Spurs linked with Zarate
Tottenham reportedly targeting Lazio striker
By Simone Bargellini. Last Updated: September 14, 2010 5:21pm
Zarate: Linked with Spurs
Tottenham have set their sights on signing Lazio striker Mauro Zarate in the January transfer window, according to Fifa agent Jose Alberti.
The 23-year-old Argentine, who arrived at Stadio Olimpico last year, has been linked with a move away from the Serie A club.
And Alberti claims Spurs are preparing a €25million (£20.9m) bid for the forward.
"Personally, I know that Tottenham would still be willing to take the player," Alberti told lalaziosiamonoi.it.
"About a month ago, I spoke with someone who is a worth a lot at the club, who assured me that Spurs had an offer of about 25 millions euros ready for Zarate."
Alberti claimed that Spartak Moscow have also expressed an interest in Zarate, but admits a move to Russia is unlikely.
"Even Russia want him," added Alberti. "Spartak Moscow asked me about him, but Mauro would hardly accept that destination."
Alberti feels a switch to Real Madrid could also be on the cards, but insists the striker is in no hurry to leave and is enjoying his time at the Italian club.
"If he leaves Rome, he could consider Spain and he should go immediately to Real," said Alberti.
"However, speaking with Mauro a few weeks ago, he told me that he came to Italy to play with Lazio. He is a fan of Lazio and has no intentions of leaving as yet."
He added: "(However) there are some situations that could indicate a future far from Lazio for Zarate."