Before their home loss to West Ham Tottenham were looking every inch the top-four contenders and they’re 19/20 to get back on track with a Premier League victory at Hull.
However the goals are yet to flow for the Lilywhites and with that in mind the Metro understands they have made PSG’s marginalised forward Ezequiel Lavezzi their prime January transfer target.
Lavezzi scored five goals in nine Champions League games last season.
The former Napoli man’s Ligue 1 return of three goals and four assists in 28 starts in 2012/13 may hardly seem worth the price of Daniel Levy’s first class Eurostar ticket to the French capital, but the Argentine came alive in European competition.
Vital goals against Porto and Valencia (twice) secured his side’s progression to the competition’s latter stages and suggested there is a formidable big-stage performer there for the taking.
Nacer Chadli is arguably Spurs’ sole left-sided wide forward.
While Tottenham have Andros Townsend, Aaron Lennon and Erik Lamela in the wing-forward department on the right flank only Chadli can really rank as a genuine front-three member on the opposite side of the pitch.
Gylfi Sigurdsson has often been preferred to him in the Premier League this season despite being more of a central midfielder and Lavezzi’s genuine wide-forward instincts would be a welcome addition to Spurs’ attacking armoury.
Tottenham have been outscored by 13 of their Premier League rivals this season.
The case for bolstering the forward line is clear, with a lack of firepower conspicuous in domestic action since Gareth Bale’s departure.
Lavezzi has been employed either as the left member of the Parisians’ most advanced line of three or as the line-leading striker ahead of Zlatan Ibrahimovic so far this season and could also be used as an alternative focal point to Jermain Defoe or Roberto Soldado in the bid for greater goal-threat.