Report: Espanyol keen to land Tottenham-linked striker Gerard Moreno

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Villarreal centre-forward Gerard Moreno is at the top of Espanyol's attacking wish-list.

Widely considered one of the revelation players in La Liga last season, Gerard Moreno has attracted plenty of attention, following an excellent 2014-15 campaign with Villarreal.

According to Marca, the 23-year-old forward is currently a key target for Espanyol. The Catalan club really need to strengthen their depleted front line, following the departures of captain Sergio Garcia and Uruguayan attacker, Christian Stuani, who joined Championship side Middlesbrough this week.

Espanyol president Joan Collet recently acknowledged the interest of his club, explaining to El Periodico Mediterraneo: "It's a matter which is on the table for the managers. Nothing has advanced as yet. He has a contract with Villarreal and there has to be an agreement reached between the two clubs."

Gerard currently has just one year left on his Villarreal contract, which means they could be willing to listen to offers, given the player has thus far been reluctant to agree a new deal.

As such, Espanyol are hoping they can secure the services of the centre-forward for a cut-price fee, although the suggestions right now are that Villarreal aren't willing to sell cheaply.

The principal aim of Espanyol would likely to be trying to sign Gerard initially on loan, with the inclusion of an option to buy clause, but only if Villarreal are willing to facilitate progress of negotiations.

Having made 39 appearances and scored 16 goals in all competitions, during the 2014-15 campaign for Villarreal, keeping Gerard would be their preference, given he's proven to be a highly effective player for manager Marcelino Garcia Toral.

Towards the end of last season, HITC Sport revealed that Tottenham Hotspur have been scouting the Spaniard regularly, although it's not clear whether any firm enquiries have since been made, either to the player or his current club.

If genuine Spurs interest still exists for Gerard, other clubs moving to sign the player could push them into action, rather than face the prospect of missing out on a very good attacking prospect.

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