Incoming White Hart Lane boss wants Stamford Bridge youngster.
Daniel Sturridge on Spurs watch list as Rafael Van der Vaart nears exit
Tottenham are lining up a £10 million bid for Chelsea starlet Daniel Sturridge, as the out-of-favour forward contemplates his future at Stamford Bridge.
The news comes as Spurs prepare to confirm the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as manager, with the Portuguese tactician set to pen a three-year-deal in the next 48 hours.
Villas-Boas’ arrival will kick start a month of rapid transfer business, with Chelsea attacker Sturridge believed to be the club’s top target.
Sturridge is currently seeking show down talks with Blues boss Roberto Di Matteo having fallen down the pecking order at Stamford Bridge, following Villas-Boas’ sacking in March.
The 22-year-old wants assurances over his future, but while Di Matteo is keen to hang onto the prospect, he will not accept players holding the club to ransom and would contemplate a £10 million bid.
Tottenham hope Sturridge will be the first of up to four new faces this summer, but the club are also expecting outs, with up to five players possibly leaving White Hart Lane in the next fortnight.
With Tottenham set to announce the appointment of Andre Villas-Boas as the permanent successor to Harry Redknapp imminently it appears that the former Chelsea boss is already lining up moves for White Hart Lane targets.
Andre Villas-Boas showed great faith in Daniel Sturridge during his brief spell at Stamford Bridge and given that Roberto Di Matteo didn’t show as much belief in the England man a move to Tottenham may appeal to the striker.
Though Villas-Boas did opt to play the former Man City man in a wide role he could look to bring in the 22 year old to boost Tottenham’s threadbare attack that currently includes just one recognised striker, namely Jermain Defoe.
Di Matteo left Sturridge out of much of last season’s big matches, including both Barcelona semi-final ties and the Champions League and FA Cup finals which may have contributed to Roy Hodgson’s decision to omit the forward from his Euro 2012 squad.
As for the five players set for Tottenham exits, as stated by this source, they may well include Luka Modric and Rafael Van der Vaart but Gareth Bale is going nowhere having signed a new four year deal.