FC Twente striker Bryan Ruiz has revealed Tottenham have approached his agent regarding the possibility of a transfer.
Spurs boss Harry Redknapp has become increasingly frustrated with his side’s search for a new striker, after Peter Crouch, Jermain Defoe and Roman Pavlyuchenko all failed to record the number of goals expected of an international forward.
Ruiz played an integral part of Twente’s title success in 2010, and now it appears that the 25-year-old has attracted the interest of the North London side, having faced them in the group stages of the Champions League last season. The Costa Rica international has a release clause of €15 million.
"They have approached my agent,” Ruiz told NUsport, “but I have yet to really discuss the interest with him.
“I was told about Spurs' interest two days ago [Friday]. Spurs are a great club and I'd be honoured to play alongside Rafael van der Vaart.
“I'd say that the chance that I'll leave Twente is 50 per cent.”
Having missed out on Champions League football, Redknapp and chairman Daniel Levy have pursued the likes Giuseppe Rossi, Fernando Llorente and Porto striker Radamel Falcao in a bid to fire Spurs back into the top four, and secure another season at the top table of European football.
The club thought they had finally found their man in the shape of Mirko Vucinic, but the Montenegrin headed to Juventus, despite Tottenham’s confidence that a move to White Hart Lane was set to be concluded.