Tottenham Hotspur are preparing a bid for Arsenal’s misfiring forward Marouane Chamakh, reports suggest, as Andre Villas-Boas desperately seeks to bring in at least one more forward to White Hart Lane.
Jermain Defoe, who scored in Spurs’ 2-1 loss to Newcastle United Saturday evening, is currently the only established striker at the club, and Villas-Boas has so far seen his efforts to bring in other strikers fail, with less than two weeks of the summer transfer window remaining.
The Daily Mail report that the Portuguese manager will turn to the Moroccan international Chamakh, who was left out of Arsenal’s squad completely for their opening 0-0 draw with Sunderland on Saturday. The former Bordeaux striker scored just a solitary goal for the Gunners last term, which has seen him fall drastically out of favour at the club. A loan move away from the Emirates, with Fiorentina, Blackburn and Everton previously touted as possible destinations, has so far failed to materialise.
Andre Villas-Boas has seen his efforts to bolster his striking options fail thus far. The club’s persistent chase of Manchester City’s Emmanuel Adebayor has yet to be resolved, as the clubs and the forward’s representatives repeatedly fail to agree on a fee. Adebayor is reportedly holding out for a staggering signing on bonus, in addition of Manchester City continuing to pay a portion of his wage following his departure, a scenario neither club are particularly keen on.
The Portuguese manager also had hopes of luring Brazilian forward Leandro Damiao to White Hart Lane, but his club Internacional have no intention of selling the powerful striker, unless his reported transfer release clause of £47 million is met in full.