Tottenham may have found an early answer to their problems up front by lining up a summer move for Kevin Gameiro.
That’s reported in the Mirror, who claim that a deal could now be on as Atletico Madrid are willing to listen to offers for the forward.
Gameiro, who previously starred for Sevilla in their Europa League glory days, has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season.
The 29-year-old isn’t likely to cost any more than the £35million Atleti paid for him, and despite a recent hat-trick against Sporting Gijon, he has struggled to settle in Diego Simeone’s attack.
Atletico haven’t been the same force this season, and that’s partly because they have been finding a balance between the likes of Gameiro and star man Antoine Griezmann.
Griezmann could still make his colleague’s transfer away from the Vicente Claderon problematic. If the Manchester United target leaves himself – which could happen if the Red Devils activate his release clause – then Atleti may be reluctant to let his compatriot go.
It does seem strange that the club would listen to offers for Gameiro given that their transfer embargo will prevent them from replacing him.
Yet, this all bodes well for Spurs. Harry Kane hit another hat-trick in the 3-0 FA Cup win over Fulham on Sunday, but they are lacking any quality back-up options.
Mauricio Pochettino appears to have given up on Vincent Janssen after less than a season, the Dutchman having failed to score from open play since arriving from AZ Alkmaar.
Gameiro is at least proven in a top European league, and while he’s seven years older than Janssen, he could actually prove more of a long-term solution.