Why Tottenham-linked Mattia Destro is perfect for Mauricio Pochettino's needs

Tottenham-linked Mattia Destro would be an ideal signing for Mauricio Pochettino's side.

According to Sky Sports Italia, Tottenham Hotspur sporting director Franco Baldini and Roma counterpart Walter Sabatini met in London to discuss three potential deals between the two clubs - including a switch for out-of-favour Italian front-man Mattia Destro. 

The 24-year-old forward, who found himself linked with a move to White Hart Lane last summer, looks set to move to pastures new this season. Despite an impressive string of performances in the Red shirt of Roma, Destro has found himself outside the first-team reckoning at the Stadio Olimpico, leading to suggestions that he will leave the club during the current window.

He finished the 2013/14 season as Roma's top goal-scorer, scoring 13 goals in 20 appearances - seven of which came in the final eight games of the season. He then netted five times in 16 appearances for the Serie A side in the first half of the 2014/15 campaign,before joining AC Milan in January, for whom he scored three times, in 14 matches.

Quite clearly, Destro's main strengths lie in his finishing and ultimately his ability to hit the back of the net. The Italian is the calibre of player who takes his chances when he gets them. He was by no means a regular starter for Roma over his final one-and-a-half seasons at the club - and yet he still scored 18 goals in Serie A during that time.

Considering the rapid development of Tottenham's Harry Kane, this is exactly the kind of player Mauricio Pochettino should be holding out for. Kane is expected to be the Lilywhite's first-choice striker next term but the club need a prolific back-up option; a player capable of scoring regularly, despite playing a bit-part role.

With Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor struggling for goals last term - scoring just three goals between them - Pochettino is said to be understandably keen to bolster his attacking options. In Destro, the Argentine head coach would possess a fiery individual who is fully capable of challenging Kane for a starting berth, thus pushing the youngster to continually improve. An ideal solution?

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