As their rivals look elsewhere, should Tottenham move for one of Europe's best strikers?
As this season nears its climax, rumours abound over who will be playing where next season. Rumours that, should they prove to be true, could leave Tottenham as the only English club with a genuine chance of signing one of the best strikers in Europe.
In the last twelve months, Borussia Dortmund’s Robert Lewandowski has been linked with practically every big-hitter in the Premier League. But as the rumour mill picks up pace, many of those clubs appear to have turned their attention to some of the continent’s other elite forward-men.
Manchester United – the club most strongly linked with the Polish striker – now apparently want Colombian goal-machine Radamel Falcao.
Should Jose Mourinho return to Stamford Bridge, reports suggest his top target is Zenit St. Petersburg’s Brazilian forward Hulk.
Tottenham’s North London rivals Arsenal have been heavily-linked with Fiorentina’s Steven Jovetic.
And Manchester City – almost certain to spend big in the summer – appear set to offer Napoli a fee for Edinson Cavani the Italians will find hard to turn down.
Of course that is all speculation. But the one thing that is certain is Spurs are in desperate need of a striker.
It is a fact becoming something of a relic, wheeled out with every new transfer window only to be seemingly-ignored despite constant links with the likes of Leandro Damiao and more recently Moussa Sow.
In the past I have suggested City striker Edin Dzeko would be the ideal fit at White Hart Lane. But should Tottenham ultimately secure Champions League football come May, and should they wish to challenge both in England and abroad next season, Daniel Levy should be considering a move for Lewandowski.
With the promise of elite European competition and a regular starting place, the 24-year-old would surely consider Tottenham a realistic contender for his services when he almost certainly leaves Dortmund this summer.
In fact the only challengers for his signature could be Bayern Munich, a club he will be hard-pressed to turn down. But should he be seeking a new challenge in a different league, Levy should test the water.
A strike-force of Lewandowski and Damiao, in front of the ever-improving Gareth Bale, would be a thrilling prospect for Spurs fans; a prospect that will be expensive, but one that could propel Andre Villas-Boas’s club into the elite of European football.
How likely is it that Spurs could sign Lewandowski? And would he be the final piece in what is becoming a very impressive squad?
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