Tottenham Hotspur leading Jackson Martinez race after talks

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Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with FC Porto over an £18 million move for striker Jackson Martinez, according to the Metro.

Martinez is one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe, Arsenal and Chelsea have both looked at the Colombian to solve their goal-crisis. 

However it looks as though Spurs have moved into pole position after chairman Daniel Levy met the player's representatives in London.

The White Hart Lane outfit will require a clean-out in the summer after a £100 million transfer spree last summer proved to be an expensive waste of time.

Champions League qualification and a Premier League title bid would have been the aim after splashing out on the likes of Erik Lamela, Roberto Soldado and Paulinho following the world record sale of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

However none of the most expensive men have been justified as North Londoners close in on an unsatisfactory sixth place League finish, and now Martinez is being lined-up to replace the flops. He has a great scoring record for Portuguese outfit Porto having fired-in 58 goals in under 90 appearances after joining in 2012.

The 27-year-old is expected to play a big part for Columbia in the absence of injured Monaco star Radamel Falcao at the summer World Cup in Brazil.

Spurs' strikers in particular have miss-fired this campaign and will now be looking over their shoulders. Emmanuel Adebayor has been their top scorer with 10 goals and he was only re-introduced to the team when Tim Sherwood replaced the sacked Andre Vilass-Boas in late 2013. 

Soldado has scored just six times in the Premier League while England man Jermaine Defoe left the club in January for Toronto.

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