Tottenham linked with Juventus striker - why they don't need him

The north London side have been accredited with an interest in Mirko Vucinic, but the Montenegro international isn’t the type of player they should be targeting.

Reports in Italy are indicating that Juventus forward Mirko Vucinic could well be available for transfer come January, with Tottenham supposedly an interested party.

The Montenegro international is no longer guaranteed a starting place in the Turin giants’ starting XI, with Carlos Tevez and Fernando Llorente added to Antonio Conte’s squad over the summer.

It is believed that a fee between £15 and £19 million would be sufficient for Juve to let the eastern European attacker leave, with Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund also linked with a move for him.

There is an argument to suggest that Tottenham may well look to bolster their striking options in the new year, but whether Vucinic is the man to target is questionable.

Andre Villas-Boas is believed to be willing to allow Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor to leave the club if he can secure a replacement, with Roberto Soldado the current first-choice number nine.

However, if Spurs do sign a striker they need someone who can be lethal in front of goal, pose a threat in behind defences and be a powerful, focal point of their attack.

As talented as Vucinic is, the former Roma forward does not have these attributes in his considerable repertoire. The Montenegro international is technically able, likes the ball into feet and could even be used in a second striker role.

Vucinic is similar to someone like former Spurs attacker Dimitar Berbatov, where they are crying out for a dedicated number nine.

The eastern European star's goalscoring record over the years has been competent without being overly impressive, with Soldado's feats at Valencia much more notable.

Vucinic's best season goalscoring wise came back in 2009-10 when he netted 14 Serie A goals for Roma, but his return has generally been around the ten goals mark.

As such, the Juventus man is not the predator that Spurs need, and although supremely talented, Villas-Boas would be advised to look elsewhere.

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