Report claims Corinthians are expecting Tottenham to bid for Alexandre Pato

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Corinthians are reportedly expecting a bid from Tottenham for Alexandre Pato.

According to a report from the Brazilian version of Goal, Corinthians are expecting a January bid from Tottenham for striker Alexandre Pato.

Spurs were linked with a host of forward over the summer, and manager Mauricio Pochettino ended up landing Clinton N'Jie and Son Heung-min from Lyon and Bayer Leverkusen respectively.

Neither are classic centre forwards, meaning Pochettino may yet look for a natural striker in the January transfer window - and a fellow South American is being linked.

Goal claim that Corinthians are expecting a January bid from Spurs for 26-year-old striker Alexandre Pato, who is currently on loan at Sao Paulo.

The former AC Milan star has hit 33 goals in 81 games for Sao Paulo, having struggled to find his top form for Corinthians - and Goal claim that Corinthians are 'desperate' to sell Pato in January, and are expecting Tottenham to make a bid to sign him when the transfer window re-opens in January.

Verdict

Pato has pace and finishing ability, but it seems unlikely that Spurs would make a move for the Brazilian in January. Once tipped as a wonderkid during his time with Internacional, Pato's biggest problem during his career so far has been a series of crippling injuries, curtailing his impact with AC Milan.

Pochettino's system at Spurs features heavy pressing and high fitness is required, something Pato may not be able to offer given his injury history in recent years, whilst his streaky goal record may also make him an unlikely target for Pochettino.

There may still be talent there with Pato, but there hasn't been much of a suggestion from Spurs that Pato is a target - and claims that Corinthians are expecting a bid seems more like agents trying to generate interest in the striker rather than concrete interest from Tottenham in his signature.

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