Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of a new striker is now bordering on desperate and the latest name linked with a move to north London should be avoided like the plague…
What’s the word?
According to Football Insider, Spurs have turned their attentions to Crystal Palace centre-forward Christian Benteke after moves for other targets have failed to come to fruition.
Jose Mourinho is on the search for a new back-up to Harry Kane but with less than a week until deadline day, he’s running out of time quickly.
Smacks of desperation
The report mentions that moves for both Alexander Sorloth and Arkadiusz Milik have collapsed throughout the transfer window though opting for Benteke fails to make much sense at all.
Mourinho might have called the 29-year-old a “special player with special qualities” back in 2013 but the striker has just failed to impress since that emphatic campaign at Aston Villa.
Benteke’s bagged just 23 goals in 113 appearances for Palace, including a disappointing two strikes from 25 matches last term, via Transfermarkt.
It’s no wonder that Charlie Nicolas slammed the decision to offer him a new deal in 2019, he said: “I am amazed that Christian Benteke has been offered a new contract.”
Whilst BBC pundit Garry Thompson describes the 6 foot 3 Belgian is a “broken centre-forward” who isn’t likely to refind that goalscoring form anytime soon.
Even Eagles legend John Salako has changed his tune on the “beast,” slamming him for a “shocking” goals-to-game ratio.
You can’t help but feel that Spurs would be walking into a possible disaster if they brought Benteke in, even if it’s on the cheap in terms of a transfer fee, his wages are still well above what first-team regulars Lucas Moura, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Winks are earning, per Spotrac.
If Levy has any sense, then this one is simply a complete non-runner.
AND in other news, Spurs’ £100k-p/w lightweight dropped a clanger vs Newcastle on Sunday…
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