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Samuel Eto'o? Sure, why not.

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Jamie McDonald

Tottenham Hotspur could make a move for Chelsea striker Samuel Eto'oif Metro is to be believed. If you're a regular reader of this blog, you probably don't believe transfer rumors printed in Metro, but let's roll with this anyway.

If Tottenham Hotspur believe that Harry Kane is a future star and would like to offload the hefty contract of one of Emmanuel Adebayor or Roberto Soldado, it stands to reason that they'd like to bring in a slightly less expensive veteran striker as a replacement. Eto'o would fit the bill, and he's almost certainly leaving Chelsea.

However, there's an important quote in Eto'o's Jose Mourinho burn book reading.

"Some believe I am going to retire in the United States or in the Middle East, but I have regained the joy of the Champions League and I am going to carry on playing in the Champions League."

I need to do some math real quick. Multiply the table position ... coefficients ... carry the two ... oh, crap. Tottenham Hotspur are not in Champions League.

Eto'o is going to have to make some sort of compromise if he wants to stay in Europe, though. Chelsea picked him up because they needed a striker pretty badly and were paid to take him from Anzhi, but there aren't a lot of clubs like Chelsea that want Eto'o. He'd either have to go to a club that pays good wages and isn't in Champions League -- like Spurs -- or take a pay cut to go to a Champions League club that doesn't have a striker superior to him.

I'm not buying this at all, but it's not totally outside the realm of possibility.