Villarreal striker Gerard Moreno has enjoyed a very impressive first top-flight season.
Consulting our sources close to Villarreal, HITC Sport have discovered that Tottenham Hotspur are showing the keenest of interest in 23-year-old striker, Gerard Moreno.
The young Catalan has excelled during his breakthrough season in La Liga, having spent the last two campaigns proving himself in the Segunda.
Following good progress in the youth system, which took its natural progression through the B and C teams, Moreno was afforded first-team opportunities during the 2012-13 campaign, as Villarreal swiftly bounced back from the Segunda to the Primera.
Last season he was loaned out to Mallorca, where he netted 11 goals in 31 outings in Spain's second tier, continuing his development and enhancing his growing stature with quality performances, which weren't ignored by Villarreal manager, Marcelino Garcia Toral.
As such, the Villarreal boss retained Moreno when he announced his squad for the 2014-15 campaign. A decision that he hasn't regretted in the slightest.
Moreno has taken to his first top-flight season with aplomb, proving himself to worthy of the faith shown and has made an important contribution, as Villarreal secured a 6th place finish, during the penultimate weekend of La Liga action.
On as a replacement for Giovani dos Santos in the 71st minute against Malaga, Gerard Moreno took just ten minutes to make his mark, latching on to a cross that Luciano Vietto couldn't connect with, firing Villarreal into the lead.
The second goal followed quickly in the 87th minute, with Moreno showing swift reactions after a poor clearance by Malaga goalkeeper, Kameni. Keeping a cool head, the striker punished that mistake with clinical efficiency.
Such performances are why Tottenham have been scouting Moreno carefully since the start of 2015, although it remains to be seen if that interest, will result in a formal bid this summer.
Moreno provides Pochettino with a very interesting, and certainly much more realistic attacking target. One which Spurs are more likely to land, compared to some of the highly ambitious options they have been linked with.