Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has reiterated his desire to add a new striker to his new club’s ranks, with Manchester City forward Emmanuel Adebayor and Roma attacker Marco Borriello in their sights.
Togo international Adebayor spent last season on loan at White Hart Lane, notching 17 goals in 33 Premier League appearances, and has spoken publicly of his desire to make the move permanent – however, the move has stalled somewhat over the 28-year-old’s wage demands despite Spurs remaining confident of his signature.
Jermain Defoe is currently the club's only recognised striker, following Adebayor's return to the Etihad Stadium and Roman Pavlychenko's transfer to Lokomotiv Moscow in January, but Goal.com exclusively revealed on Tuesday that Tottenham have bid to take Borriello on loan for the season.
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Speaking in the aftermath of Spurs' 1-1 pre-season draw with LA Galaxy, Villas-Boas told reporters: "We are always looking for one more striker since it's a position that we're looking to strengthen.
"I think taking three strikers into a Premiership season is more than enough. Sometimes it's not, but hopefully it is. We're trying to bring somebody else in."
One player who seems destined for the Tottenham exit door is midfielder Steven Pienaar, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Goodison Park, with Everton now keen to recapture the South African on a permanent basis.
And the 34-year-old has confirmed that negotiations are underway with the Toffees, with a move seemingly imminent.
"There's ongoing talks with Everton, but we are waiting and see. He's a player also that played very very well for Everton, played so well that Everton are willing to come in for him," Villas-Boas explained.
"But at the moment is as it stands Steven is a Tottenham player still. He's not involved with us in the USA [tour]. We'll reassess when we get back to England."
A David Lopes equaliser cancelled out Gareth Bale’s opener as Spurs drew with Galaxy on Tuesday night but, more significantly, Rafael van der Vaart and Kyle Walker had to withdraw through injury during the game.
However, Villas-Boas has moved to allay fears of long-term damage to the pair, stating his confidence that both will return to action with a matter of days.
He asserted: "I think we are looking for three or four days for both, hopefully.
"Reassessment is always important and I wouldn't like to extend myself without the full knowledge of both injuries.
"Van der Vaart felt during the week tight in his abductor and Kyle twisted slightly his ankle. Both three or four [days] they should be back."