Tottenham Transfers: Why Signing David Villa Would Be a Great Idea for Spurs

Frank Wagner@Fw1812Correspondent IMay 17, 2013

BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 17:  David Villa of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Rayo Vallecano at Camp Nou on March 17, 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)
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According to reports from the Metro, Tottenham look set to make an offer for Barcelona striker David Villa this summer.

Over the past few transfer windows, Spurs has been on the search for the perfect striker to fit in with manager Andre Villas-Boas' system.

After the club failed to sign Internacional's Leandro Damiao with bids both last summer and in January, Tottenham's strike force of Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor struggled mightily this season.

As a result, Spurs' most obvious need in this upcoming transfer season is at the striker position.

Villa would be a good step toward shoring up this hole in the squad.

Just a few years ago, David Villa was one of the top strikers in the world.

The Spaniard came up huge in his nation's World Cup-winning campaign, scoring five goals to finish the tournament as joint-top scorer.

The season following that tournament, Villa joined FC Barcelona and had a fine season, scoring 23 goals in helping the Blaugrana to the Champions League title.

However, Villa suffered a major setback the next season when he broke his leg playing for Barca at the Club World Cup and missed almost a year of action.

When he returned this season, Villa struggled to find the form he had before his injury.

As a result, the striker finds himself on the outs at Barca, a club whose high expectations don't exactly breed patience.

While signing a 31-year-old striker who has had recent injury problems could seem like a risk for Spurs, David Villa's rate of 15 goals in 37 matches this season would still put him at the top of Spurs' strikers.

Still, if Villa were to be Tottenham's only signing at striker this summer, this would be a very big gamble for the club.

However, should Andre Villas-Boas be able to lure one or more two strikers to the club along with David Villa, this would be a great pickup.

After all, the chance that Villa returns to his old form is enough to make this signing worthwhile and exciting at White Hart Lane.