Why Tottenham bid for ‘new Henry’ spells end for Chelsea free agent

Samuel Eto’o looks increasingly unlikely to be moving to Spurs after it was reported that the north London club had launched a bid for Anthony Martial.

Tottenham Hotspur appear to have opted for youth over experience when it comes to signing a new striker amid reports linking the club with a £15.8 million move for AS Monaco youngster Anthony Martial.

The potential arrival of the young forward who has already been dubbed “the new Henry” would most likely end any chance Eto’o had of securing a deal with the Lilywhites, who had previously been linked with a move for the 33-year-old.

A Champions League winner with Barcelona and Inter Milan, the Cameroon international spent last season at Chelsea, as part of a short-term deal that saw him score 12 goals in 34 appearances for the Pensioners.

Since being released by the Londoners, Eto’o has attracted a significant amount of interest from clubs across the world, including AS Roma and Napoli in Italy.

But it was widely thought that the Cameroonian favoured a stay in England, having become accustomed to life in London.

Tottenham was seen as the ideal destination, with Eto’o’s goals capable of propelling the club to a top four finish and Champions League football next term.

But Spurs have seemingly resisted the opportunity to recruit the veteran forward thus far, with West Ham United emerging as an alternative destination in recent weeks.

The Irons would struggle to meet his wage demands but could be forced into a move with Sunderland also thought to be weighing up a bid for the Barca favourite.

However a move to White Hart Lane now looks increasingly unlikely, with manager Mauricio Pochettino seemingly seeking a more long-term solution.

The Argentine may also opt to persevere with Roberto Soldado, who endured a difficult first season in the Premier League but looks increasingly likely to stay at the club beyond this summer.

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