Tottenham have got the ball rolling on the groundwork in their hunt for Democratic Republic of Congo striker Cadric Bakambu just months after his record breaking move to Beijing Guoan, according to L’est Republicain.
The French publication claim that the Lilywhites have begun their initial work to secure the 27-year-old’s signing after he made what was reported by the BBC as a record breaking switch for an African player back in January of this year, moving from Villareal to the Chinese Super League side.
L’est Republicain report that Bakumbu cost the Chinese side a figure of around £64million (€74million), and has hit the ground running with 19 goals for his new side during the current Chinese season, which kicked off in March.
Good move for Tottenham?
Not at the price tag that the Chinese side paid for him, that much is certain.
Bakambu might have been dazzling in China but the top flight there is like chalk compared to the cheese of the Premier League.
The quality and talent required to be a success in the English top division is lightyears apart from most lesser leagues and quite frankly, spending that much on anyone who is not a proven quantity in England is a gamble which will likely end in tears.
Is he going to be a direct competitor to Harry Kane? Probably not, and unless Spurs can find someone who could potentially hit the heights their homegrown hero has, they are going to avoid splashing out big on a striker.
Yes, Spurs need backup for the English hitman, but Bakambu, with his big money price tag, is not the answer.
This is Futbol rating: 3/10
Likely to happen?
The report says that work has already begun on Spurs launching a move, and while there is no smoke without fire, such claims should be taken with a pinch of salt.
He might well be angling for a move back to Europe and the Premier League would represent a new challenge – not to mention keeping him on wages comparable to what he will be on in China, but Spurs just is not the right fit for him.
Daniel Levy is never going to sanction such a move unless it was for a cut price, and so Tottenham supporters best not hold their breath.
This is Futbol rating: 2/10