After enjoying a successful loan spell during the 2011/12 campaign, in which he managed an impressive 17 goals in 33 games, Togo striker Emmanuel Adebayor made a £5m permanent move to White Hart Lane in time for the start of last season.
Unfortunately for Tottenham, Adebayor failed to ever find the form that he showed in his previous temporary spell at the club, only managing five goals in 24 games. Now, at the age of 29, the likeliness of a return to form is highly unlikely, and Andre Villas-Boas must look elsewhere during the summer.
Time and time again we have heard the name Leandro Damiao linked with a move to Villas-Boas’s side. The Brazil international striker has reportedly been close to becoming a Tottenham player on several occasions; however, for whatever reason, he still remains at Internacional.
Although Spurs do have time on their side, they simply cannot have any expectations towards capturing Damiao, but instead use this time to move for other players.
La Liga stars David Villa and Alvaro Negredo are two other players that have recently been linked with a move to White Hart Lane. Both are well-known big-name players who have an eye for a goal.
Villa would be the cheaper option as he has become out-of-favour at Barcelona since breaking his leg in the Club World Cup semi-final back in December. This, along with the addition of Neymar will inevitably limit the number of games he will play for this club in the future.
With Negredo being the main man at Sevilla, the striker who netted 25 times for his team in the league last season would be a more expensive option. As well as this competition to sign the 27-year-old is likely to be high, and with Tottenham not being able to provide Champions League football next, the Spaniard may well be tempted to move elsewhere.
Villas-Boas, however, need look no further than Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke.
His 19 goals for the Villains were key to their successful relegation battle last season. Being able to score the amount of goals he did in what was a fairly mediocre Premier League team was truly incredible, and with the support of players such as Moussa Dembele, Aaron Lennon and Clint Dempsey, Benteke will surely be right up there with Robin van Persie and Sergio Aguero in the scoring charts next year.
Paul Lambert will be looking for in the region of £20m for his prize possession, but with Benteke being only 22-years-old, that is somewhat of a bargain in the current market.
And if Villas-Boas is to add the Belgian to his squad, the forever improving centre-forward could very well lead Tottenham to new heights in years to come.
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