Tottenham Hotspur are thought to have turned down the chance of signing Edin Dzeko this summer, according to a claim by Football Insider.
They state that Spurs do not feel a deal for the prolific AS Roma forward would represent good value for money and have opted against pursuing his signature.
And, we would have to agree with the decision that the club are believed to have taken.
It would be hard to argue against the idea that the Bosnia international would be anything but a superb super-sub for us and an ideal cover option for Harry Kane, should our talisman have to spend any more time on the sidelines.
But would he be prepared to sit on the bench as often as he did for Manchester City all those years ago and wait for his chance? It would be hard to imagine he would.
Despite being hugely prolific wherever he seems to play – 260 goals in 556 matches across his career (Transfermarkt) – Dzeko is reaching the final stages of his career and paying around £18million for him (Football Insider) would have to be considered as a rather big waste of money.
A deal for Dzeko would also have to be considered one that is rather short-sighted if it were to have happened.
The striker is 33-years-old and is hardly a spring chicken anymore. We should be looking to invest in the next greatest talent that Mauricio Pochettino can nurture and turn into the superstar that we all know the Argentine’s magic can make happen.
We have tried the old and tested route of finding a veteran to provide cover and back-up. Just look at Fernando Llorente. We splashed out a reported £15m (Goal) on him back in the summer of 2017 and although he had his moments, it was not a deal that provided us with a huge share of the spoils.
Spurs are right to turn down the chance to sign Dzeko this summer and should instead be looking to build the team for the long-term future, not just try and achieve potential short-term gains.