If any Tottenham Hotspur fan was given a time-machine that could take them back to the start of the season they would probably use it to do one thing; ensure that Andre Villas-Boas and Daniel Levy clubbed their heads together and brought in an extra striker.
After the debacle of the protracted Emmanuel Adebayor transfer in the end Spurs were left with two out-and-out recognised frontmen; Adebayor and Jermain Defoe.
Now we all knew that this would not be enough to see them through the season but while Arsenal had Olivier Giroud, Theo Walcott and Lukas Podolski all banging in the goals Spurs had to deal with the inconsistency and injury proneness of their current striking duo.
Did it cost them a Champions League spot? That’s hard to say but finding a better reason is not easy.
So this summer they have the chance to make it all right in the transfer market; but if the events of Friday show us anything it is that they need to move fast.
As while they were plebbing around in a pointless friendly with Jamaica in the Bahamas (which ended 0-0 by the way) AS Monaco were putting the final touches on a deal that saw Joao Moutinho arrive from FC Porto for £21.5 million. The man generally considered to be Spurs’ number one target was gone.
So when it comes to reinforcing their attacking line-up time is at the essence and Leandro Damiao is once again being mentioned as their number one option.
Now the news regarding the Brazilian striker is far more uplifting then that of Moutinho’s future.
Because another French club has given strong indications that they were willing to break the bank for the 23-year-old goal-machine; that team is Olympique Marseille.
Yes it seems not only is Joey Barton on their wish list but a player slightly more extravagant with the dream partnership of Damiao and Gignac having l’OM fans licking their lips.
"We know him very, very well. But there is economic issues that cannot be ignored. We follow, but for now, it is too expensive’’
Perfect for Tottenham then as that now leaves just Napoli as their main rivals for the signing of the striker; who finally seems ready to leave his homeland this summer.
But to avoid another Moutinho-like shambles they must move fast as Napoli reportedly have a new manager, you might have heard of him? Rafa Benitez. Ring a bell?
The Chelsea ‘interim’ boss will be looking to quickly win over his fans and a contingency plan for Edinson Cavani is a must.
While Marseille may have pulled out the running AVB and co must move fast to beat the former Liverpool and Chelsea man from stealing him away from right under their nose.
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