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Friday, 4 July 2014

Spurs have tough striker problems ahead

The transfer window could go pear shaped for Tottenham in the never ending quest to solve the striker department problems.

Spurs have tough striker problems ahead

The Evening Standard report that Arsenal have dropped their interest in Italian forward Mario Balotelli after below par displays at the World Cup. He scored against England I hear you all cry, but that was against Phil Jegielka and Gary Cahill so it hardly counts, especially when you add Leighton Baines and Glen Jonhson, neither of whom can defend.

That means Arsenal will move on to another target which could well be QPR striker Loïc Remy. The 27 year-old has agreed a deal with Tottenham in principle but will not sign in case Arsenal come calling and offer him Champions League football.

Arsenal are known to be interested and have Remy as one of the back-up options behind Balotelli. The Frenchman scored 14 goals on loan at Newcastle United in 24 games last season and has an £8 million release clause in his QPR contract.

That looks to take Remy out of the picture for Spurs. Chelsea have scuppered any chances of Tottenham signing Romelu Lukaku as they appear to have insisted he spend a season on loan at Atlético Madrid as pasrt of the deal to take Diego Costa to Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku was Spurs' first choice, with Remy and Wilfried Bony as back-ups. Swansea are already going to lose Ben Davies to us although they already have their replacement signed and could lose Vorm. Łukasz Fabiański has arrived to become number one and so the signing of 30 year-old Vorm is a possibility even though Friedel has signed a one-year deal.

Wilfried Bony has scored 17 goals in 34 Premier League games and his agent, Dalibor Lacina, is looking to move his client to a bigger club.

"I spoke to Newcastle about Bony last summer. Newcastle should have bought Bony a year ago but they didn't believe in him.

"They could have signed him for £10 million, but they said they weren't sure if he was good enough, that he was only playing in Holland [with Vitesse]. Now he is worth £20m.

"The next step for Bony is a top-six team in England or a top team in Germany, Spain or France, or he will stay with Swansea.

"We have a certain strategy. Bony is in a totally different place to Newcastle and wants to move to a club with ambition."

Agents know their players and as he says Bony is now worth £20 million, Swansea however want £25 million. It's clear from what his remarks to the press that Bony wants to move, but if a transfer couldn't be arranged with a top-six club then he'd stay with Swansea.

Not exactly the 'he wants to stay at Swansea' mantra that their fans would have you believe. Huw Jenkins we hear is a tough negotiator but the fact that he is talking indicates there is a deal to be done.

That of course is no guarantee that a deal with be done, if it doesn't then we would have to move down our list to other options and that is where the problem lies.

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Goalscorers are not ten a penny, we bought one, he flopped. Finding another and minimising the risk, as well as getting a deal at the right price, isn't going to be easy.

Do we go all out for Bony or do we move on to alternatives? We are not in a great bargaining position if the alternatives are deemed lesser. We have Gylfi Sigurdsson as a bargaining chip of course and so the negotiations would be including all the possible targets.

It would be daft to negotiate a Ben Davies deal involving Sigurdsson and then negotiate over other players and Daniel Levy is not daft.


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