With nine goals in twelve La Liga games, Spurs should target Villarreal’s Cedric Bakambu in January as a partner for Harry Kane.

Spurs should target a move for free-scoring Villarreal striker Cedric Bakambu in January as a partner for Harry Kane and alternative to Fernando Llorente.

The 26-year-old striker took his Europa League tally up to three for the season on Thursday night, with his second-half brace securing three points for the Spanish side away against FC Astana of Romania.

With nine goals in 12 league games this term, Bakambu is the third top scorer in La Liga, only behind Lionel Messi and Simone Zaza, and the former Sochaux striker is showing no signs of slowing down.

In the summer, The Telegraph reported the 16-time Democratic Republic of Congo international was a transfer target for West Ham and that The Hammers had seen an initial bid rejected. Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino should urge the board to rival them for his signature come January.

With his blistering pace, strength and poacher’s instinct, Bakambu would be perfectly suited to Premier League football and would represent the ideal partner for talisman Harry Kane up top in the 3-4-1-2 system used by Pochettino recently against West Brom and Borussia Dortmund, as well as against Real Madrid earlier in the season.

Bakambu signed a new deal in the summer but the draw of Champions League football could be enough to prise him away from Villarreal to North London.

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