Spurs hope ‘special partnership’ will see them land young forward.
Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas is keen on a January loan move for Real Madrid youngster Alvaro Morata and will hope to use the mooted ‘special partnership’ between the two clubs to gain first refusal on the 20-year-old, CaughtOffside understands.
The clubs reportedly made an agreement after last summer’s move of Luka Modric from White Hart Lane to the Bernabeu, though with Gareth Bale joining the Croatian in Madrid this summer Spurs are yet to be on the receiving end of any positives from this connection.
It had been suggested that Bale’s £85m transfer this year could also include the move of left-back Fabio Coentrao in the other direction, though this never materialised, and Spurs may now look to the Bernabeu again as they look to strengthen their options upfront.
Morata is highly thought of by Los Blancos, emerging as one of the best young players to come through their academy in recent times, and he has unsurprisingly found first-team opportunities limited with the many big names ahead of him at the club.
Tottenham were in the market for new strikers this summer, succeeding in bringing in Roberto Soldado from Valencia, though they had hoped to land one more to replace last season’s misfiring partnership of Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, targeting the likes of David Villa and Leandro Damiao as additional purchases, though in the end they missed out on a number of their targets.
Villas-Boas is one of many admirers of Morata’s talents, and feels the youngster could be available on loan from Real Madrid this season, as they will be happy to let him leave on a temporary basis to gain more first-team experience.
A prolific scorer at youth level, drawing comparisons with former Real Madrid star Fernando Morientes, Morata too may feel a move to Spurs could be highly beneficial for his career, though a permanent transfer is seemingly out of the question for the moment.
Morata has also been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Manchester United in recent times, though Spurs will be hoping their partnership with the Spanish giants sees them gain first refusal on him if they are willing to let him leave.
Failing a move for the Spanish Under-21 international, Spurs may look to continue their hefty summer spending, which saw them bring in £109m’s worth of new talent to help them cope with the departure of the influential Bale.