White Hart Lane side target Sporting Lisbon goal machine.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel eyed by Tottenham for January transfer
Tottenham are said to be considering a move for striker Ricky Van Wolfswinkel as he continues to drag his feet over signing a new deal at Sporting Lisbon.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Sunderland have all been mentioned as possible destinations for the 23-year-old, but he dismissed speculation during the summer, by revealing that he is in negotiations with Sporting over a new three-year-deal at the Jose Alvalade stadium.
However, those talks have since dragged and Van Wolfswinkel is now willing to consider other options, unless the club meet his wage demands by the new year.
According to Portuguese newspaper Abola, Van Wolfswinkel’s agent Louis Laros will sit down with Sporting president Godinho Lopes next week in a bid to find an agreement, and Laros is ready to demand a transfer in the January window if a compromise can’t be reached.
Sporting still believe they can keep the all-action centre forward, but an offer in the region of £8million would be difficult to turn down.
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has steadfastly stuck with in-form England man Jermain Defoe this term and practically ignored new signing Emmanuel Adebayor so it would be a tad odd if the White Hart Lane boss was to make a move for another forward.
Ricky Van Wolfswinkel was a much sought after property when he was banging in the goal at FC Utrecht, a hat-trick against Celtic in the Europa League really putting the forward on the map, and a move to Sporting Lisbon followed and the Dutch international has not looked back since.
For all the talk of contract squabbling it’s clear that the Van Wolfswinkel hasn’t seen his form dip, netting 25 goals in his first season in Portugal and already has eight goals to his name this term, which is all the more impressive given that his side are lying down in mid-table this season.
If Sporting Lisbon really are willing to sell their star striker then it may not just be Tottenham who take an interest.
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