It’s all about strikers today as Tottenham Hotspur step up their attempts to bolster their meagre attacking resources, and perhaps the most interesting story today is that Spurs are lining up a cash plus Jermain Defoe deal for Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
Villa are desperate to keep hold of the 22-year-old Belgian, but Benteke himself has indicated he would be open to a move this summer if a deal could be struck, with Arsenal and Atletico Madrid also chasing the forward.
Benteke is apparently rated at upwards of £20million after his excellent debut season in the Premier League, and Spurs might hope to knock a fair chunk off that price by adding the 30-year-old Defoe, who they value at £7million, into the deal. However part-exchange deals are also close to impossible to complete, and this would be one of the biggest surprise of the summer if it happened.
Moving to Spain, Spurs are reportedly considering a club record bid of around £20million for Valencia forward Robert Soldado. The striker has scored 60 times in three seasons at Valencia, and might be available as they look to address their poor financial situation.
Soldado might be paired with long-term target David Villa next season, although with both heading to the Confederations Cup in Brazil this month, any deal with likely have to wait until July.
Also at the Confederations Cup is perennial target Leandro Damiao, whose agent has mimicked the player’s recent quotes by saying although he would prefer a Champions League club to buy his charge, he would not rule out Tottenham Hotspur. Make of that what you will.
An altogether more surprising reported target is former Birmingham striker Christian Benitez, who has been the top scorer in the Mexican league for the past three seasons with his side Club America, even out performing another Spurs target, Jackson Martinez, last year.
However his record in the Premier League is not so good, scoring three times in 30 appearances for Birmingham, and although, at 27, he is now a more experienced player, even the proposed price of £9million looks steep.
Benitez could help Spurs is another way though, as he is also a target for Aston Villa, who might be happier to sell Christian Benteke if they brought the Ecuadorian forward back to Birmingham.
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