According to French media outlet Le10 Sport, Spurs are closing in on a deal for 29-year-old Argentine international Ezequiel Lavezzi, although they may have to lose goalkeeper Hugo Lloris in exchange.
While being linked with an attacker that currently turns out for French giants Paris Saint-Germain may whet the appetites of Tottenham fans, Lavezzi is hardly a player that would improve the current Spurs squad - especially if a move for him involves losing key man Lloris.
Lavezzi has scored 86 goals in his professional career, spread across three spells with San Lorenzo, Napoli and now PSG. As an attacking midfielder, to score that many goals in 349 games is acceptable, but a slightly low tally. He is currently in his third season with PSG, and has never truly reached the heights of his Napoli spell, when he was considered one of the best attacking midfielders around.
Lavezzi combined attacking potency with a high work rate and fitness levels, making him an all-in-one package. Few players fulfilled the same role as he did, and it was such a reputation that saw PSG splash the cash on the forward in 2012. However, this reputation has somewhat carried him through his time in Ligue 1, and he has lost a lot of what made him so special in the first place.
His goal return has decreased since his transfer - he scored once every three games in Italy, but is now down to once every 4.5 games - and his general gameplay has lacked in efficiency. He may still receive praise for his high work ethic, but that now amounts to a lot of running around with no output. He has completed fewer dribbles this season than the under-performing Andros Townsend, and played fewer key passes per game than seven members of the Tottenham first-team.
If Lavezzi were to arrive at White Hart Lane, it would be as a big reputation signing with a big name, almost making him a default first-team starter despite poor performances. He has done little in recent years to suggest that he would be a good signing for a club with Champions League ambitions, and, with Lloris’s future also on the line in any potential deal, Spurs should be doing all they can to avoid signing Lavezzi.