£18m 28-goal striker tipped for Spurs: Master-stroke or another Soldado?

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FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez has been linked with a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur, but would he be a success?

Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly held talks with the representatives of FC Porto striker Jackson Martinez, and will lodge an £18million bid this summer.

The Metro reports that Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has discussed a possible transfer and is keen to move forward even with Tim Sherwood set to be replaced at the end of the current campaign.

Martinez has scored 28 goals for the Portuguese side this season, following 31 strikes in the previous campaign.

In short, the 27-year-old Colombian international is one of the most prolific and naturally-gifted finishers in the game. And if Tottenham really can get him for £18million, it will be a bargain.

Or at least it should be, because with his goal-scoring record, clubs across Europe will surely be queuing round the block in an attempt to sign him.

Indeed, he has previously been linked with Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United to name a few, but Spurs may have a question to ask prior to completing a deal if it really does get that far.

After all, Tottenham signed another player with a mighty fine goal-scoring record last summer, in the form of Roberto Soldado.

The 28-year-old had netted 30 goals for the La Liga side, with 27 the year before.

That was 57 club-goals in two campaigns – just two short of Martinez’s record so far.

But far from being an instant hit, the £26million signing from Valencia has struggled in his first season in the Premier League, to such an extent that he has scored just six league goals and 11 in all competitions to date.

So yes, that £18million being reported for Martinez does look like a bargain, but it will only prove to be one if the Porto star transfers his form to England; something that has not proved possible for all who have made the move to White Hart Lane for big fees.

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