Three strikers Tottenham Hotspur could sign in the summer transfer window
Paul McNamara takes a look at three potential attacking targets for Tottenham Hotspur this summer
Attracting a first-rate striker to White Hart Lane could prove to be Mauricio Pochettino’s most tricky task this summer. The Argentine favours a system that features one centre forward and, assuming they resist the inevitable interest in him, Tottenham possess, in Harry Kane, one of Europe’s finest players in that particular position. Pochettino’s hand is strengthened somewhat, however, by his club’s return to Champions League action for the first time since Harry Redknapp’s team reached the last-eight of the competition in Frenchman Gameiro has starred for Sevilla in Spain for the past three years, after spending the first eight years of his career in his homeland. The striker’s hard running style, allied to his intelligence and clever movement, would fit perfectly into Pochettino’s energetic, enterprising Tottenham team. And the Premier League would hold no fears for a player who tore into Liverpool in last month’s Europa League final.
The Basel forward is following in the footsteps of Eden Hazard in being serially touted for a move to this country without anybody knowing a great deal about him. And if the Swiss were to make his mark at White Hart Lane in the fashion that Hazard stormed Stamford Bridge, following the Belgian’s 2012 move from Lille to Chelsea, then his capture would prove a tremendous piece of business. Embolo is at the other end of the age scale to Gameiro – at 19 he is ten years the Frenchman’s junior. Spurs would primarily be buying potential, then, but also a player who has won three domestic titles, and has European experience and nine international caps to boot. The striker would command a hefty fee, but with Pochettino’s knack for improving the footballers under his command and Tottenham’s relative ability to spend in the close season, Embolo could be the perfect man to join the vibrant, predominantly young group of players being assembled in this part of north London.
Similar to Embolo in that his name seems to have been linked with English clubs since time immemorial, the 25-year-old has been especially prolific for Lyon across the past two years – albeit a dry spell early in 2015-16 saw him usurped in Didier Deschamps’ plans for Euro The France boss won’t have been the only one to note Lacazette’s rampant finish to the Ligue 1 campaign, however, the forward netting 11 goals in his team’s final ten outings. On Deschamps’ standby list for the Euros, the time is right for Lacazette to leave a Lyon side whose second place league finish last term was undermined by the 31-point gulf to champions Paris Saint- With the French club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas bowing to nobody in his hard-headed approach to striking a deal, not even Spurs’ infamously tough negotiator Daniel Levy, Tottenham would need to pay a significant amount for Lacazette. Chances are, though, that they would see a considerable return on their outlay.