Spurs plan raid on EPL rivals for in-form African ace

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West Bromwich Albion's in-form striker Peter Odemwingie has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur.

The Metro reports that fresh from scoring in the Baggies' 2-2 draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane at the weekend, Odemwingie's desire to compete at a higher level has sparked interest from north London.

Harry Redknapp is said to have been thoroughly impressed by the 29-year-old's quick line speed and round the box movement, which continued to be a menace for the Tottenham defence on Saturday.

Having moved to the Hawthorns for a modest £2.5million fee, West Brom can expect a considerable profit on a player who has now scored thirteen goals in his debut season in the Barclays Premier League.

"You never know what's round the corner in football but all I can say right now is that I'm very happy here at West Brom," Odemwingie told in a recent interview.


"Transfers can always happen but this club gave me a chance in England and, as long as I'm happy and I'm scoring goals, I've no problem staying here."

However, the lure of mixing it amongst Europe's elite would be a far more realistic goal playing for potential suitors Spurs, who haven't yet given up hope of a fourth placed finish and qualification for next season's Champions League competition.

At the very least, Odemwingie could expect to play Europa League football with Tottenham, and may have his head turned by the offer of playing on a bigger stage at White Hart Lane as he approaches the peak of his career.

Tottenham and Redknapp continue to trawl the market in search of their next striker target, and have been recently linked with a move for out-of-favour Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov – in what would see a sensational return to his former club.

But the likelihood of that deal remains a far-fetched idea at this stage, with a summer approach from Spurs for the Nigerian international Odemwingie, seemingly much more concrete.

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