Tottenham target Barcelona star David Villa and Porto striker Jackson Martinez as Andre Villas-Boas looks to splash out £45m

Andre Villas-Boas wants to bring in two strikers over the summer

Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas plans to sign two strikers this summer in an attempt to turn the club into title challengers.

Villas-Boas wants to launch an ambitious attempt to sign Porto's 26-year-old Colombian striker Jackson Martinez as well as Barcelona’s David Villa. Spurs spent the majority of last season with Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor as their only senior strikers.

Talks with Barcelona over a £12million deal for Villa are believed to be at an advanced stage, according to the London Evening Standard, but it is Villas-Boas’s interest in Martinez which should excite Spurs fans.

With the club wary of another frustrating transfer window pursuing long-term target Brazil striker Leandro Damiao at Internacional, the Tottenham coach has put forward Martinez’s name as an alternative.

The Colombian finished the season as the Portuguese League’s top scorer with 26 goals and was key behind Villas-Boas’s old club beating Benfica to the title.

Porto signed him from Mexican side Jaguares de Chiapas for just over £7m last summer and he is already a target for a number of Europe’s top clubs.

Villas-Boas is continuing to push for big names to help turn the club into not only top four contenders but also title challengers.

He has already suggested Zenit St Petersburg star Hulk, the player he worked with for one productive year during his time as Porto coach, and has now optimistically mentioned Martinez’s name, too.

The transfer will certainly be difficult for Tottenham, who were frustrated in negotiations with Porto last season over Joao Moutinho.

James Rodriguez and Moutinho have just been sold to Monaco for £60m and Porto will not want to lose any more prize assets.

They value Martinez at an eye-watering £33.4m but that hasn’t put Villas-Boas off from putting his name on his wish-list.

Spurs are keen to strengthen the frontline and want to make room by potentially selling both Emmanuel Adebayor and Jermain Defoe. Hopes of luring Christian Benteke appear to have faded, however.

Aston Villa are keen to get him to sign a new contract but Arsenal and Champions League finalists Borussia Dortmund are ahead of them in the pecking order should he leave Villa Park after just one season in the Premier League.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
News
peopleMathematician John Nash inspired the film Beautiful Mind
News
Richard Blair is concerned the trenches are falling into disrepair
newsGeorge Orwell's son wants to save war site that inspired book
Life and Style
Audrey Hepburn with Hubert De Givenchy, whose well-cut black tuxedo is a 'timeless look'
fashionIt may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
Arts and Entertainment
The pair in their heyday in 1967
music
Life and Style
fashionFrom bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine