Tottenham are eyeing up a move for Valencia striker Alvaro Negredo should they fail in their attempt to sign Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion in January. The north London club are desperate to bring a striker to White Hart Lane this summer and Negrodo will be a perfect back up for Harry Kane in the absence of better options.
The Daily Mail reports that Berahino is still Tottenham's pick for January, with the move having fallen through last summer owing to the club refusing to meet Spurs' valuation. Mauricio Pochettino is hoping that he can convince Tony Pulis to reopen negotiations for the striker this January, especially with the player not up to speed with the Premier League, after the initial setback.
Berahino had taken to Twitter to express his disappointment and has since found it very difficult to break into the first 11, something Tottenham is confident will work in their favour. However, with the striker situation at the club as it is, Pochettino is unwilling to take any chances and has drawn up Negredo as a possible alternative for the England international.
The Spaniard has not been a regular in the Valencia squad this season, making only five appearances thus far but has earned a new lease of life under Gary Neville, who has given him a start in each of the few games he has managed thus far. The recent return to grace of Negredo could prove to be a stumbling block for Tottenham, who had earmarked the former Manchester City man as the perfect man to realise their top four aspirations.
"Watching him at Manchester City two or three seasons ago he made a big impact in the Premier League and he was almost like the perfect striker; he was wonderful and there is no reason why he can't get back to that level," Neville said, on Negredo.
Spurs are currently fourth in the table, pipping Manchester United to the final Champions League spot owing to a superior goal difference. The north Londoners had gone 14 games without defeat before succumbing to Newcastle United and Pochettino has earmarked this year as the one where they can finally reach their destination, especially with teams around them failing to live up to expectations.