This post is part of a deadline morning series on potential Tottenham transfers.You can find all of the posts in the series right here, as well as the initial post explaining this series right here.
Ever since they sold Dimitar Berbatov, Tottenham Hotspur needed a star striker. The Peter Crouch and Jermain Defoe were suitable, but hardly spectacular, while Emmanuel Adebayor never found the dominant form that Spurs hoped he would. It reached the point that it seemed like Daniel Levy would never shell out the cash necessary to sign a top flight striker ... and then came Roberto Soldado.
Spurs got their man just this summer and for a club record fee at that. Finally, they had solved their problem up front it seemed, but maybe not quite. With a handful of clubs interested in Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor still on the outs, Tottenham may need another striker to go along with Soldado.
Who might Spurs sign up front? There aren't any firm links between the club and strikers, but there are a few players who might fit the bill:
Javier Hernandez: Spurs have been loosely linked to the Manchester United man, who is fighting an uphill battle for playing time at Old Trafford. He would be a great signing for Tottenham, capable of playing in Soldado's stead or with the Spaniard when called for. His unique ability to somehow get free in front of goal and find the ball would be useful as an option off the bench and Spurs surely could have used him against Arsenal for that reason. Unfortunately, because he is good it is unlikely that Tottenham could sign him at a decent price for a second choice striker. Verdict: Would be phenomenal, but don't count on it.
Demba Ba: Jose Mourinho has absolutely no use for Ba, apparently and the striker will almost certainly leave Stamford Bridge, but Spurs are an unlikely landing spot. Tottenham are not on good terms with Chelsea and beyond the price or anything else that may or may not make this a good footballing move for the teams and player, the clubs just won't deal with each other. Verdict: Don't count on it.
Hulk: The Brazilian can play on the right wing or center forward, which happen to be the two positions Spurs filled with £30 million transfers each. Verdict: But he once played for AVB!
Kenwyne Jones: Stoke are hoping to sign another striker, which may make Jones expendable. It's been a while since Jones was much of a goalscorer, but he is a physical presence and is hardly the worst squad player. The player is unlikely to sign off on a deal because he is reportedly in search of more first team football than he's getting with the Potters, though. Verdict: The odds of this are somewhere between no and hell no.
Libor Kozak: The Czech international has been linked to Aston Villa and at £5 million, he seems a rather prudent buy, but that's only if you haven't watched him play. Simply put, he's tall and usually worthless. Kozak scored 10 goal last season, but none in the league, where he made 18 appearances. He's a mess with the ball at his feet and he's 24 years old now so he no longer qualifies as young and full of potential. Verdict: Please no.
Tim Matavz: He's big, skillful and he hasn't been challenged by the Eredivisie in quite some time, but PSV are unlikely to sell unless they get a monster bid and a monster bid for a backup is pretty ridiculous. Verdict: No, even if I want it so.
Aron Johannsson: Go America. Verdict: Bryan would be so full of rage.