This £3m Tottenham transfer target could secure them a top-four place

Tottenham Hotspur must follow up their reported interest in Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and sign the striker in January if they want to make the top four.

If Tottenham Hotspur are serious about their Champions League ambitions this season, then the signing of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar in January is a no-brainer. 

Reports have surfaced that Spurs have beaten Arsenal to the Dutch international's signature and, whilst these may be a little premature, the club's interest would be a major step in the right direction.

Spurs' lack of a top-class striker is all that is holding them back from making a run at the Champions League places in the Premier League, and Huntelaar matches all the criteria needed to be a success at White Hart Lane.

Not only is he a proven scorer across Europe, but he also possesses the technical ability and the finishing prowess that has been missing for too long in North London.

Not since Jermain Defoe was in his prime have the club have a predatory striker and Huntelaar's composure in front of goal would be a major boost for the side.

The likes of Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are wonderful creative influences, but there is nobody to put the finishing touches on their passes.

So far Emmanuel Adebayor has been Pochettino's first choice, but Huntelaar would be a considerable upgrade on a striker who has scored just once this season.

The Togolese front-man may have hit a purple patch when Tim Sherwood brought him back into the line-up last season, but he is famously inconsistent and Spurs simply cannot rely on him to fire them into the top four of the Premier League. 

This season represents a decent chance for Spurs to break into the Champions League spots, with both Arsenal and Liverpool looking vulnerable, but unless they show some ambition in the January transfer window they may miss another opportunity.

Pochettino's six defensive additions over the summer may have been required, but they need to add a cutting edge to the new-found solidarity the Argentine has introduced.

Huntelaar offers this and even the prudent Daniel Levy must realise that a £3 million price-tag for a striker of his quality represents a huge bargain. 

Although the Schalke man is unproven in England, the outlay is worth the risk when considering the value of Champions League football to the side. Huntelaar may be the difference between Pochettino's first season being defined as a success or a failure.

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