Tottenham Hotspur want to bring Lacina Traore to White Hart Lane on loan next season according to a report in the Metro. But would it be the best move for the club?
The Monaco striker joined Everton on a temporary basis last season, but was swiftly side-lined through injury.
The latest report claims that while the Toffees are keen to bring him in again next season – especially with Romelu Lukaku’s own loan spell now at an end – Spurs may be in the box-seat. It is being claimed the North London side are willing to pay a £2million loan fee to secure the player.
And yet given the problems Spurs have faced up front and the ongoing calls to bring in a new quality front-man, is a loan move really the best option?
With Jermain Defoe departed and Roberto Soldado yet to replicate his La Liga form, Daniel Levy knew he was going to need to find a new goal-scorer for whoever is in charge of Tottenham next season.
Traore certainly fits the bill, and impressed prior to his injury at Goodison Park and subsequent return to Monaco. But Spurs should not be signing short-term fixes.
If they have realistic aspirations of finally breaking into the top-four – and staying there – they need to sign permanent strikers who can form long-term partnerships.
Lukaku has been linked with a move to Spurs for around £25million, and that would be an outstanding piece of business if Levy could pull it off.
But as good as Traore is, Spurs need to make effective permanent signings as they look to move on.
Soldado may still come good, while Christian Eriksen showed signed last season that he could become a superstar. But Levy must now pay big for a quality front-man in the mould of Lukaku or Jackson Martinez.
If he does, Spurs could do what Everton threatened to for much of this season.