Depending on who you ask, Tottenham either are or aren’t interested in signing Manchester United and Mexico striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez. Daily Mirror reported earlier this week that Mauricio Pochettino’s side were exploring the possibility of adding the 27-year-old scorer as a replacement for Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.
But the Argentine coach shot down that report Thursday, reducing the speculation to mere “rumors.”
"There is nothing concrete,” Pochettino said of a potential bid for Hernandez according to Express. “He is a Manchester United player and logically a lot of names are getting suggested for Tottenham and Javier is just one more."
There’s a good chance Pochettino is being truthful, but it’s quite clear his side is in need of more attacking with Adebayor expected to join Aston Villa shortly and Soldado eyeing a move back to La Liga with Villarreal.
Hernandez, who spent last season on loan with Real Madrid, hasn’t played in United’s preseason matches due to injury and Mexico commitments. But he could greatly aide a Spurs attack in need of more scoring if it intends to compete for a top-four position in the Premier League.
Last season, Spurs netted 58 total goals and allowed 53, a poor differential that Pochettino addressed by snagging defenders Toby Alderweireld from Atletico Madrid, Kieran Trippier from Burnley, and Kevin Wimmer from Cologne.
Yet Pochettino knows full well that rising superstar striker Harry Kane needs a running mate, and Hernandez has the requisite experience in the Premier League and the considerable abilities to serve in that role. He netted seven goals in 23 appearances for Madrid last term -- an overall excellent performance given the Real Madrid talent pool. Hernandez also provided United with an impressive 37 goals over 102 appearances.
But if Pochettino isn’t chasing Hernandez, then the speculation surrounding Liverpool striker Rickie Lambert should intensify. The Times reports Tottenham are attempting to “hijack” West Brom’s bid for the 33-year-old former Southampton star who only went to Merseyside a year ago.
Lambert was part of a new contingent that was supposed to make up for the loss of Luis Suarez, with Mario Balotelli and Lazar Markovic also in that group, but he only managed two goals in 25 appearances.
Spurs will have to move quickly as The Guardian reports West Brom is expected to close its deal for Lambert in the next few days. However, the two sides are still working on a fee, and Tottenham could better West Brom’s bid and hope for Lambert., who netted 106 goals in 207 appearances with Southampton from 2009 to 2014.
Pochettino could opt for a younger talent and take advantage of growing dissent at Goodison Park by landing Everton defensive midfielder James McCarthy, who has been a reported Spurs target for more than a few weeks. According to Daily Mirror, the 24-year-old is unhappy with this contract, and believes Everton officials haven’t lived up to promises to rework his current deal.
The Ireland international is intrigued by moving to White Hart Lane, and could fill a considerable hole left by the transfers of Benjamin Stambouli, Paulinho, and Etienne Capoue, Daily Mirror points out. But McCarthy’s current market value sits a little under £12 million, a hefty fee for a club that may be hesitant to spend on a defensive midfielder.