Here are five options for Tottenham Hotspur to consider...
Premier League clubs on the lookout for this season’s Christian Benteke might have come across 21-year-old Uche Nwofor, who currently plays for Dutch side VVV-Venlo. The Nigerian is far from being the finished article, but has plenty of power and pace, and could be a fine third option for Spurs.
Whatever the rumours mill suggests, Spurs are in a very strong negotiating position with Real Madrid over Gareth Bale, and should push the Spanish club to include Alvaro Morata as part of any deal for the Welsh forward. Morata might not be keen on a move, and Real Madrid certainly do not want to lose one of their best young players, but Spurs should make it clear that he is a deal-breaker in a Bale transfer.
Like Morata, Roridgo impressed with the Spanish Under-21 side that won the European Championship this summer, and he has been linked with several top clubs after a fine season with Benfica. Although he would be more expensive than the other options on this list, Rodrigo would be ready to make an impact straight away for Spurs, and can play on the flanks as well as covering for Soldado in the centre.
The Scotland international was prolific in his debut season with Blackburn Rovers in the Championship last year, netting 27 times in the league, and looks ready to make the step up to a Premier League side. Like Rodrigo, Rhodes will not be cheap after Blackburn paid £8million for him last summer, but he would be ready to make an instant impact at Spurs, and having another natural finisher in their squad might be worth the outlay.
Andre Villas-Boas rubbished suggestions that Spurs were interested in the 19-year-old back in May, but might want to reconsider Rebic as a useful option for his squad. The RNK Split striker would likely be available for around €5million, and can play either through the centre or on the left-flank of an attack. Likely to become a Croatian international this season, Spurs could target Rebic now before his price begins to rise.
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