Tottenham’s new status as one of the Premier League’s big spenders looks set to continue when the transfer window reopens in January, with a £20m-plus bid for AC Milan’s exciting Italian forward Stephan El Shaarawy thought to be under consideration.
Despite lavishing over £110m on seven new players during the summer Spurs generated practically the same amount in sales, with around £20m brought in from shipping out Steven Caulker, Tom Huddlestone and Clint Dempsey on top of the £86.7m Real Madrid paid for Gareth Bale.
However, Spanish striker Roberto Soldado was the only out-and-out striker amongst the new group of signings and with Spurs seemingly light on centre-forwards bringing in another will be a priority after Christmas.
The Lilywhites are still outsiders for a top-four finish at 6/5 and while three wins out of four in the league is a solid start to the campaign, they have struggled to find the back of the net so far.
Soldado has scored twice in the Premier League so far, but both times were from the spot and should the striker fail to produce the flurry of goals the White Hart Lane faithful expect there is little reliable back-up in Andre Villas-Boas’ squad.
Jermain Defoe’s three substitute appearances in the league this season have come to little besides giving Soldado a rest, while Emmanuel Adebayor has not featured at all and may still leave on loan in the next few days.
A move for El Shaarawy would certainly be audacious as the 20-year-old only signed a new deal at Milan in February and is a fans’ favourite at the Giuseppe Meazza.
The ten cap Italy international fired the Rossoneri up the table after a poor start saw them 15th with seven points from eight games last season.
El Shaarawy scored 10 Serie A goals between then and Mario Balotelli’s arrival in January, hauling Milan back up to seventh on their way to eventual third-place and Champions League qualification.
The striker only managed one more league goal after being moved to the left-wing to accommodate Balotelli up front and may find getting ahead of a misfiring Soldado an easier proposition were a move to north London materialise in the New Year.