Spurs line up move for River Plate striker Teo Gutierrez.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino seems to have finally grown tired of the underperformance of strikers Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, with the Mirror reporting that Spurs are ready to move to secure a January deal for Colombian World Cup star and prolific centre forward Teo Gutierrez from River Plate.
It came as a surprise when the injury to Radamel Falcao that ruled him out of the tournament opened the door to Gutierrez, as opposed to FC Porto goal machine Jackson Martinez or Sevilla star Carlos Bacca, but Colombian manager Jose Pekerman used the 29 year-old to great effect during the summer World Cup.
Capable of not just scoring goals but holding up the ball and dominating defences physically as well, Gutierrez is perhaps far more suited to the lone striker role that Pochettino expects his strikers to play than either Adebayor or Soldado.
Spurs reportedly sent scouts to South America to watch Gutierrez in recent weeks and, if they liked what they saw, they could be set to try and secure a January deal for the player, who is currently hoping to seal an Argentine league title with one of the country’s biggest clubs, River Plate.