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Tottenham Transfers: How Hard Should Tottenham Push for Mario Gomez?

GUANGZHOU, GUANGDONG - JULY 26:  Mario Gomez of Bayern Munich smiles during a friendly match against VfL Wolfsburg as part of the Audi Football Summit 2012 on July 26, 2012 at the Guangdong Olympic Sports Center in Guangzhou, China.  (Photo by Victor Fraile/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJune 9, 2013

Rumors have begun to swirl over the past few days (via the Mirror) linking Tottenham with striker Mario Gomez.

According to the Metro, Spurs are lining up a bid around £7 million for the Bayern Munich striker.

On the surface, the move looks like one that would benefit both parties.

For Gomez, the big German will have the promise of first-team football, as he fell to a bench option this season at Munich after the rise of Mario Mandzukic.

As for Tottenham, the club's striker woes have been well-documented.

After all, Spurs had just two experienced options up front this season, Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe, and those two had serious injury and form problems through the second half of the season.

Thus, Tottenham is looking to retool its front line, the proposed fee is reasonable and, according to his agent, Mario Gomez is looking for a change of club.

Seems like a perfect match if there ever was one.

However, a dilemma might arise if other clubs start joining the race for Gomez.

While Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is apparently happy to pay £7 million, it's unclear whether the bargain-hunting businessman will be happy to pay any more for the 27-year-old, who has been linked to such clubs as Serie A champions Juventus.

So, just how far should Tottenham chase Mario Gomez?

In terms of sheer numbers, Gomez should be target No. 1 for Tottenham.

Over the past three seasons, the German has netted 99 goals at Bayern Munich. In fact, Gomez experienced his lightest output this season with just 19 goals, yet still outscored Defoe and Adebayor.

Further, Gomez is a center-forward who has the potential to fit well into manager Andre Villas-Boas' preferred 4-3-3, with two wide forwards flanking him on the sides.

Hence, while there are some other good options on the market and on Spurs' radar, including Roberto Soldado (via Telegraph) and Leandro Damiao (via Express), Levy should be somewhat flexible with his offer.

Now, as Bayern hold little leverage due to Mario Gomez's transfer demands, the chairman should probably draw a cutoff that is lower than expected.

Allowing the price to drift to somewhere around double the original offer, though, could still allow Tottenham to land a much-needed striker for less than his potential production is worth.

Besides, after the debacle of the January transfer window, Daniel Levy would be smart to avidly pursue multiple striking options.

 

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