The Borussia Dortmund recruitment tentacles, it would appear, don’t stretch as far as the Premier League, with reports surfacing the Westfalenstadion side have made a move for misfiring Tottenham frontman Roberto Soldado.
Spanish publication AS state Thomas Tuchel and co regard the 30-year-old as ‘the ideal replacement’ for Ciro Immobile, another hugely disappointing striker the Bundesliga club recently sold to Sevilla.
After breaking the 25-goal-a-season barrier in each of his three years at Valencia, Spurs can hardly be blamed for paying £26m to sign Soldado, though with just seven league goals to his name in north London – only one of which was registered last time around – he hasn’t been able to vindicate this sky-high outlay.
Looking at those to arrive alongside him in the Lilywhites’ dreadful summer of 2013, he’s not the only one the above statement applies to.
With £85m-worth of Gareth Bale sale generated fuel in the tank, Spurs jetted off on a round-the-world shopping spree that would see north of £100m spent.
Of those this exorbitant sum procured, only Christian Eriksen and, to a lesser extent, Nacer Chadli can be considered successful signings.
However, should Soldado make the Dortmund move as per reports, just three of the seven shipped in two years ago will remain on the books; the aforementioned twosome and record-signing Erik Lamela who, it seems, Spurs are willing to allow as long as it takes to come good.
Midfield flops Paulinho and Etienne Capoue have been annexed to Guangzhou Evergrande and Watford respectively, while centre-back Vlad Chiriches looks certain to be loaned to Fiorentina.
For the former pair, who started just 14 league matches between them last term, £16m of the £26.5m they cost was recouped and the latter could yet see his value inflate as per Mo Salah if he flourishes in Tuscany.
Trousering a decent fee for Soldado on top of this will, with the exception of Lamela, go some way to eradicating the many expensive mistakes made two summers ago, leaving Spurs better placed for an assault on the top four.
After bolstering the defence with Kieran Trippier, Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld’s arrivals, Spurs are now a playmaking midfielder and a ‘wide forward’-type away from completing the Mauricio Pochettino modus operandi.
Even without these players on board, they’re 4/1 to break into the Champions League places at present.