Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with in-demand Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin in the last 24 hours, with the Daily Mail reporting that the club are willing to meet the R’s £15 million valuation of the 26-year old.
Whilst undoubtedly a real talent who will guarantee a decent goal return wherever he goes – Austin is not the answer to Tottenham’s specific quandary.
One thing sorely lacking in the Spurs attack is pace, and signing the QPR man will not address that issue.
West Bromwich Albion forward Saido Berahino is another who would add much needed pace to a sometimes ponderous front-line, but Spurs are believed to be baulking at the Baggies demands – around £25 million, as per the previously mentioned Mail report.
It’s a fair old sum for a player just starting to take off in the Premier League, but if Spurs are willing to shell out £15 million for Charlie Austin, then surely another £5-10 million for Berahino is within the realms of possibility.
The West Brom man is younger, quicker and ended last season just four down on Austin’s much-lauded 18 goal tally - in three fewer starts.
Versatility is something Spurs desperately need and the England Under-21 international is as capable playing behind the striker or from the left flank as he is operating as a lone frontman.
His arrival could bring about a fearsome partnership with Harry Kane - as well as providing an alternative to the Spurs star - and would also give the likes of Nacer Chadli and Christian Eriksen serious competition.
Austin, on the other hand, would simply be a like-for-like back-up to Kane and it’s doubtful whether the 26-year old would be happy to play such a bit-part role.
Prising Berahino away from the Hawthorns will not come cheap, but he is the type of player the club needs to be targeting if they are to have any chance of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League.