Chelsea contest Spurs for £35m striker - reports

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Chelsea will reportedly be contested by Tottenham in pursuit of Napoli striker Edinson Cavani when the transfer window opens in January.

The Uruguayan forward has found the net on seven occasions for club and country this term, following a haul of 32 goals during the previous campaign.

Cavani's potency in front of goal is reported to have alerted a number of Europe's top clubs, and Chelsea have been linked with a move for his signature on several occasions.

And, according to the Evening Standard, the Blues will have to beat off competition from Spurs if they have any hope of bringing the £35 million-rated 24-year-old to Stamford Bridge.

It is claimed Andre Villas-Boas has identified Cavani as a potential replacement for Nicolas Anelka, who is expected to leave the club in the summer, while he could become a long-term successor to Didier Drogba.

Spurs, meanwhile, are keen to make Emmanuel Adebayor's loan move from Manchester City a permanent one, but will not be able to pay his wages in excess of of £170,000-per-week.

Alternatively, Cavani would be a far more affordable option in terms of weekly outlay for Spurs, as he earns around £60,000 at Napoli.

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