Spurs to make £13m move for Very Average Striker: Why?

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The Rumour

Tottenham Hotspur are set to revive their interest in the Sunderland striker Kenwyne Jones in the summer, though their prospects of signing the Trinidad & Tobago forward may depend upon whether the Wearsiders are able to retain their Premier League status this weekend.

A sloppy defeat at Portsmouth on Monday night left Ricky Sbragia’s side needing to beat Chelsea at the Stadium of Light on Sunday to ensure they remain in the top flight. A loss, combined with victories for Hull City and Newcastle United, would drag Sunderland back into the Championship and, while that grim prospect is unlikely to deter the Irish-American businessman Ellis Short from taking over the club at the end of the season, relegation would impact upon the playing staff.

Jones, who scored his 11th goal of the season at Portsmouth, was the subject of interest from Spurs in the mid-winter window but signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at the end of January.

However, he was non-committal when asked if he would honour that deal should the Wearsiders go down. “If we stay up, of course I’ll stay,” he said. “I’ve committed myself to the club. If we stay up, I am definitely going to be here. But, if we go down, I can’t say what’s going to happen tomorrow.

The Source: (The Guardian)

The Analysis

Why? I don’t understand Harry Redknapp’s insistence on chasing this Black Cats man, it’s a pursuit that makes even less sense when you factor in the four top notch strikers he already has in the shape of Keane, Defoe, Bent and Pavyluchenko, i really do not believe that Kenwyne Jones is better than any of them.

He isn’t exactly the most prolific of marksman (16 goals in 57 League starts) and can at times look very lazy on the field of play. I know that Redknapp is looking to sell Roman and perhaps even Darren but replacing either of these with the 24 year old former Southampton man is frankly bizarre!

You have to love the Trinidad man’s quotes though, sure to be appreciated by the Sunderland fans. It shows real respect to your side when you essentially say i am leaving if we go down, the kind of thing you really want to hear days before the crucial last game of the season.

The Likelihood

Jones to Spurs: Surely not going to happen!

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