Andrea Villas-Boas Keen on Striking Duo

Tottenham’s search for a new striker could see them move for Seville striker Alvaro Negredo and Benfica striker Oscar Cardozo.

Andrea Villas-Boas has no secret of his desire to strengthen his forward line after watching Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe score 16 Premier League goals in total last season.

Spurs have been linked with a host of Europe and South American’s top talents with Christian Benteke and Leandro Damiao the club’s top priorities.

Recent reports have suggested that a deal for long-term target 23 year old Damiao is still to be completed while a deal for Aston Villa striker Benteke is still a long way from even materialising.

That has forced Villas-Boas to look at alternatives with Negredo and Cardozo now entering the fray.

Negredo looks set to leave Seville this summer after telling the La Liga side of his desire to play at a higher level. The 27 year old is keen to play with a club in the Champions League believed to his preference, a decision that has already hampered a West Ham United bid for the player although Seville rejected their offer of €17 million euro.

While Spurs would be able to offer European football, they cannot offer Champions League football and that could prevent a move from materialising.

Arsenal, Manchester United and Napoli are also keen on the player and with the trio able to offer top level European football Negredo could be tempted however a move could be complicated with the 14 times capped Spanish International not the first choice for any of the clubs.

While Spurs may be keen to broker a deal they may need to be patience in their pursuit of the former Real Madrid star as he weighs up his options.

Paraguay international Cardozo meanwhile is being tipped to leave Portugal this summer after a dramatic end to successful 6 years with Benfica.

Cardozo scored 31 goals in 46 games last season however his efforts proved to be in vain as Benfica failed miserably on three fronts finishing runners up in the league before losing the Europa and Portuguese cup finals.

His frustration at missing out on a trio of winner’s medals boiled over during the domestic cup final when the striker pushed his boss, Jorge Jesus a move which could force his exit.

Despite Benfica’s claims that they not want to part with the striker, a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce has already collapsed due to Benfica’s asking price, believed to £14.5 million.

That has now alerted a number of English clubs with Spurs now joining Chelsea and Liverpool expressing an interest in the 30 year old.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.