Tottenham's attempts to bolster their strike-force has been unsuccessful so far.
Four names were prominently featuring in the rumours page linking with a move to White Hart Lane. Brazilian Leandro Damiao still remains in his home country, Roberto Soldado remains in Spain along with David Villa, while Christian Benteke is trying to force through a move out of Aston Villa.
With their thin strike-force, it's time for the Spurs think tank to look for other feasible options.
Tottenham scouts have spent time in Brazil assessing their options and that is why Damiao features prominently on their wish-list. He has huge potential and will be a worthy investment. But a deal looks far way off, and at this time another Brazilian would be appealing to the club.
Brazil striker Fred was one of the stars linked with a move to Manchester City as a replacement for Carlos Tevez. But the move never materialised and it's time for Spurs to test Fluminense's resolve over the Confederation Cup silver boot winner.
The former Lyon striker is a vital cog in Luiz Felipe Scolari's Brazil side and has scored nine goals in 10 outings during his second tenure. His two goals in the Confederations Cup finals have all but sealed his place in next year's World Cup finals, barring a disaster.
The striker's ability to be at the right place at the right time has been critical in the Brazil setup. He steps up out of nowhere to score goals, and with the opponents focusing on Neymar, Fred has done the job without much fanfare.
He might find the circumstances similar at Tottenham, where the opponents focus mainly on Gareth Bale. He can wreak havoc in the Premier League with his opportunism.
The Fluminense striker isn't the typical Brazilian No. 9 in the caliber of, say, Ronaldo. He doesn't possess bags of tricks or skills to flash his brilliance. But, most importantly, he knows where the goal is and is a lethal finisher.
He has established himself as the Selecao's main striker ahead of Damiao, former Manchester City striker Jo and former AC Milan striker Alexandre Pato.
Fred's link-up play with Neymar, Hulk and Oscar is an important factor in the Selecao's attacks. He sets up fellow players, and his readiness to play the second fiddle to more illustrious names makes him an ideal team player.
He can do a similar job at White Hart Lane and their incessant attacking methods will be matching with the strikers strengths as well.
Tottenham do have a strong Brazilian contingent with Sandro, Paulinho and Gomez in their ranks. Their presence can help Fred to settle easily at Premier League. The striker also possess vital experience in European competitions during his previous stint with Lyon in France.
Fred has been in fine form in last three seasons, scoring 94 goals in 136 appearances for club and country.
With a goal-to-game ratio of 0.691, Fred can be the solution for Tottenham's search for a 20-goal striker. He is the leading striker in Brazilian national team set up as well.
To have the Brazilian No. 9 leading the line for Tottenham wouldn't be a bad move for the Premier League club, right?
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