Tottenham transfers: Three forwards Spurs could sign this summer
Jonathan Hogan examines three strikers Spurs could sign in the summer transfer
With 14 goals in the Premier League last term, the West Bromwich Albion frontman has appeared on the radar of some of the league’s highest profile clubs. Even more significantly, the England Under-21 international last season publicly spoke of a desire to “move on to bigger things”. Spurs could hope to present Berahino with that opportunity as they chase qualification to the Champions League – and are now odds-on to strike a deal. This, despite the comments of Alan Irvine, whom Berahino played under at the start of the last campaign, that he is probably not ready to play a leading role at a club like Tottenham. Crucially, at Spurs and under Mauricio Pochettino, Berahino may not necessarily need to be the leading man with that mantle reserved for Harry Kane. At the same time, he could certainly take some of the weight of his shoulders by contributing to the scoring tally where Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor failed last term. Another campaign of around the 14-goal mark would do exactly that and add a welcome boost to Spurs’s challenge on the top-four.
Having spent last season on loan at Real Madrid who then opted to pass on their option to sign the Mexican to a permanent deal, the future of Javier Hernandez is up in the air. There have been suggestions that a move to the MLS could be on the cards while a stay back at Manchester United hasn’t been ruled out, though, it would again be most likely as a bit-part player. At 27 and with a proven goal-scoring record, Hernandez still has a lot to offer before heading stateside. If he were to be made surplus to requirements at Old Trafford – the Red Devils themselves reportedly keen on signing another striker – he could move to White Hart Lane with a point to prove. Add to that the fact his pace would combine well with Kane’s all-round linking and hold-up play in a two-pronged attack and Tottenham begin to look like an even more dangerous side going forward.
After 23 goals in 65 Serie A appearances following a 2013 move from Atheltic Bilbao reports suggest Llorente is almost certainly on his way out of Turin following the captures of Paolo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic. With reported interest from Manchester United, Arsenal and a host of other clubs though the future is not exactly bleak for the 30 year-old Spaniard. What he could offer Spurs is a real physical presence at the business end, and a constant goal scoring threat with his fantastic heading attributes. He can also play as a lone frontman in the absence of Harry Kane or alongside in a combination that would be a tremendous handful for opposing defenders. While the Spaniard would be somewhat of a short term option, his experience could be a real benefit to the squad as it pushes for Champions League qualification, perhaps even through winning the Europa League – a competition in which Llorente scored in both legs of the round-of-16 tie against Manchester United in 2011/12 to help Bilbo reach the final.