Daniel Levy will not want to spend too much trying to fix the problem – so the fact that Ba could be available for loan would be an attractive option. It’s well-known that Chelsea refused to loan him to Arsenal as they are seen as title rivals so whether or not they allow him to join Spurs will depend on how well they are playing come the winter window.
The 25-year-old Germany international has already played on English soil this season after appearing for his national side in their 1-0 win over England. The Borussia Mönchengladbach striker has seven goals since joining from SC Freiburg in the summer transfer window, but if his performances continue then he may well be picked up by a bigger club sooner rather than later. Why can’t that club be Spurs? They can offer Kruse European football and if he impresses, it would be hard for Joachim Löw to overlook the forward for his World Cup squad. He’s played his entire career in Germany so a move to England would present a new challenge. With his arrival at Mönchengladbach being a recent one, it’s unlikely that the club will sell for anything less than a premium price. Kruse would obviously be a risk, despite flying high in the Bundesliga scoring charts, there’s no guarantee that he can pick up the same form in the Premier League with its higher intensity.
Rumoured to be a target for both Liverpool and Manchester United, Spurs would face competition for Torino hitman Alessio Cerci if they were to put in an offer for him. That offer would of course be inflated, this is January we’re talking about, but how much would Tottenham be prepared to fork out to get their man? Italians have a mixed record of coming to England and succeeding – and Spurs officials will know this. Giuseppe Rossi scored one goal in two seasons as a young striker in England followed by nine in 17 games in Italy whereas Mario Balotelli, despite being controversial, knew exactly where the goal was when he played for Manchester City. Daniel Osvaldo, Serie A’s third highest goal-scorer last season, is currently struggling to find his feet in the high-flying Southampton side, so success is not guaranteed. Tottenham are not in a position to take risks but with Soldado, a ‘sure thing’ in the eyes of many fans, finding it hard to fit in, a risk might just pay off.