23 goals in 25 games - The 'next Falcao' Tottenham should sign

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If Tottenham Hotspur want a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor, and Daniel Levy is prepared to shell out, Jackson Martinez is just the man.

Jackson Martinez was a name which was being linked with Liverpool as long ago as last January. He was suggested as a transfer target for several Premier League clubs, including Wigan, but a move to the Reds appeared most likely.

In April, Martinez went as far as to state while he was not in negotiations with Liverpool, he knew personally of their interest; ie. his agent had been approached by the club.

Liverpool never followed up on their interest in the 26-year-old Colombian, and at this point it doesn't look so clever.

Porto were the club who did take the gamble, paying £6 million for his services. And they have been rewarded by Martinez's simply stunning form.

This isn't a piece to reflect overly on Liverpool's poor judgement, players signed from the Mexican league are hit and miss in the Premier League; for every Javier Hernandez there is a Pablo Berrera (ask West Ham fans...) it was a gamble and the Reds decided the younger Fabio Borini was a better fit instead.

Martinez is not a 'tippy tappy' striker like Borini, he's a powerhouse with the physical frame of Didier Drogba, but skilful too. He has been thrilling the Porto crowds so much that he has rightly earned comparisons with countryman and former player Radamel Falcao.

This week the attention will be on him as he leads the line for Porto in the Champions League, a competition where he has three goals so far this season.

In all he has 23 goals in 25 games for Porto, an astounding 18 goals in 17 in the Portuguese SuperLiga. The Portuguese club are said to be willing to cash in at the right price and make a shrewd profit on their investment.

There are a litany of clubs who would do well to acquire his services, with Barcelona even rumoured to be interested. Liverpool are still rumoured to be tracking him but it's unlikely they would be able to afford him.

Chelsea? They are more likely to try and sign the 'real' Falcao, and still need to sort out their manager's position before spending the big bucks.

It's why Tottenham should steal in, and Daniel Levy should re-open the correspondence with Porto which saw him persuade them to accept an offer for Joao Moutinho back in August.

Former Porto boss AVB could also pull some strings too, but Porto are likely to want around £20 million for the striker.

Top goalscorers are hard to come by as Spurs have found out. They should ditch plans to try again for Damiao, and push Adebayor to the exit door. There is talk of Christian Benteke, who could be a bargain if Villa are relegated, if not - it could be tricky to persuade the club to part with their key man.

In Martinez, Spurs could sign one of Europe's most prolific strikers at his peak, but it will depend on Champions League qualification being secured.

If Spurs want to sign the type of players who can persuade Bale the club mean business and he should commit his future to them, Martinez is exactly the type of goalscorer they should be going after.

Check him out in action below...

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