Harry Redknapp has urged Tottenham to dig deep in order to lure Giuseppe Rossi to White Hart Lane.
Redknapp confirmed that Spurs almost signed the Villarreal striker last summer and they were also linked with a January swoop for the former Manchester United man.
Barcelona have since lined up a move for the 24-year-old Italian after he finished the season with 32 goals in all competitions, only for it to fall through.
Spurs may now renew their interest in Rossi with Redknapp remaining a big fan of the American-born forward.
"Rossi's top drawer," he told Sky Sports News. "He's a clever player.
"He gets it into feet, he holds the ball up, he scores goals, and he's the Italy centre-forward now.
"We tried to get him last year and I think the fee was £18million. That looks cheap now but he was a player we nearly had last year."
It could now cost double that for Spurs to land Rossi as he signed a contract in January until 2016.
But Redknapp is hoping Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy is willing to sanction such a move.
"That's up to the club and Daniel and everybody," he added. "But if you're going to buy top players they cost top money - they're not going to be cheap.
"They cost top wages, they cost big transfer fees - you need miracles if they're going to picking up people for bargains, and they become worth mega money.
"It's difficult to do that because everybody's looking for top strikers. They are at a premium, they're difficult to find."