Tottenham Hotspur have begun to concentrate their scouting efforts in Portugal, as they search for new attacking options to take the burden off Harry Kane's shoulders next season.
Kane scored his 15th and 16th Premier League goals of the season in the 2-1 win away to Queens Park Rangers at the weekend, but beyond that the goal scoring options are few and far between and as a result the Lilywhites are eyeing up some of Portuguese league's best players, according to the Evening Standard.
The first name on the list is Braga's flying wingman Rafa Silva. The 21-year-old has been compared to Chelsea's Eden Hazard and has a career record just shy of one goal every four matches. He has played three times for Portugal and has a release clause in his contract of £17.7million, although Spurs would hope to negotiate a fee substantially lower.
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Expensive additions but worth pursuing
Next up is Argentine international Eduardo Salvio. The pacey winger has five caps for his country and originally joined Benfica on loan from Atletico Madrid in 2010, before making the move permanent the following season for €13.5 million. Like Silva, Salvio has a one in four record in Portugal but is valued at close to £25 million which may prove prohibitive for the 24-year-old.
Finally, Brazilian front man Anderson Talisca is also being watched, having been linked with Chelsea previously. The 21-year-old has splashed onto the scene this season, scoring 11 in 34 games for Benfica this season but after starting the campaign with a blaze of goals he has found the going tougher recently.
Out before in a reality for Pochettino
Any incomings at White Hart Lane may be dependent on how many Spurs can offload, with Emmanuel Adebayor, Etienne Capoue and Younes Kaboul the first being pushed out of the door. In terms of wingers, Aaron Lennon does not seem to have a future in North London and Pochettino may hope the England winger makes his loan move to Everton permanent.
Nacer Chadli started the season in fine goalscoring form, while Andros Townsend has usurped record signing Erik Lamela for the starting spot on the right wing. However, Spurs need more from their wing men and it would be no surprise to see additions made in those positions.