Tottenham enquire about former €12m Arsenal target - report

Former Arsenal target Alessio Cerci has attracted the attentions of Tottenham Hotspur.

Tottenham Hotspur have enquired about the possibility of signing former Arsenal target Alessio Cerci from Atletico Madrid, reports claim.

The Gunners were strongly linked with the Italian international during the summer as they seek to reinforce their strike options but ultimately missed out to Atletico Madrid.

Los Colchoneros signed the former Torino scorer for a reported €12 million fee after boss Diego Simeone insisted on his arrival as competition for fellow striker Mario Mandzukic.

However, since moving to the Spanish capital Cerci’s involvement in the first team has been restricted to just four La Liga substitute appearances and thus rumours have begun of an immediate exit.

According to Sky Sports Italia, the reigning La Liga champions have no interest in selling him so soon, although they have been contacted by Spurs over his availability.

“At the moment Atletico has no intention of moving him," states the report. "The requests have been limited to preliminary inquiries mainly from Tottenham. Mancini would also like to have Cerci as part of his project at Inter, but it remains to be seen if there are the conditions for a deal.”

Arsenal’s North London rivals have struggled for goals so far this campaign, and the struggles of strike duo Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado could prompt changes in the January transfer window.

Recent reports suggest that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is actively looking to move Adebayor on and the arrival of a new striker could give everyone involved at White Hart Lane a huge lift.

Cerci, 27, is more of a wide forward who contributes with both goals and assists and has been compared in the past to Dutch wizard Arjen Robben.

In 35 Serie A games last season, the gifted left-footed forward scored 13 goals and added a further 10 assists.

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