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Uruguay striker Luis Suarez has reportedly declared an interest in moving to North London in January, by intimating to club officials that he is interested in a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

The 23-year-old is expected to leave Holland in either January or in the summer transfer window, and has been linked with a host of top European clubs in the past year, including Manchester United, Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus.

However, the Uruguayan forward has played his first hand in trying to engineer a move to the Premier League by claiming he would like to talk to Tottenham Hotspur, providing they could meet Ajax's valuation of £25 million.

"Suarez has heard of interest from Tottenham and he would be interested in the possibility," an Ajax source was quoted as telling Goal.com.

"Maybe before he thought Spurs were too small for him, but now he would go there if the right deal was agreed by everyone.

"He would like to challenge himself in one of the big European, leagues but at the same time Ajax don't want to sell him and he is very content here.

"To sign him in January would be very expensive as we would need a replacement and the best players cost a lot of money. I don't know if Tottenham Hotspur can pay what it would take to sign him."

Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has been scouring the world for a world-class striker, and Suarez is believed to be his number one target. Redknapp is seriously considering making a mid-season swoop to bring the Amsterdam goal machine to White Hart Lane.

With Robbie Keane out of favour and Peter Crouch struggling to find the net, the Spurs is on the lookout for a top class striker to add to his squad and will be buoyed by Suarez's declaration of interest, but he will also know they don't have the financial power to compete with Manchester United, should they come calling.

It is believed that Suarez is keen to test himself in one of Europe's elite leagues, after seeing his goalscoring pedigree questioned due to the Eredivisie's seemingly poor quality compared to other leagues.

Mateja Kezman and Afonso Alves come to mind, both coming to England after scoring goals for fun in Holland. Poor goal tally's followed and they crept back to anonymity in other weaker leagues.

However, it remains to be seen if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would sanction a move for Suarez, who still has two years left on his current deal, because he would be cup-tied in the Champions League should Tottenham advance.

This could leave the door open for Sir Alex Ferguson to make a move for the Uruguay international, who has been banging in the goals for the Amsterdam club since joining in 2007 with 81 goals in 108 appearances.

Ferguson wants to add another striker to his Old Trafford frontline, as Dimitar Berbatov has again failed to live up to expectations after such an impressive start to the season.

Speculation is rife that Bayern Munich are looking to take Berbatov back to the Bundesliga, which would free up space for the Red Devils to bring Suarez to Old Trafford.

Manchester United would have no problems finding the £25 million needed to acquire the Uruguayan's services as they have been promised a big transfer kitty by their American owners, the Glazers. Sir Alex Ferguson has said he will not strengthen his squad in January, so it looks like any potential move will not take place until the summer.

 

Topics:
Tottenham Hotspur
Robbie Keane
Dimitar Berbatov
Football
Premier League
Peter Crouch
Manchester United
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