According to this source, Juande will go up against mega-rich Manchester City for a very talented Brazilian striker, but can Tottenham afford to outbid the Eastlands outfit?
Manchester City and Tottenham are battling to secure the signature of CSKA Moscow striker Vagner Love when the transfer window reopens in January.
Love, 24, is regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football and was strongly linked with a £12million move to Everton during the summer. The Brazilian is keen to move to the Premier League and is willing to hold talks over his future.
Love helped CSKA win back-to-back titles, scored in their UEFA Cup Final win over Sporting Lisbon in 2005 and averages a goal every two games in his career.
He is desperate to leave Russia after trouble off the field.
His family have had to employ bodyguards because of kidnap threats. CSKA Moscow are insisting that he stays until the end of the Russian season in November, but will then review his future with Manchester City and Tottenham leading the chase to clinch his signature.
Love said: “I will have to speak with CSKA and review my options. If there is something clear I will consider it, because an offer from England is always attractive. (Daily Mirror)
Clearly Spurs are lacking some sharpness up front. Replacing Keane and Berbatov was always going to be difficult and, even though Darren Bent has improved, clearly the club needs more options up front and Vagner Love is an accomplished front man. Moving to London may help in Daniel Levy’s favour but Mark Hughes already has a few Brazilians at his disposal, and that could help his case.
Things can only get better at White Hart Lane, as the players at the club are clearly capable of so much more, and whether its down to attitude or lack of determination, something needs to be done and maybe another signing would only be a short-term solution. However, a player of the quality of the CSKA man would still be a great acquisition.