Should Tottenham make a January bid for this wantaway Atletico Madrid star?

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Atletico Madrid forward Alessio Cerci has hinted that he wants to leave in January.

It was quite the summer for Atletico Madrid. Having won the La Liga title and reached the Champions League final, things were looking bright for Diego Simeone and co.

Yet the departures of Thibaut Courtois, Filipe Luis and Diego Costa meant that Simeone had to try and rebuild his side, bringing in a host of new signings.

One of those was Italian forward Alessio Cerci, who was fresh off a World Cup campaign with Italy after starring for Torino in Serie A.

The 27-year-old racked up 13 goals and ten assists last season, and was a target for many of Europe's top clubs before Atletico forked out €16m to sign him.

Yet so far, Cerci has played just 119 minutes for the Spaniards this season, failing to start even once - and whilst he has found the net once, Cerci has admitted that he may leave the club.

"We'll see what happens with Atletico from now until January, I didn't go to Madrid to not play," said Cerci. "I was always relied upon in Italy, I don't have the patience to sit and stay on the bench."

Clubs are no doubt monitoring his situation with intent, and one of those clubs should be Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs were linked with Cerci before he made the move to Spain, and with Mauricio Pochettino desperate for new recruits, the Italian international would be a great addition.

He has great dribbling ability, a keen eye for a pass and deceptive speed, whilst also having the versatility to play in a number of different roles, including out wide, behind the striker and up front.

With Pochettino reportedly set to sell the likes of Aaron Lennon, Andros Townsend and Roberto Soldado, bringing someone in of more quality that can fill a number of positions would be a smart move - especially with further questions over the future of Erik Lamela, another left footed playmaker.

Cerci has proven that he can be a force in a top league, and adding him to Spurs' flagging attack would be a step in the right direction as we near the January transfer window, with the player desperate for a chance to succeed.

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