Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez and are considering a bold move for the player in January.
Andre Villas-Boas was interested in taking Hernandez to White Hart Lane during the summer before making the then club record £26m purchase of Robert Soldado from Valencia, and though that deal didn’t materialise it is not thought to have put the Spurs boss off making another bid.
That is because Villas-Boas is desperate to add goals to his shot-shy side. Despite making a decent start, taking 13 points from seven games, Tottenham have scored just six league goals all season – only the bottom five clubs have hit the net fewer times.
The loss of Gareth Bale is an obvious factor, but having spent in excess of £100m replacing the world’s most expensive player with the likes of Soldado, Roma’s Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksson of Ajax, it is a poor return for a side with Champions league ambitions.
Yet despite the lavish outlay, AVB is relying on just two out and out strikers, with either Soldado or Jermain Defoe leading the line with Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly out of favour. And with neither having scored a league goal from open play this season – Soldado has two penalties to his name – the need for Hernandez is obvious.
The Mexican hit 20 goals in his debut season at United four years ago and has scored 33 goals in 79 league games, but has admitted he may need to leave Old Trafford for the sake of his career.
The 25 year-old has made just four appearances all season for United, starting just twice under new boss David Moyes, and Hernandez may well be surplus to requirements, leaving Spurs to ponder an audacious bid.