More transfer news this morning! The Mirror is claiming that Spurs may be tracking Colombian striker Teofilo Guitierriez and that Mauricio Pochettino could make a January move for him. The report suggests that he could be had for around £6m.
It's hard to know what to make of this rumor. By all means this ticks all the right #batcountry boxes: it originated in The Mirror, there are no quotes, and it feels like one of those "emerged fully formed from the skull of Athena" kind of rumors. Also there's the whole "he's 29 and never played in Europe" thing.
Spurs obviously need to do something about the striker situation. Harry Kane is the future, but Roberto Soldado is still struggling to score and Emmanuel Adebayor's contract expires this summer. Gutierrez comported himself well with Colombia their World Cup campaign this past summer and is now tearing it up for River Plate in Argentina, scoring 10 goals in 11 games. But. He's 29. He's probably nothing more than a stop-gap measure, and it seems like there would be safer risks to take if you're going to take a risk on another striker who's never played in England. Also, while £6m doesn't seem like a lot, it's larger than any transfer Gutierrez has had in the whole of his career. I'm not sure it's a bargain.
There's not much here to hang your hat on, obviously. Gutierrez is obviously a decent striker – you don't start in the World Cup in replacement of an injured Radamel Falcao if you're crap – but this feels off. I wouldn't put too much stock in it.