The £5m striker that looks ideal competition for Kane at Spurs
Much of the transfer talk around Tottenham in recent weeks has revolved around attempts to sign Loic Remy on loan from Chelsea or rekindling their summer interest in West Brom’s Saido Berahino in the hope of adding some extra forepower in their squad to support Harry Kane.
It’s clear Mauricio Pochettino could do with another striker as Clinton N’Jie continues to adapt to English football, even though Heung-Min Son has shown a capability of filling in when required.
One player that hasn’t been mentioned as a possible transfer target, but that could prove an astute bit of business is Borussia Dortmund’s Ciro Immobile.
Things haven’t worked out especially well for the Italian since signing for Dortmund as the intended successor to Robert Lewandowski.
He ended his first season with 10 goals in all competitions, although only three of these came in the Bundesliga. With Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang firing on all cylinders this term, Immobile has been sent out on loan to Sevilla, but again a return of four goals in 15 appearances is moderate at best.
Interest in Immobile is strong in Italy, no doubt thanks to his scoring of 22 goals in 2013/14 for Torino which confirmed him as the Serie A top scorer. The word is that he is also available for a fee in the ballpark of £5m.
Immobile may have had a challenging 18 months on the field, but signing a recognised goalscorer for £5m at the age of 25 would seem like shrewd business.
His passion would rub off on supporters at White Hart Lane, he is a clever exploiter of space and possesses tactical intelligence.
Furthermore, Immobile is a willing runner, is a keen presser of the opposition, arguably at his best when playing on the break and has both strength and speed among his attributes.
What seems really needed is for a manager to bring out the best of Immobile in the same way Giampiero Ventura did at Torino.
Jurgen Klopp couldn’t do it at Dortmund, but he is also having difficulty now in getting Liverpool to be deadly in front of goal in the Premier League.
Maybe Pochettino is the man to bring back the spark? There is no concern about Immobile giving it his all with the aspiration to make Italy’s Euro 2016 squad still shining bright.