Tottenham's inability to find the back of the net on a regular basis was one of the main reasons behind their failure to secure Champions League football. With the addition of a 30-goal-a-season striker, the sky is the limit for the White Hart Lane outfit and a top four finish is not beyond them.
With reports linking Spurs with a whole host of top strikers, we look at five realistic transfer targets as Andre Villas-Boas' side go in search of attacking reinforcements this summer.
Christian Benteke | Aston Villa
At just 22, Aston Villa’s Christian Benteke is one of the most suitable options for Tottenham to go for.
Proven in the Premier League, powerful and skilful - and a national teammate of Jan Vertonghen and Moussa Dembele - the Belgian would be a great target for Gareth Bale to play off.
After scoring 23 goals in 39 games in his first year with Villa, his value has rocketed and it may take up to £25 million to persuade Paul Lambert's side to begrudgingly sell.
Leandro Damiao | Internacional
Leandro Damiao has been linked with Tottenham for the best part of three years, and the prospect of linking up with fellow successful Internacional graduate Sandro remains an exciting thought for Tottenham fans.
Damiao was reportedly close to joining in the January transfer window, and the failure to complete this deal almost certainly affected Tottenham’s top four prospects. Likely to command a fee of around £20 million this summer, Damiao found the back of the net 24 times in 43 games during the Brazilian domestic season in 2012.
David Villa | Barcelona
Undoubtedly one of the best strikers in the world when on form, the problem with shelling out for the Spanish record goalscorer is that he’ll be 32 in December and has lacked the sheer brilliance he possessed before his broken leg in 2011.
If Villa commands a sizeable fee, I’d be surprised if Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy would invest in a player with little re-sale value. If they can get him for under £10 million then he may offer a couple of years of significant ability. Villa has scored 15 times in 38 games this year.
Roberto Soldado | Valencia
Villa’s replacement at Valencia, Roberto Soldado has a phenomenal goalscoring record wherever he has played, and after recently turning 28 he is in what should be the peak years for a forward.
He may be cheaper than some of the other options on the list, which would certainly suit the Spurs chairman. The Spanish international notched 27 goals in 44 games this season, making a number of potential suitors sit up and take notice.
Alvaro Negredo | Sevilla
Like Soldado, Alvaro Negredo has demonstrated his class over several seasons and for several clubs in Spain. He is also the ideal age for a striker - turning 28 in August.
His record of 26 goals in 38 games is the best goals-per-game ratio of the five strikers mentioned here, and he has been linked to several English clubs before, including Tottenham.
His agent recently said he was only prepared to move to a Champions League club, so Tottenham, who missed out so narrowly on the last day of the season, will have to convince him that that one point difference is entirely surmountable if he was to join.
So, there you have it. Five striking targets Tottenham should consider this summer. The question is, are they feasible and can Spurs pull off a big-money move for one of these talents? Have your say in the comments box below, and let us know who you think Tottenham should go for.
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