Andre Villas-Boas ready to test Porto’s resolve with £25million transfer bid for striker Jackson Martinez
Spurs target: Jackson Martinez has been big hit for Porto
Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas is stepping up his pursuit of Porto’s highly-rated Colombian forward Jackson Martinez.
Spurs are hoping to add at least two strikers to their squad during the summer and have identified Martinez and Barcelona’s David Villa as their top targets.
Reports in Portugal suggest that the Londoners have already tabled a bid thought to be in the region of £25million for Martinez, who enjoyed a sensational first season in Portugal – scoring 26 goals in 27 appearances.
The 26-year-old, who is tied to Porto until 2016, is thought to have a release clause in his contract of around £35million but Villas-Boas is hopeful of persuading his former club to part with their man for less.
With the on-going speculation linking Gareth Bale with a move to Spanish giants Real Madrid refusing to go away, the Tottenham manager is determined to show the Welsh winger that he can fulfil his ambitions in north London.
The signings of Martinez and Villa would be a clear indication that Spurs are determined to go one better than their fifth place finish last season and qualify for the Champions League.