Juventus striker Mirko Vucinic may be looking to leave Turin in January, and, along with Turkish side Fenerbahce, Tottenham and Manchester United are rumoured to looking at signing him.
The 30-year-old former Roma striker has seen his first team opportunities dwindle in recent times, with the signings of Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente limiting the Montenegrin to just three games in Serie A, where he has scored once.
Whilst Fenerbahce have been linked with a swoop for Vucinic, valued at £19m by transfermarkt.co.uk, a move to the Premier League may be more appealing should the offers be attractive enough.
Tottenham are hopeful that £26m summer signing Roberto Soldado will now start to score more goals after his strike against Aston Villa last weekend, but with Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly heading for the exit and Jermain Defoe seeking first team opportunities in order to guarantee his place in England's World Cup squad next year, manager Andre Villas-Boas may be on the lookout for striking reinforcements.
Vucinic certainly represents a cheaper alternative to another rumoured Spurs target, Christian Benteke, but the seven year age gap accounts for a lot of that. With the ability to play as a classic striker, just behind a lone man or even out wide, Vucinic would offer a lot of versatility up front for Spurs, and with Champions League football the clear goal this season, it may tempt Vucinic into a move to White Hart Lane.
Meanwhile, Manchester United were credited with an interest in Vucinic over the summer, when Juventus boss Antonio Conte said he couldn't see a way to fit Llorente, Tevez and Vucinic in the same team – a clear sign that Vucinic was the odd man out, given the other two are new signings.
The problem is that whilst United do need new signings in January, their forward line seems fairly strong. Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck have all impressed in patches under David Moyes, but the future of Javier Hernandez could shape any move for Vucinic.
With Spurs linked with the Mexican hitman, Moyes may seek to replace him with an experienced, versatile player who can offer his team more than simply a “fox in the box” type striker.
One of Vucinic's quirks is that when he scores, he takes his shorts off to celebrate – the only question now is which team's fans will be hoping that the Montenegro international won't be pants upon signing, and that his goalscoring will prevent him from having a brief spell in England.
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