Should Wilfried Bony be the next name on Tottenham Hotspur's striker radar?

Ivory Coast International

Spurs lack of a clinical edge was evident as they drew with Manchester United at the weekend, and their hunt for a new striker might turn to the prolific Ivorian before the end of January.

Most football fans would agree that Tottenham Hotspur need another striker. Even if Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe were both available and in form, you would expect a team fighting for a Champions League place to have at least three senior strikers on their books.

However it is not certain that Spurs will be able to bring in a player of sufficient quality this January, with moves for the likes of Leandro Damiao and Alvaro Negredo looking unlikely at this stage.

With less than ten days left of the window, Spurs should be scouting other targets, and they could do a lot worse than look at Wilfried Bony. The Ivorian has scored 16 goals in 18 league appearances for Vitesse Arnhem in the Dutch Eredivisie this season, helping to put his side into contention for the European places and only six points off the top of the table.

Bony has previously been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, who have a fine relationship with Vitesse after sending plenty of young talent on loan there in recent seasons. As a strong, prolific Ivorian, the comparisons with Didier Drogba are inevitable, and Chelsea fans currently enduring Fernando Torres' form might be hankering for a return to something akin to the Drogba days at their club.

However it is Spurs who should be looking most closely at Bony this month, and they might have a chance to see him line up against Adebayor when Togo face the Ivory Coast in the group stages of the African Cup of Nations. Bony has all the attributes to do well in Spurs' squad as they seek Champions League qualification. He is young, strong and will be bursting with confidence after his fine first half of the season. Bony would also be relatively cheap, with reports suggesting a bid of around £10 million might be enough to secure his services.

Whatever is said about using Clint Dempsey in a more advanced position, Spurs need a new striker if they are going to give themselves the best possible chance of Champions League football next season. Bony ticks many of the boxes, and if a deal can be struck for the Ivorian then Spurs should certainly consider it.

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