Tottenham given encouragement over pursuit of Manolo Gabbiadini

Sampdoria fans at Marassi Stadium

Sampdoria are ready to bench striker Manolo Gabbiadini ahead of a potential January move away from the club.

Even after Harry Kane and Roberto Soldado impressed together in attack against Everton, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is still expected to bring in strikers in January.

Emmanuel Adebayor has alienated most of the Spurs fanbase with comments about their support, and there is no depth behind those three as Pochettino struggles to trust his current forwards.

The Argentine should be given money to spend in January though, and whilst the likes of Charlie Austin and Jackson Martinez have been linked, Spurs sent scouts to Italy earlier this season to watch one Serie A hitman.

Sampdoria's Manolo Gabbiadini hit nine goals and four assists last season in an impressive season, before scoring four goals in just nine games to kick start this season.

Tottenham, according to the London Evening Standard, were strongly pondering a New Year swoop for Gabbiadini - and now they've been given an indication that he could be for sale.

Tutto Mercato Web report that Sampdoria boss Sinisa Mihajlovic is ready to bench Gabbiadini in favour of Eder and Stefano Okaka Chuka, as he prepares his team for life without their star striker.

The 23-year-old is valued at between €14m and €16m, which would be well within Tottenham's budget, but they face competition for his signature from Napoli, who want to keep him in Italy.

If Pochettino has identified Gabbiadini as the man to solve Tottenham's striking issues, then a bid should be on the way in January, with Sampdoria seemingly resigned to losing the forward.

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