Well, this isn't actually a rumor. Thanks to the wonders of twitter, a service that Jamie Redknapp just joined recently, Tottenham Hotspur have made a £27m bid for Villarreal and Italy striker Giuseppe Rossi, which was rejected. Don't believe me? Well I gots the proof, BOOM.
My personal thoughts about monies and tactics after the jump.
Rossi is an excellent player and I'd be happy to have him on the team, but I don't understand this move at all. Obviously, we're very much married to having Rafael van der Vaart in the starting lineup when he is healthy. I think we all agree that his best position is as a No. 10, playing behind a complete striker. While Rossi is a fantastic player, he is not a lead the line No. 9 capable of playing on his own up top, especially in the English Premier League.
Also, that price is high. I feel like we could get Fernando Llorente, Lisandro Lopez, or Lucas Barrios for the same price or less money. While I'm not sure any of the three would be interested in joining Spurs, all three would likely be better values and all three would fit our system and personnel better. I'm all for making Rossi a Spurs player, but not for more than £27m and not as a player who plays inside of a 4-2-3-1/4-4-1-1.