White Hart Lane outfit are the latest club to be linked with Real Madrid’s French striker Karim Benzema.
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Tottenham have made Real Madrid star Karim Benzema a January transfer target, Goal.com UK can reveal.
Spurs manager Harry Redknapp will closely monitor the France striker’s situation at the Bernabeu with a view to an audacious move when the transfer window opens.
Benzema, 22, could be on his way out of the Spanish capital because of a lack of playing time and a frosty relationship with new coach Jose Mourinho.
Tottenham are desperate to sign a top class striker in January to aid their challenge to finish in the top four of the Premier League again and will keep a close eye on Benzema to see if he becomes available.
Benzema has failed to cement a place in the Madrid side since his €35 million (£30.6m) move from Lyon last summer but remains one of the hottest talents in European football.
Spurs have the money to buy a big name striker and tried to sign the likes of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Forlan and Sevilla’s Luis Fabiano over the summer but their efforts were frustrated.
Redknapp has up to £25m to spend on a goalscorer and is hopeful that, should Benzema become available, he will be attracted by the chance to repeat Rafael van der Vaart’s renaissance since leaving the Bernabeu for north London on the last day of the summer transfer window.
“Harry didn’t try to sign Benzema this summer because he thought he had no chance but if there is any chance of signing him in January the club will do everything it can,” a Spurs insider told Goal.com UK.
“He played with Van der Vaart at Real Madrid and maybe that could convince him that Tottenham is the best place for him to kickstart his career.”
Tottenham could face competition from some of the biggest clubs in Europe, including Manchester United and Italian giants Juventus, but believe that they have a genuine chance of securing his signature.
Chairman Daniel Levy signed Van der Vaart for a bargain £8m and would now like to do more business with Real Madrid, although no contact has yet been made regarding the player.
Benzema scored nine goals in 32 appearances last season and has largely been restricted to substitute roles this term under former Chelsea boss Mourinho.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Angel Di Maria and Gonzalo Higuain appear to currently be Mourinho’s preferred front three, although the Frenchman has vowed to force his way into the side.
Tottenham’s four strikers – Jermain Defoe, Peter Crouch, Roman Pavlyuchenko and Robbie Keane – have scored just one Premier League goal between them this season in seven matches.
Redknapp wants a forward who can play in the lone striker role, guarentees goals and is suited to English football – and he believes Benzema fits the bill.
Benzema would immediately become the focal point of the attack at White Hart Lane, something he could deem attractive after failing to get a consistent run of games at Madrid.
In the wake of Van der Vaart’s signing, Benzema would become another genuine star signing for Spurs as Redknapp looks to build a side that could challenge for the Premier League following their Champions League qualification at the end of last season. (Goal.com)
What a move this would be if Harry Redknapp were to pull it off. It is no secret that the Tottenham boss is on the lookout for a world-class striker in order to take the club forward, and Karim Benzema would be perfect for the job.
The France striker is yet another player to fall victim of Real Madrid’s over-stocked squad, and if the rumours are true, could be swayed by Rafael Van der Vaart’s success since moving to Tottenham.
With the reported £25million Harry Redknapp has to spend, he could do a lot worse that signing the French star, who at 22 years of age, would have a lot to offer the Tottenham squad.