Tottenham Hotspur's capture of Romanian free agent Ciprian Marica, 27, formerly of Schalke 04, is reportedly hingent on manager Andre Villas-Boas' ability to offload unwanted striking pair Emmanuel Adebayor and Harry Kane.
Spurs have already enjoyed one of their most successful transfer windows to date having collected £86m from Real Madrid for triple-crowning player-of-the-year Gareth Bale, whilst adding a number of elite-level footballers to their roster including the already effective Roberto Soldado, the highly-heralded Argentine Erik Lamela, Brazilian midfielder Paulinho and former Ajax maestro Christian Eriksen.
It is because of this influx of players why Villas-Boas has allegedly been ordered to move on players such as Adebayor and Kane before he can do any more transfer business, even if that involves bringing in Arsenal target Marica on a free.
If neither can be moved on, The People claim that Villas-Boas would be forced to reintroduce the £100,000 per week Adebayor into the first-team set-up.
It puts Villas-Boas under an element of pressure as the same paper claim that Marica is ready to shun the advances of Arsenal and West Ham United in order to sign for Spurs.
Marica is rumoured to be willing to listen to offers in the region of £60,000 per week providing the contract has a duration of three years.
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