Tottenham Hotspur have to consider both a transfer fee and competitive wages when contemplating a big move.
Tottenham Hotspur need a quality front-man. Of that there is no doubt. But for all the players linked with a move to White Hart Lane, there may be one simple and unavoidable reason why the best of the best will not be heading to White Hart Lane any time soon.
For all Tottenham’s ambitions – and the fact they are arguably just a world-class striker and a quality defensive midfielder away from looking like the real deal – could the fact they are unlikely to pay top wages be the reason they will struggle to sign the likes of Edin Dzeko, Jackson Martinez or any of the other forwards who would be perfect for them?
Earlier this week I wrote an article explaining why Dzeko would be the ideal signing for Tottenham, with the Bosnia-Herzegovina international under increased pressure following the £28million arrival of Wilfried Bony at Manchester City.
But some Spurs fans were quick to point something out; something too many of us forget when we are suggesting this or that perfect addition to a squad.
With the players currently on their books, Tottenham are unlikely to pay the wages required to sign one of the world’s best strikers.
They can sign promising players, potential stars of the future, but for now, until a number of high-earners are moved on, talk of world-class additions is unlikely to be more than just talk.
Goal-scorers know their value, and there will usually be offers on the table from alternative clubs willing and able to pay top dollar both for them and to them.
So yes, Tottenham do need a world-class forward, but getting one is not that easy.