Tottenham are clearly in the market for a new centre-forward who cannot only play as a backup to Harry Kane but can also lead the line on his own when necessary. The club are sensing the need for two high-quality centre-forwards in order to handle the rigours of fighting on all four fronts next season. Tottenham need to win a major trophy in order to remain attractive in the eyes of the players, as Champions League qualification alone is not sufficient. Vincent Janssen failed to take off in England and Harry Kane had to shoulder the responsibility of carrying the team throughout the whole campaign.
Tottenham have been linked with a move for Atletico Madrid forward Kevin Gameiro for some time now. And now footballing betting agency BetVictor have installed Spurs as the favourites to sign the Frenchman. The Spanish outfit may be set for a wholesale change the forward line up with Antoine Griezmann linked with a move to Manchester United. Gameiro has been a vital player for Atletico over the course of the campaign, as he chipped in with 12 league goals and 5 assists from 31 appearances in the La Liga. Crucially, only 21 of those games were from the start, as Gameiro largely had to settle for a place on the bench. This attribute seems to have increased Tottenham’s attention on the player.
Any player would not be ready to join a club as a second choice player, but it appears that Gameiro has no issues with such a role as long as he has his fair share of opportunities. Gameiro ended up making 46 appearances in all competitions, and he is ready to accept a similar role at Tottenham. BetVictor and other bookmakers have made Tottenham as the likely destination for Gameiro should he depart the Spanish outfit in the next couple of weeks.
At 30 years of age, he provides experience and he’d also remain at the top of the game for at least the next couple of years. He has been one of the most consistent players in the Spanish league over the last couple of years. He came to La Liga from Paris St. Germain in the summer of 2013 when he signed for Sevilla. His transfer to Atletico came only last summer when the club paid €32million (£27.7million) for the then-29-year-old. Atletico may not recoup much of this transfer fee, but the club are keen on making space for Alexandre Lacazette, who is a widely expected to seal a move to the Colchoneros from French side Olympique Lyon.