According to The Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a £40 million bid for Wilfried Zaha in the summer transfer window, but it is his Crystal Palace teammate, Christian Benteke, that Mauricio Pochettino’s side should target.
Zaha is a brilliant winger and would enhance the quality of the current Tottenham team, but the 25-year-old former Manchester United man is not exactly the kind of player that Spurs are in desperate need of.
What Tottenham need more than anything else is an able back-up striker to Harry Kane, and Benteke could solve that problem.
Fernando Llorente has struggled to make an impact at Spurs since his move from Swansea City in the summer of 2017, and it is clear that the North London outfit need someone more reliable than the Spanish striker.
Benteke is a very ambitious footballer, and with Palace struggling for survival in the Premier League this season and likely to do so in 2018-19 (if they do not get relegated to the Championship), the former Aston Villa striker could be tempted to switch to Tottenham.
Strong in the air, bullish in his hold-up play and ability to create panic inside the opposition penalty area, the Belgium international striker would be a good signing for Tottenham, especially if manager Pochettino deploys wingers on a regular basis and instructs his players to whip in crosses when 'passing and press' fails.
The one problem that Spurs could face is Benteke’s wages. According to Spotrac.com, the Belgian earns £120,000 per week as salary at Palace.
Tottenham are unlikely to pay the former Liverpool striker that much salary, but if Benteke is willing to take a pay-cut for a club who will be challenging for the Premier League title and competing in the Champions League, then it would be a great deal for the North London outfit.
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