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Should Klaas-Jan Huntelaar be Tottenham Hotspur's main striking target?


Tottenham Hotspur's main striker this campaign has been loan signing Emmanuel Adebayor. How will the club re-invent their frontline next season?

At the moment, the priority for Spurs is getting through to the end of the season in one of the four Champions League spots.

Sure, at one point they may have had title aspirations, but at the end of August, a top four place looked beyond them, so if that is where they finish, in hindsight they won't have done badly at all.

Of course back in August, Spurs' forward line looked different to how it does now.

Right now it has a very temporary feel about it- with Adebayor on loan and Saha on a short term deal, and will require some major work over the summer.

Fans will hope to see some big investment, with Leandro Damiao and Loic Remy two top strikers who the club have been linked with.

The first question, before signings are discussed, is to look at who to keep of the current squad.

It is likely, surely, that Gio Dos Santos will finally be cut free, and Louis Saha, despite his bright start scoring past Newcastle and Arsenal, is unlikely to be signed on a longer contract as he will be 34 in August.

Jermain Defoe should stay, although if West Ham are promoted they may attempt to lure him back with first team football, which he has been without on a regular basis for a couple of seasons now.

Emmanuel Adebayor's situation is not cut and dried. Manchester City will happily let him go, but there could be surprise bidders who may try to scupper Tottenham's deal.

The Togo striker has been an asset to Spurs even if he can be infuriating at times, and although they will not want to be held to ransom, the most likely situation at this point is that he signs permanently.

Which leaves just Defoe and Adebayor in attack, but there are some Tottenham fans who would happily see both of them gone and start again.

Even if they both remain, there is potential for at least one top class signing if not two. Leandro Damiao is the Brazilian striker who was Sandro's former teammate at Internacional, and Tottenham really should have made their move for him last summer.

His asking price has since rocketed to around £30 million, and his list of suitors has grown to include PSG and Manchester United, while the Brazilian club are sticking to their guns that they do not want to sell.

25-year-old Loic Remy is a different proposition, having been scouted for Marseille several times by Tottenham's management, he is expected to cost around £18 million plus. He would be a good acquisition and has scored 17 goals this season at a rate of one every other game.

Perhaps the man Tottenham should make their number one target, is Dutch striker Klaas Jan-Huntelaar, who is enjoying his best ever season, at Schalke, scoring a phenomenal 40 goals in 38 games. The 28-year-old striker is just the sort of player Spurs need to be going for, especially if they again want to be in competition to finish ahead of rivals Arsenal, who are set to sign Lukas Podolski, or even to be in with a shout of winning the league.

Then there is the possibility of promoting a youngster such as Harry Kane, who could at the very least fulfil the bit-part role Gio Dos Santos has this season in cups and on the bench, to gain vital first team experience, while talk of bringing back Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United has also surfaced, although this seems to have split supporters who may see it as a backwards step.

What may need to happen first, before any of this is sorted out, is to establish who will be Tottenham's manager next season. If it is not Redknapp, whoever takes over will come in with their own ideas and targets. Even though Jose Mourinho looks unlikely, using him as an example, if he came in he would attempt to bring in his former players such as Gonzalo Higuain.

If Tottenham are serious about using this season as a platform, and launching a title challenge as well as a Champions League campaign, their attack will need to be completely re-invigorated.

What do you think the club need to do up front next season? Who should they sell and who should they sign?

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