Besiktas to battle Tottenham for World Cup troublemaker

Samuel Eto'o

Spurs’ surprise bid to keep Chelsea loan-star Samuel Eto’o in the Premier League could be hijacked by interest from Turkish giants Besiktas.

Eyebrows were raised last week after Tottenham Hotspur were linked with a shock move to bring former Barcelona and Chelsea striker Samuel Eto’o to White Hart Lane.

But those opposed to the idea of the 33-year-old turning out for the Lilywhites may just get their wish amid reports linking Turkish giants Besiktas with a move for the Cameroon international.

According to Man Set TV, the ex-Inter Milan striker could follow in the footsteps of Didier Drogba and Wesley Sneijder by moving to the lucrative shores of Turkey.

This latest development is a blow to Tottenham, who had hoped to bring Eto’o in as both cover and competition for Emmanuel Adebayor.

Many fans criticised the potential move as short-term, but with the 33-year-old generating a return of 12 goals in 34 outings for the Blues, including important strikes against the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United, he could be the man to help Tottenham finally seal a top four finish.

Eto’o is certainly keen to silence his detractors, recently labelling Jose Mourinho a “puppet” after the Portuguese made jibes about the striker’s real age.

A move to Besiktas would allow the Cameroon star to compete in the Europa League, but with Tottenham offering the opportunity to line-up against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, the veteran forward has a difficult decision on his hands.

This latest development comes days after the Cameroon squad threatened to boycott the World Cup over a dispute involving bonuses.

Now over in Brazil, the team are preparing to face Mexico on Friday in the second game of the tournament.

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