Report: Liverpool and Spurs eye summer deal for Rondon

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Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon has been linked with a move to the Premier League.

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur are going head-to-head in the race to sign highly-rated Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon, the Daily Star claim.

The Venezuelan striker has been turning heads in over the past 12 months as his goals have fired Andre Villas-Boas’ team to the top of the Russian Premier League.

Rondon has been in Europe for the best part of his footballing career, having spells at Spanish duo Las Palmas and Malaga before moving to Russia, first with Rubin Kazan and now with Zenit.

His next stop, however, could well be England’s top flight as according to reports from the Daily Star Rondon has been pinpointed as the ideal marksman.

“Tottenham and Liverpool will go head-to-head for the signature of Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Salomon Rondon.Spanish sources claim the Venezuelan international is determined to leave Russia at the end of the season, with the Premier League his most likely destination,” the report claims.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers may feel the need to bolster his striking options in the summer as this season’s recruits – Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli – haven’t had the desired effect.

To fit in with the Reds’ high-pressing style of play, a top marksman with quick movement, scrapping abilities and an eye for a goal is key.

Rondon, 25, has scored 103 goals in 265 appearances in all competitions and is renowned for his speed, strength and excellent link-up play.

Spurs, likewise, are likely to be in the hunt for a new striker this summer with players such as Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado expected to depart White Hart Lane.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side have at times this campaign been short on goals, and their increasing reliance on youngster Harry Kane doesn’t bode too well for the future.

Rondon would be a sound choice, and as per the report, a much more favourable option than Porto’s expensive goalscorer Jackson Martinez.

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