Why signing £6m World Cup striker would be Pochettino's biggest mistake

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Tottenham are reportedly interested in a £6m move to sign River Plate striker Teofilo Gutierrez.

After a fairly quiet summer, many are expecting Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino to finally splash the cash in January or next summer after a fairly lukewarm start to life at White Hart Lane.

The former Southampton boss only added Michel Vorm, Eric Dier, Federico Fazio, Ben Davies and Benjamin Stambouli in the summer, spending around £35m - three times less than Andre Villas-Boas spent a year ago.

However, having won four and lost four of their first ten games of the season, it's fair to say that Pochettino hasn't quite got his side playing consistently yet.

The attack remains an issue for Spurs, and whilst Harry Kane is emerging, Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado continue to offer very little in the final third - prompting rumours that Tottenham will look to sign a striker in January.

Jay Rodriguez, Paco Alcacer and Jackson Martinez have all been linked, but reports on Tuesday night suggested that Pochettino is instead looking to his native Argentina for a solution.

Colombian hitman Teofilo Gutierrez, 29, scored for his country at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, and is an alleged £6m target for Pochettino and Spurs - which would be a huge mistake.

Gutierrez offered Colombia very little at the World Cup and often missed guilt-edged chances, whilst as he approaches 30, it may be too late for him to make an impact in Europe having already failed with Trabzonspor.

Yet the biggest reason why Spurs should avoid Gutierrez at all costs is because of his attitude problems. His list of demeanours is fairly long, stretching from lying to Trabzonspor about his injury status having gone back to Colombia unannounced to inciting Boca Juniors fans - two acts which he was heavily fined for.

However, arguably his worst incident of a fairly turbulent career was pulling a gun on his own team mate Sebastian Saja during Racing Club de Avellaneda's derby match against Independiente having been slammed for being sent off.

When team mates refused to even share the same bus as him, Racing had to let him go - and that's just a sign of the trouble that Gutierrez brings.

Pochettino struggled to contain the controversial Pablo Daniel Osvaldo during his time at Southampton, and Gutierrez would be a similarly divisive figure - something Spurs don't need at this moment in time, regardless of a cut-price £6m deal.

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