Tottenham have emerged favourites to sign Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez, according to the Metro. The German international could be available for as little as £7m and comes with an impressive Bundesliga record - 159 goals in 279 matches.
The Champions League-winning forward is unsettled at the Allianz Arena and finished the 2012/13 campaign as second choice to Croatian international Mario Mandzukic. And any thoughts that the 27-year-old could be persuaded to remain with the Bundesliga champions, given Jupp Heynckes has left the club and former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola is set to replace him at the helm, were dashed after his agent's comments.
The agent, Uli Ferber, was quoted as saying: "As far as I'm concerned, Mario will definitely get a transfer this summer. He will be leaving Bayern Munich."
The problem is that Guardiola is understood to be keen on signing Polish international Robert Lewandowski from rivals Borussia Dortmund. The 24-year-old Pole had more regular game time with his club this year and scored 24 goals from 29 starts. Gomez, by contrast, had only nine starts but scored 11 times in 20 appearances overall.
However, ESPN reports that although speculation has linked the Bavarians with Lewandowski, Dortmund president Reinhard Raubali confirmed that a formal offer from the champions had not yet been tabled.
Spurs' interest in the German could hinge on wage talks. Gomez, the Metro believes, will be offered £70,000 per week, which should be an affordable for the White Hart Lane side. However, there is also the little matter of signing Welsh international Gareth Bale to a long-term contract.
With nine-time European champions Real Madrid ready to offer the 23-year-old star a massive pay package and the chance to compete in the Champions League, Spurs chairman Daniel Levy will know his star must be served a bumper deal. And the Standard believes a £130,000 per week extension has been agreed, meaning that should Gomez push for a bigger than expected wage package, the move could be thrown into jeopardy.
Back up front, Spurs are in the market for a new striker, with Andres Villas-Boas acknowledging the need for improved firepower up front. At present the north London side have only England international Jermain Defoe and Togolese Emmanuel Adebayor. And the latter has been disappointing since his full transfer from Manchester City last summer.