With the Porto striker’s agent ruling out a move to White Hart Lane in January, we look at three cheaper Portuguese Super Liga options.
Long linked with a move to Tottenham, it would appear that the Lilywhites are likely to miss out on a deal for Porto’s Jackson Martinez – but there are plenty of low-cost alternatives currently impressing in the Portuguese top flight.
Henrique Pompeu, the agent representing the Colombian, revealed that the striker was focused on winning the title with the Lisbon giants and progressing further in the Champions League rather than departing the club come January.
"There is plenty of talk, but he has an agreement with Porto and will respect it,” he said.
"He won't leave in January."
But with fellow former hotshot Roberto Soldado proving an expensive mistake so far for Spurs – his goal against Everton aside – Tottenham and Daniel Levy may have just dodged a rather expensive looking bullet.
After all, plenty of strikers are scoring goals for fun in Portugal at the moment – the only difference is that these ones don’t have a £40 million price tag.
Here are three of the best...
Deyverson - Belenenses
Born in Rio de Janeiro, the 23-year-old Brazilian was first brought to Portugal as a youngster by Benfica, featuring in the Lisbon side’s B team during the 2012-13 campaign when he showed glimpses of the talent that convinced O Glorioso to gamble on him, scoring eight times.
He moved on to Belenenses after failing to break into Jorge Jesus’ first-team plans but has flourished at his new club, scoring seven goals in 11 Ligre Sagres appearances for the team to date. Small, quick and confident on either foot, Deyverson has the potential to go far and is worth a gamble.
Bruno Moreira – Pacos Ferreira
A former graduate of the Braga youth academy, the 27-year-old Portuguese striker has enjoyed something of a nomadic career with spells at five different lower league sides to his name, as well as CSKA Sofia in Bulgaria, but everything changed after he moved to Pacos.
Given the chance to star at a club that embraced such memorable outcasts at Bebe – now with Benfica - Moreira has taken his chance with both hands, scoring six goals in eight league outings for his new employers.
A strong, powerful striker who is effective at finishing with either the ball at his feet or in the air, Moreira could be tailor-made for the rough-and-tumble of the Premier League.
Moussa Maazou – Maritimo
Arguably the most high-profile of the three under-the-radar picks from Portugal, Maazou is a regular at international level with Niger, scoring eight goals to date for the Menas and spent time with CSKA Moscow and on loan at AS Monaco and Bordeaux in his younger years.
Still on 26, the 6ft 1in striker moved to Maritimo over the summer and has scored a sensational eight goals in just 11 outings for his new team, including a brace against Sporting Lisbon.
An excellent header of the ball, skip to 5:45 to see an example of what he can do given the right delivery
With CSKA once paying €4.7 million to bring the striker to Russia, Maazou could yet come to the fore at Tottenham.