Targeted in Pochettino's first season, could Spurs consider move for unwanted Barcelona forward Paco Alcacer?

Paco Alcacer of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Barcelona at Estadio de Mendizorroza on August 26, 2017 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Former Spurs target Paco Alcacer looks set to leave Barcelona.

Paco Alcacer of FC Barcelona scores his team's third goal during the Copa Del Rey Final between FC Barcelona and Deportivo Alaves at Vicente Calderon stadium on May 27, 2017 in Madrid,...Paco Alcacer of FC Barcelona

According to a report from Diario Gol, Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde has instructed the club to try and sell striker Paco Alcacer in a bid to bring his miserable spell in Catalunya to an end.

Alcacer, 24, became a burgeoning star with Valencia, as with 43 goals in his final three seasons with the club, he was one of the most dangerous strikers in Spanish football.

Barcelona came calling in 2016, and whilst he was primarily signed as cover for Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi and Neymar, his time at the Nou Camp has managed to fall even short of those expectations.

Paco Alcacer of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Deportivo Alaves and Barcelona at Estadio de Mendizorroza on August 26, 2017 in Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain.

Alcacer hit just six La Liga goals last season, and has appeared just twice this term, having failed to really impress new boss Valverde – and it's claimed that he is effectively transfer-listed ahead of the January window.

A host of English clubs have already been linked with moves for Alcacer in 2018, but one club yet to have their name involved is Tottenham Hotspur, who actually targeted the striker back in 2014 during his Valencia days.

In Mauricio Pochettino's first season as Spurs manager, The Mirror reported that Tottenham were scouting Alcacer ahead of a possible move to sign him, with Pochettino himself described as being 'a huge fan' of the striker.

Alcacer has reached major heights and plunged to real depths since then, but with Barcelona now willing to let him go in January, could the Spurs boss rekindle his interest in the Spanish international?

Paco Alcacer of FC Barcelona misses a penalty shot during the Joan Gamper Trophy match between FC Barcelona and Chapecoense at Camp Nou stadium on August 7, 2017 in Barcelona, Spain.

Pochettino does already have Harry Kane at his disposal, whilst deadline day signing Fernando Llorente gives him another option from the bench, though Spurs do still only have those two recognised senior strikers.

If Pochettino wants another option – as the recent scouting of Besiktas hitman Cenk Tosun suggests he does – then Alcacer fits the bill, as he is more of a fox-in-the-box-type poacher, something Spurs don't have, rather than the all-round brilliance of Kane and physical dominance of Llorente.

Convincing him to leave Barcelona to merely be a rotational option at Spurs may be difficult, but if Pochettino truly is a fan of Alcacer, as he is claimed to be, then a Tottenham bid for the Barcelona misfit may not be out of all realms of possibility.

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