Tottenham transfers: Four strikers Spurs could sign this summer
Yulea Roopai examines four strikers that Tottenham Hotspur could target this summer transfer window
The north Londoners have been linked with West Bromwich Albion’s Saido Berahino throughout last season and are set to win the race to sign him this summer. Goals have dried up of late for Berahino but the 18 he accumulated prior to early March is double his 2013-14 tally. His Premier League readiness and existing attributes make him an ideal fit for Spurs, who witnessed first-hand the nuisance he can be to opposition teams in both their meetings. Familiar with Harry Kane from the England Under-21 set-up, his speed and willingness to take on defenders would make him a suitably dangerous accomplice. West Brom will understandably not want to let one of their better players go cheap, if at all. A £25m is a possible price tag but the prospect of getting someone who could immediately form one of the division’s most devastating attacks in tandem with Kane is something Spurs will consider.
Dwight Gayle would not be so suited to an altered set of responsibilities although his skill set extends beyond finishing. He is quick and knows how to use players’ attempts to defend him against them—his eye for goal is what makes him tick as a player. If Tottenham decide they want to augment their Kane-centric strike force with a poacher, the Crystal Palace forward would be well worth considering. After scoring nine in his first top-flight season with the Eagles, Gayle has added a further seven this time around. The 24-year-old would not be a man for all occasions but he is a proven scorer at every level he has played in, and shown belief, there is a good chance he would deliver for Spurs.
Javier Hernandez’s winner in Real Madrid’s Champions League quarter-final against Atletico Madrid was a reminder of his ability to grab important goals, a sight which has decreased in regularity in a rough couple of years for the Mexican. On loan from Manchester United, playing opportunities in Spain have not been as plentiful as the man they call Chicharito would have liked. Only two of his 17 La Liga appearances have been Like Gayle, Hernandez is a more straightforward striking alternative who would add a useful wrinkle to the Spurs attack. Less varied than Kane, he is a penalty box presence who, if created for, will almost certainly score.
Barcelona’s man Pedro is very much a long shot but given there is a good chance he will become available this summer, there would be little harm in trying. Formerly a regular starter for the La Liga side, Pedro’s playing time has diminished with boss Luis Enrique opting to play Neymar and Luis Suarez with Lionel Messi in Barca’s three-pronged attack. Comfortable playing in a wide role, the Spain international’s ability to influence attacks from there, as well his general experience, would make him an enticing partner for Kane. One who could share the scoring load and connect with him, but not get in his way.