The 29-year-old forward has been linked with a move to White Hart Lane in recent weeks, with his cut-price £6 million fee reportedly interesting Mauricio Pochettino.
Currently plying his trade with Argentine club River Plate, the striker has netted 13 goals in 36 games for his country, including the second goal in Los Cafeteros’ World Cup victory over Greece. Pochettino is said to be admiring the forward, with a consistent goalscoring striker one of the weak points in the Spurs first-team squad.
However, signing Gutierrez will always be a risk for the North London club, with the forward something of a troublemaker in professional football. Having spent all his career in Latin America, except for a 23-game stint with Turkish club Trabzonspor, the 29-year-old was sacked by Racing Club in 2012, having reportedly pulled a paintball gun on his teammates after a match against Indipendiente.
Despite his reputation, the small fee and high goal return makes Gutierrez a good target for the Lilywhites, and the player himself appears keen on the move, telling Colombian media source Win Sports that he would love to play for an ‘important’ team in England.
When asked about the interest from Spurs ahead of Colombia friendly with the USA at Fulham’s Craven Cottage ground, Gutierrez said: “It’s very nice that important teams are interested in my services, I hope it can become true.”
“It’s a beautiful style of football in England and I think any player would love to play here.”
Spurs fans will be keen to see their target in action against the USA, with the club in need of completing good signings with Daniel Levy and Franco Baldini under pressure to deliver in North London. If Gutierrez does impress enough to peak interest in his services, he could well be completing a switch to White Hart Lane at the turn of the year.