The 30-year-old has managed a paltry 16 goals in 76 games in all competitions for Spurs since joining in 2013. However, this hasn’t put off the Primeira Liga side, who need a replacement for Lima. The Brazilian forward recently joined UAE side Al-Ahli, leaving them short in the striking department.
This could be perfect for the North London club, who could not only offload an unwanted player but also make room for a new signing.
They have been linked with a move for Lyon ace Clinton N’Jie, but will have to pay £14 million to get their man according to The Sun. They have already seen a £7 million bid rejected, and chairman Daniel Levy – who has a reputation as a tough negotiator [Daily Mail] – will have to significantly up his current bid to sign the Cameroon international.
Last season, the 21-year-old netted seven goals and grabbed seven assists in 30 Ligue 1 appearances, of which only 15 were starts. This has led to links with Arsenal [tuttomercatoweb via Metro], but it is their local rivals who seem to have made the first move.
Mauricio Pochettino is in need of a new striker after relying heavily on Harry Kane in the last campaign. The England international scored 32 goals last time round, but can’t be relied on to do so again.
Even if the 21-year-old does manage to repeat the feat, he will need more support if Spurs are to break in to the top four.