Tottenham Ready to Splash Out £20m for La Liga Goal Machine: Redknapp Ready to Spend Big for Diego Forlan

Redknapp wants to bring former Premier League flop to White Hart Lane.

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Sports News - May 13, 2010

TOTTENHAM are ready to splash out £20m on Uruguay striker Diego Forlan.

Boss Harry Redknapp wants to revamp his attack in preparation for his side’s Champions League assault next season.

And he has targeted ex-Manchester United hitman Forlan, 31, currently at Atletico Madrid.

The blond bombshell, who is in South Africa for the World Cup, has played in Europe’s top competition for both clubs.

He also scored the goal which knocked Liverpool out of the Europa League semis at Anfield last season, plus the winner which left Fulham heartbroken in the final in Hamburg.

Redknapp would be happy to sell both Robbie Keane and Roman Pavlyuchenko this summer which would open the way for Forlan.

Atletico have not qualified for the Champions League this season so they know they will have to sell players.

They have decided to keep highly-rated Argentina striker Sergio Aguero, despite interest from Chelsea, and sacrifice Forlan. Although he is the wrong side of 30, Redknapp knows he will have to pay big money for quality and experience.

Atletico originally wanted £30m but Spurs have said there is no way they will pay that much. (Daily Star)

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Its hard to decide if a move for another striker is really needed at White Hart Lane. Lets say that for arguments sake the club does indeed offload Robbie Keane, which seems highly likely, then they still have England international pair Jermain Defoe and Peter Crouch and then a very handy back up in the form of Roman Pavlyuchenko. That’s a trio worth of talent who last season netted 47 goals in 80 starts, which isn’t too bad.

At most, even with a Champions League place to live up to, they need another back up man as otherwise you risk once again alienating one member of a quartet, something Tottenham have done with the likes of Darren Bent before and indeed was the reason Defoe left the club in the first place, before returning again a year later.

I understand the need to bring in more squad depth and in this day and age of 55-60 game seasons across all competitions you need a top notch selection to pick from that caters for injury and loss of form. A move for Forlan, although nice, is maybe not necessary, unless of course Roman is indeed homesick (an issue that has conflicted messages in the media) then maybe the club needs more in the way of firepower.

Forlan though is a different player to the one that really stank at Manchester United. In the six La Liga seasons since his Old Trafford nightmare was ended the Uruguayan has netted an incredible 145 goals. I don’t doubt that the 30 year old would consider a move back to England in order to set the record straight but he may also feel that his playing style is much more suited to the Spanish league and that he can instead look to see how his illustrious career in La Liga.

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