Spurs £30m swoop for ex-Manchester United striker would be a statement of intent

Giuseppe Rossi

Despite the question marks surrounding Andre Villas-Boas' future at White Hart Lane, it seems Spurs are ready to do more spending.

The former Chelsea boss has been under pressure ever since his Tottenham side were on the receiving end of a 6-0 scoreline against Manchester City, as his goal-shy side struggle to find the back of the net.

Sunday's 2-2 draw against Manchester United will give Spurs fans some confidence that Villas-Boas can turn things around, but the goals came from unlikely sources as right back Kyle Walker and defensive midfielder Sandro struck to twice give Tottenham the lead, only for David Moyes' side to fight back to earn a point.

Roberto Soldado and Jermain Defoe could only muster two shots between them in the entire 90 minutes, with the former squandering a great chance from inside the box, which he blazed over the crossbar. Defoe was limited to just 19 minutes on the pitch, but it's still a cause for concern that the strikers can't hit the goal trail.

As a result, Spurs are being linked with a whopping £30m bid for former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi. The Italian international arrived at Old Trafford in 2004, but made just 14 appearances for the Red Devils before he was sold to La Liga side Villarreal for £6.6m in 2007. Rossi went on to become a prolific goalscorer in Spain, smashing 82 goals in 192 games.

However, an injury ravaged spell since the end of the 2011 season threatened to ruin Rossi's career, but a move to Fiorentina in Serie A has rejuvenated the 26 year old, who has hit 11 goals in just 13 league games this season. This run of form has seen him linked with a move to Spurs, as technical director Franco Baldini has a vast knowledge of Italian football.

With Defoe seemingly set for a move to the MLS with FC Toronto, and Emmanuel Adebayor out of favour, Villas-Boas – or whoever is managing Spurs in January – will be targeting another striker as Tottenham look to break into the top four again this season.

Moving for Rossi, despite scoring just five goals in his previous stint in England, would be a signal of intent from Spurs in the New Year, with goals needed to spring the club back into life.

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