Dimitar Berbatov could be Tottenham Hotspur saviour

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With Tottenham Hotspur's efforts to sign Saido Berahino failing to yield results, Mauricio Pochettino could soon be forced to look elsewhere when it comes to strengthening the Londoners' strike-force.

Spurs currently possess just Harry Kane and want-away forward Emmanuel Adebayor, having sanctioned the sale of Roberto Soldado to Villarreal earlier this month.

But, despite his powers having waned with age, Dimitar Berbatov could be the ideal signing as the club attempt to force their way back into the Champions League.


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Spurs sensation

Though he upset fans by forcing through a deadline day transfer to Manchester United in 2008, Berbatov was a revelation during his time at White Hart Lane and helped the club to their last major piece of silverware.

A £10.9million signing from Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen, the Bulgarian fitted seamlessly into Martin Jol's side and hit 23 goals across all competitions to propel them into the UEFA Cup.

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The year after he netted exactly the same tally, but his most important goal was a penalty in Spurs' shock 2-1 League Cup final victory over Avram Grants' Chelsea at Wembley.

However, the club's failure to secure football amongst the European elite ultimately prompted him to look elsewhere, and despite Manchester City attempting to hijack a deal Berbatov got his wish to link up with the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and Carlos Tevez at Old Trafford.

Pantomime villain

Upon every return to his former hunting ground the ex-United forward was met with widespread jeers from the Tottenham crowd, but was still targeted by the club before he joined Fulham in 2012.

Spurs, again lacking strikers, made a desperate bid to bring him back to White Hart Lane but ultimately lost out due to the player's wish to once again play under Jol's stewardship. 

Now though, with no clubs in for him, Berbatov could be tempted by a return this time around and showed glimpses of his talent with Monaco in Ligue 1 last term.

The 34-year-old could also be the ideal tutor for Kane, whose goalless start to this season raises questions as to whether he can hit the same heights as last term, where he scored 31 times in 53 appearances.

Transfer deadline

Pochettino will no doubt launch one more desperate attempt to land Sadio Berahino, but spending £25million for a player with a reputation for causing controversy could come back to haunt him. 

Whilst Berbatov's playing style has been criticised throughout his career, the style and magic he possesses would help bring the excitement factor back to the Lane for the first time since Gareth Bale's departure to Real Madrid two years ago. 

The experience collected throughout his lengthy time in the game would also serve the club well - and any past sins would be forgiven if he manages to recapture the form that made him such a fan favourite first time around. 

Tottenham fans, do you agree? Would Berbatov be a suitable signing this summer? Let us know in the comments box below.

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