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.
You may have heard that Tottenham Hotspur need a striker. It's because they need a striker.
Emmanuel Adebayor is great, but only at times. Roberto Soldado looks out of favor and, after last season, it's no wonder why. Harry Kane may be a brilliant prospect, but putting the attack on him now is a bit much. So what should Spurs do?
Sign Jackson Martinez.
The Colombian is a brilliant striker, fast and strong, capable of playing with both feet and a tremendous finisher. He's scored 50 goals in 63 matches since signing for Porto and few doubt that he could get the job done in the Premier League, or anywhere really. He's just flat out good. But here's the thing with good strikers: they're expensive.
Jackson was on the transfer block earlier this summer, as Porto like to buy low and sell high, but instead they signed him to a new contract through 2017 so they can make their bank on him next summer. But he's a great player at the position Spurs need an upgrade with a release clause so please sign him?
Likelihood he's transferred today: Low.
Potential suitors: There doesn't appear to be much chance he goes anywhere. He signed a new contract through 2017 that should set him up for a transfer next summer.
Price if he's sold: £28 million.
Are Spurs the front-runners?: No, but that's because nobody is a front runner.
The verdict - Could he be a Spurs player on September 2?: No. Porto can make their profit on Jackson next summer, and it looks like they will do just that, but what if Spurs decide they want their great striker and are willing to pay £28 million to do it? It won't happen, but we can dream.