White Hart Lane and St James’ Park boss’s battle for promising youngster.
Spurs are reportedly planning a raid for Blackburn’s rising star Junior Hoilett, who has already attracted interest from Newcastle.
The 21-year-old ace is in the final year of his contract and appears reluctant to agree an extension.
Newcastle made strides to sign Canada-born Hoilett in the summer but Steve Kean managed to persuade the player’s father and agent that Ewood Park was the best place for him.
Blackburn’s start to the season has been woeful so far, winning just one game out of seven, and Hoilett could well look to move to guarantee his place in the Premier League next season.
Spurs are chasing a top-four finish this season and realise an exciting signing in January could give their chances of Champions League football a much needed rocket boost.
Hoilett, who can play on either wing, began to come of age last season, gaining plenty of praise from Blackburn manager Steve Kean.
Speaking in the summer, Kean said: ‘He can be top, top notch. He can go all the way to being a very, very special player in this league.’
Things are looking fairly dire at Blackburn Rovers at the minute. Boss Steve Kean is nearing the axe after failing to reverse the poor run of form that began at the end of last term. The Ewood Park side lost a few crucial players over the summer, including Phil Jones, Nikola Kalinic and Brett Emerton but didn’t spend a great deal replacing them.
Junior Hoilett impressed many with his performances last term and the 21 year old Canadian is now the subject of growing interest and it seems that Tottenham and Newcastle United are the most interested parties when it comes to the adaptable attacker.
Alan Pardew has seen his side start the season well and are still unbeaten but could arguably still do with more attacking options, having netted just nine goals in seven games. The strike pairing of Demba Ba and Leon Best appears to be doing the trick but Hoillet, who can play out wide as well as up front, may add something to their attack.
Tottenham lost two of their striking options over the summer, with Robbie Keane and Peter Crouch leaving for LA Galaxy and Stoke City respectively, Roman Pavlyuchenko appears likely to leave in January but Harry Redknapp has seen Jermain Defoe get back into form and brought in Emmanuel Adebayor in from Man City.
That said, Hoillet could also be a player that Redknapp feels could add something to the North London side’s attacking third in the long term.
Kean will struggle to keep the Ontario born attacker if Blackburn Rovers continue to fight relegation and the fact that the player will be out of contract in the summer will only mean that he can be purchased for a bargain price in January.