Tottenham Hotspur hold talks with top transfer target

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Roma striker Marco Borriello's agent has confirmed that he has held talks with Tottenham Hotspur about the possibility of his client making a surprise January switch to the Premier League, according to The Mirror.

Borriello is back with Roma after successive seasons away on loan with Serie A rivals Juventus and Genoa, but has failed to establish himself as new coach Rudi Garcia's first-choice striker.

The 31-year-old is behind Francesco Totti, Mattia Destro and Gervinho in the Giallorossi pecking order and that peripheral role is thought to have alerted Spurs to the possibility of signing experienced cover in attack next month.

Spurs have strong links with Roma thanks to sporting director Franco Baldini, which would make any potential deal easier to negotiate.

Borriello's agent Carlo Cavalieri clearly agrees, revealing that he spoke to Spurs about the former Italy international on a trip to London last week.

Cavalieri said: "Marco is very happy in Rome and with Roma, but clearly the recovery of Francesco Totti and Mattia Destro from injury is reducing his space and he’d like to play more.

"His profile is very much appreciated in England, as they are looking for players like this. Being here in London I had the chance to talk to various clubs. Tottenham? Yes, they were among them.

"For the moment he is happy at Roma, then we’ll see what happens over the next few days."

Potential January additions at White Hart Lane may depend largely on the current questions over management being solved quickly, with Tim Sherwood still in caretaker charge and waiting for news on who will lead Spurs for the rest of the season.

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