Tottenham are hopeful of landing long-term Liverpool target Jackson Martinez…
Tottenham have edged ahead of Liverpool in the race to sign Porto’s Colombian forward Jackson Martinez, by offering miss-firing striker Roberto Soldado in part-exchange.
Reports in the Metro claim that Spurs will make a cash plus player offer, with manager Mauricio Pochettino targeting a quality goalscorer in the January transfer window.
According to the source, Liverpool are preparing to make an opening offer of £30m as they, like Tottenham, look to seek their current goalscoring issues, but it appears as if the North London club are winning the race for Martinez’s signature.
Porto have previously insisted they won’t sell in January, but Martinez, who has scored 74 goals in 109 games for the club, has since stalled on signing a new contract – and they could look to cash in.
Liverpool have struggled since the loss of star player Luis Suarez in the summer. Daniel Sturridge has spent the majority of the season out injured, while fellow strikers Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have just one league goal between them.
Tottenham’s Spanish forward Soldado scored his first goal from open play since March in Sunday’s win over Everton, but has struggled to make an impact on a consistent basis since moving to White Hart Lane last year.
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