Tottenham must sign a quality striker if they hope to maintain an upward momentum and push for a Champions League place next season.

The north London club currently only have Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor on their books as senior strikers. The pair bagged just 16 goals between them in the top flight last-term leaving the club overly reliant on the goals of Gareth Bale.

Bale is of course hugely talented and there is nothing to suggest he wont replicate the scintillating form that saw him bag 26 goals in all competitions last-term. 

However, if the Lilywhites want to avoid missing out on qualifying for Europe’s elite competition next year they must strengthen up front this summer.

Adebayor was seen by many as the ideal man to lead Tottenham’s front-line after netting 17 times in the league whilst on loan at the club. Despite this promising start from the Togolese striker, he suffered a familiar dip in form last season.

Adebayor's form has left Andre Villas-Boas with no option but to sign a striker who can guarantee 15-20 Premier League goals next season, but who?

The most likely name to be mentioned is Aston Villa's Christian Benteke who scored 19 times for the Villains last-term. 

The Belgian international is understood to be keen on a move to White Hart Lane, and favours Spurs over Chelsea as he believes he would play second fiddle to the likes of Fernando Torres and Demba Ba at Stamford Bridge. 

Villa have slapped a £25 million price tag on Benteke which causes a major stumbling block for Tottenham who have already splashed out on Brazilian star Paulinho.

It is also understood that Paul Lambert is prepared to force Benteke to stay and it may take a player plus cash deal to change the scots stance.

Spurs had been understood to be on the cusp of signing Spain’s record scorer David Villa but he has opted for a stay in La Liga with Atletico Madrid.

This leaves AVB pondering his next move but what is for certain is that it must be for a proven goalscorer if he wishes to take Tottenham into the Champions League in the 2014/15 season.


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