Tottenham Hotspur might be making an error going after Cedric Bakambu.
Mauricio Pochettino is reported to be keen on signing the DR Congo international in January.
Bakambu is currently plying his trade in the Chinese Super League with Beijing Guoan, after transferring from Villarreal in February of this year.
He has been pretty prolific there, scoring 19 goals in 23 appearances.
That places him fifth in the goalscoring charts, and his club are fourth in the table.
As reported by L’Est Republican, Tottenham have ‘laid the groundwork’ for a move to happen ‘in the very near future’.
Bakambu has been coasting in a poor league
Signing Bakambu would certainly be a bit of a gamble from Tottenham.
The question must be asked: should this team that harbour hopes of Champions League qualification and domestic trophies be targeting someone who gave up a European top five league to go and play in China?
Bakambu, valued at £19.8 million by Transfermarkt, had a decent scoring record for Villarreal but his move to the Far East will not have aided his development.
The standard in the CSL is notoriously poor, and rarely do you ever hear of players coming back to Europe and succeeding after moving there. Paulinho is a notable name – he joined Barcelona for one season, before moving back to Guangzhou Evergrande on loan.
It would be a real risk for Tottenham, but perhaps it’s one worth taking.
Fernando Llorente hasn’t pulled up any trees and is ageing.
And Vincent Janssen’s move to north London just hasn’t worked out.
Harry Kane is having to do a lot of work, so perhaps this shock ‘target’ might just be worth a punt after all.