Is Serie A striker the man to fire Spurs into the top four?

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Tottenham may have missed out on Mirko Vucinic, but now look set to target another Eastern European Serie A striker in Goran Pandev.

Vucinic was rumoured to be interesting Spurs last week, and whilst it looked like North London rivals Arsenal had pipped them to his signature, it now seems the Montenegrin international forward will be heading to Inter Milan from Serie A rivals Juventus, potentially in a swap deal involving midfielder Fredy Guarin.

The missed opportunity for Spurs means that manager Tim Sherwood has had to turn his attention to other players, but he hasn't gone far as he lines up a move for fellow Serie A forward Pandev.

The 30-year-old, formerly of Lazio and Inter Milan, has spent the majority of his career in Italy but seems ready to leave Rafa Benitez's Napoli after the summer arrivals of Gonzalo Higuain, Dries Mertens and Jose Callejon pushed the Macedonian down the pecking order.

Now, with Spurs lining up a move to take Pandev away from Naples, the man who can play behind the striker or up front could be set to leave Italian football for the first time since 2001 when he arrived at Inter Milan.

Spurs are in desperate need of a striker after the failed £26m capture of Spanish international Roberto Soldado and the impending departure of England's Jermain Defoe to FC Toronto, but Emmanuel Adebayor continues his rejuvenation under Tim Sherwood.

Despite the Togolese striker hitting another two goals against Swansea City yesterday, Sherwood appears to be actively seeking a striker after admitting that anything less than a top four finish could see him out of the job, despite only replacing Andre Villas-Boas in December.

"We know there are going to be tougher tests ahead, but it's been a good start for me. If the season were to end tomorrow I don't think the chairman would be too happy because we are fifth. The final league position has to meet the expectation of the club otherwise it's 'goodbye Charlie'. The club needs to finish in fourth place, we want to finish in fourth place. Anything other than that will be a disappointment but realistically we should be in amongst it."

And it's now becoming apparent that Sherwood believes the best way the keep hold of his job come the end of the season is to bring in more firepower and go for more goals – which has been the remit for much of Sherwood's spell in charge so far.

With Pandev seemingly available, could he be the man to score the goals that will secure a top four place for Spurs?

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