Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Erik Thorstvedt has warned the club against a swap deal for Didier Drogba.
The Ivorian has recently emerged on the Spurs radar, with Harry Redknapp known to be in the market for a striker and a handful of players already linked with a White Hart Lane move.
However, Thorstvedt is adamant that a move for Drogba would not be a step forward for the north London club, and should not be included in a possible deal for Luka Modric. The Blues tabled a £22 million bid for the Croatian yesterday, with Redknapp branding the offer 'ridiculous'.
“Drogba is past his peak. He’s a fantastic player, one of the best strikers in the world, but he’s on the way down. If you want to invest for the future and build up a team you should look at a younger guy," the Norwegian told talkSPORT.
"Drogba is a machine, he can terrorise defenders, but it also takes a while to see when the downturn has started. Although he had malaria problems last season, he wasn’t quite there like he was before.”
Manchester United are also thought to be keen on the services of Modric, but Thorstvedt believes that selling the diminutive playmaker would put a major knocker on Spurs' chances of making the Champions League again next term.
“Trying to break back into the top four now that they’ve just missed out on the Champions League for next season, you’ve got to keep the players you really want at the club,” he continued.
“Tottenham Hotspur have got loads of players. They need to get a few of them off their books and they need to put lots of money into a top striker. But you don’t want to bring in a top striker and then lose a creative midfielder like Modric.
“I remember when I was at Tottenham Hotspur, we bought Gary Lineker from Barcelona and then three days later we sold Chris Waddle to Marseille. So it was almost back to square one."