Spurs and Napoli battling to sign Colombian ace - report

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Tottenham Hotspur and Napoli are leading the race to sign Porto's Jackson Martinez, according to a report.

Tottenham Hotspur and Italian club Napoli are leading the race to sign Porto's Jackson Martinez, according to reports in Spain.

Tottenham are known to be on the look-out for a striker who can add goals for their side and Mauricio Pochettino has reportedly identified Martinez to be that man.

The Colombian has been in fine form in the Portuguese league for a number of seasons, scoring 51 times in 64 games, and he has attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe as a result, but it seems that Spurs are at the front of the queue.

It would be quite a coup for the Lilywhites to be able to land the 27-year-old, but Porto are always willing to sell their stars - providing the right price is offered for them. 

It is thought that Martinez could be available for €40 million, which is a major outlay, but after a prudent summer Spurs should have funds to spend.

Martinez has already told Porto that he wants a new challenge and that this season will be has last. 

A move in the January transfer window remains unlikely, with Spurs still looking to secure Champions League football to make the move even more attractive for the jet-heeled forward, but it is still a possibility.

Napoli are also reportedly competing for the striker, but Martinez would like to test himself in the Premier League

If Spurs were to secure the transfer of the front-man it would be a major step forward for the club, who currently have struggled for a player to lead the line. 

Harry Kane, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are the current options at Pochettino's disposal, but none have looked classy enough to be put in such a crucial position and Martinez would be a huge upgrade. 

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