Tottenham Hotspur favourite Teddy Sheringham has backed the club to move for Queens Park Rangers striker Charlie Austin this summer, insisting that he has the quality and goalscoring nous required to succeed at White Hart Lane.
The performances of Austin were a major positive in an otherwise bleak campaign for QPR in 2014/15. Although his impressive record of 18 goals in 35 appearances was not enough to prevent an immediate return to the Championship, such a run of form at Loftus Road earned the player a place in Roy Hodgson's senior England squad for matches against the Republic of Ireland and Slovenia.
Unsurprisingly given his significantly enhanced reputation, the 26 year old has attracted a wealth of transfer interest of late and QPR boss Chris Ramsey recently revealed that assets of his quality would likely be sold in the coming weeks if a suitable offer is received.
Leicester City were reported by The Guardian to have seen an opening bid worth £12m ($18.6m) for Austin rejected in July as QPR held out for at least £15m, while Newcastle and West Ham are also believed to be interested in his services, along with Crystal Palace.
With Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly on the verge of a move to Aston Villa and the woefully ineffective Roberto Soldado also unlikely to remain in North London next season, Mauricio Pochettino will require at least one new striker to ease some of the pressure on Harry Kane.
Tottenham's interest in Austin was revealed by the Daily Mail on 6 August, with the club said to be pondering a move to match his full asking price as an alternative to their lengthy pursuit of West Brom's Saido Berahino.
That particular transfer would appear to have the support of Sheringham, a man who knows all about scoring goals for Spurs after notching 98 league goals in North London over two separate spells at the club that spanned a combined seven years.
"Most definitely," the current Stevenage boss, who will take charge of his first game in professional management on 8 August as his team kick off their League Two campaign at home to Notts County, told Talksport when asked if Austin would fit in with what Tottenham currently require.
"He is a fantastic finisher and a great player to have around. To score 18 goals last season in a struggling team shows he can score goals. I wouldn't care what the going rate was at the moment, I would snap him up."
While respective deals for Austin and Berahino remain possible, they are not the only forwards to be linked with Tottenham in recent days. French publication L'Equipe believes Pochettino is closing in on a deal to sign Cameroon international Clinton Njie from Lyon.
Tottenham face a difficult opening fixture of the 2015/16 Premier League campaign away to Manchester United this weekend, a match that comes just three days after their final pre-season friendly against AC Milan at the Audi Cup in Munich.