Forget Salzburg’s Sadio Mane, Tottenham should buy his teammate

Senegalese winger Sadio Mane is a reported transfer target for a host of English clubs.

Salzburg’s flying winger is reportedly a summer transfer target for English quartet Tottenham Hotspur, Chelsea, Manchester City and Newcastle United according to The Mirror.

The 21-year-old Senegalese international has been in fine form for the Austrian champions this season, laying claim to his reported £10m price tag with a number of impressive performances in the Europa League.

The Mirror claim that Tim Sherwood is keen to bolster Tottenham Hotspur’s left flank, and has sent chief scout Ian Broomfield to watch the youngster in action on more than once occasion.

His ability is evident, but is Tottenham’s left flank a priority in the summer? Arguably not.

Spurs have struggled for goals all season, scoring just 40 Premier League goals in 31 games; less than half of what Liverpool have managed.

Their problem lies in the striking department, and despite the return of Emmanuel Adebayor, Tottenham’s £26m summer signing Roberto Soldado has continued to struggle in front of goal.

Instead of chasing Salzburg winger Sadio Mane, his current teammate Jonathan Soriano could be what the Champions League hopefuls really need.

The 28-year-old Spanish striker is a late developer, but has been one of Europe’s most prolific goalscorers over the last few years.

The former Espanyol striker never used to be a regular goalscorer, but showed enough intent for Pep Guardiola to sign him for Barcelona in 2009. Despite playing only for the B team, he was a hit, scoring 54 goals in 79 appearances and in doing so gaining a move to Salzburg.

In Austria, he has improved further – scoring 75 goals in 85 appearances in all competitions.

Whilst the Austrian Bundesliga isn’t anywhere near the standard of the Premier League, his eight goals in seven Europa League appearances make him the competitions top goalscorer - proving his ability.

With Spurs in need of more goals, they could do no worse than gambling on the Spaniard – after all, their own Spanish striker has been anything but a hit this season.

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