Reports yesterday suggested that Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were both still watching Lyon forward Alexandre Lacazette, currently Ligue One’s top scorers.
Get French Football claimed that both clubs had watched the player five times, which suggests they are considering a January move to bolster their attacking options, even though he’s only just signed a new Lyon contract.
Arsenal and Spurs are often thrown together in a variety of confrontations but it would definitely be a move in the right direction for Tottenham, if they could win the race to sign the 23-year-old Frenchman.
With Spurs also linked with Jay Rodriguez of Southampton, Lacazette may not form the image of a talented English striker who can grab the side by the scruff of the neck, but his transfer would create a number of positives for the club.
Firstly, it would be evidence that Spurs have pulling power in terms of the players they can attract, against a rival arguably higher in profile and glamour.
It would also be significant considering Lyon aren’t in the Champions League this season, which is a big plus for Arsenal and something Spurs have to battle against with any player linked with both clubs.
Arsenal are also arguably in a position where they would be able to generate a higher fee for the player and if Spurs could overcome that, it would be a demonstration of the resources they have to draw on in order to get business done in the transfer market.
It’s also a move which would reflect positively on the club’s manager Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine is faced with the difficult task of how to rotate three strikers heading towards January, in a system where he’s predominantly using two strikers up front.
In short, it’s an area of the squad where he needs to get another player in at White Hart Lane and the French forward is well suited to the way Tottenham ideally like to play football.
Finally, it would be a real statement of intent for Tottenham and a signal that they mean business in the months leading into May.