White Hart Lane boss looks to bring in Villrreal striker to improve attacking options.
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Tottenham Hotspur are weighing up the possibility of a move for the former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi, having finally been paid the full £16.5m they were owed from Sunderland for Darren Bent.
Rossi, 23, now established as one of the best strikers in the Spanish league at Villarreal, is on Spurs’ list of possible new players after they turned down the opportunity to sign Ajax’s Luis Suarez, now a target for Liverpool. Rossi’s contract expires in the summer of next year and he has attracted much interest in Spain and Italy this season.
The transfer of Bent to Aston Villa has caused movement throughout the transfer market, with Sunderland now making serious inquiries about Peter Crouch at Spurs. While Tottenham’s manager, Harry Redknapp, does not want to sell the England international, that still very much depends this month on what kind of offer Sunderland would be prepared to make.
At a fee of £15m-£20m, Rossi would be among Spurs’ most expensive acquisitions, but he would fit their model of buying good, young players at competitive prices and has been scouted for some time.
Everything adds up here nicely. Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp needs new strikers as he is not happy with the misfiring bunch he has at Whte Hart Lane. Giuseppe Rossi is doing a fine job at Villarreal a club that many are reporting are unable to keep hold of the Italian international. The thing is, the 23 year old is apparently very happy at the over achieving La Liga side so it may be tough to get the former Man United man to leave.
The Yellow Submarines have over the past decade continually surprised many with their ability to progress in the top tier of Spanish football. Remember we are talking about a club who had never been in La Liga until 1998 and haven’t looked back since.
Some may feel that the allure of the Premier League may be too much for Rossi to ignore but given his incredible success in Spain after his relative failure in the England a move to bring the 23 year old to Tottenham may be tougher than one imagines. Not least because Villarreal are currently in third place in La Liga, the best of the rest after Barcelona and Real Madrid, and that is no mean feat for a club from a city that has a little over 50,000 residents.
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