£115m-worth of strikers linked with Tottenham: Some more likely than others

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Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a number of potential new forwards with some far more likely to arrive than others.

Tottenham Hotspur fans are used to being linked with practically every half-decent striker in Europe and beyond, but with the January transfer window fast approaching the North London club have made more headlines than normal, such is their need for a quality front-man.

So far this season Tottenham have been linked with players from CSKA Moscow, FC Porto, HNK Rijeka, West Bromwich Albion and Southampton, but some of those potential deals are far more likely than others.

Here we take a look at just how likely some of Tottenham’s mooted transfer business actually is.

Seydou Doumbia (£25million)

The 26-year-old Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia currently plays for CSKA Moscow, where he has scored 83 goals in 129 games.

Considering the player’s contract expires in the summer of 2016, and after he previously revealed that he knew of interest from England, this one certainly has legs.

That Tottenham are reportedly unwilling to pay his £25million release-clause makes a modicum of sense given that there is no guarantee he will be able to replicate his form in the Premier League. But if Spurs offer in the region of £20million, CSKA may do business rather than risk losing him for less the following summer – provided of course no one just stumps up that reported clause.

Jackson Martinez (£35million)

Another players with a sizeable release-clause, Jackson Martinez is highly unlikely to arrive at White Hart Lane in January no matter what the latest reports would have you believe.

FC Porto president Pinto da Costa went on record earlier this month to state that none of his first-team players would be leaving during the current campaign.

With the Portuguese side also fighting hard with Benfica to reclaim their Primeira Liga crown, this is not one to get excited about.

Andrej Kramaric (£10-£15million)

Andrej Kramaric has scored 28 goals in 30 games this season, so it is no surprise Tottenham are said to be interested. The problem is the once-£8million-rated player is probably going to go for considerably more than that.

Leicester City are already said to have had a £7.9million offer rejected and HNK Rijeka will know now is the time to sell.

With his current deal expiring in the summer, Kramaric will move on in January, but the question is: Are Tottenham prepared to enter what could become a bidding war?

If they are, he is a distinct possibility.

Saido Berahino (£25million)

A player au fait with the Premier League and of an age when he would be a canny long-term investment, Saido Berahino has a £25million price-tag on his head.

Tottenham could do worse than pay that as he has all the attributes to develop a fantastic partnership with Harry Kane but is he really the headline name Spurs fans want?

If Daniel Levy spends big on Doumbia or Kramaric, do not expect him to also be writing a cheque for the West Brom star.

Jay Rodriguez (£20million)

Another rumour that refuses to go away and makes plenty of sense, with Southampton in possession of Graziano Pelle, Shane Long and Sadio Mane, it would be no great surprise if Jay Rodriguez reunited with Mauricio Pochettino in due course.

£20million is a lot for a player who does not have the record of some of the others on this list, but he knows the manager and the league so could prove an astute addition.

In short, Doumbia, Kramaric and Rodriguez are all relatively likely, while Jackson will be going nowhere just yet and a big-money move for Berahino would not sufficiently fill the void Tottenham so desperately need to deal with.

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