Tottenham consider change of tactic in hunt for Marseille star

With a cash deal appearing to prove too high a risk in their chase of the star, it’s thought that Tottenham may offer a makeweight in the deal to sign Marseille forward, Loic Remy.

The player in question could be one of two fringe players from White Hart Lane, depending on who Marseille would rather bring in as well as how much Spurs are willing to spend.

Roman Pavlyuchenko could be seen as the more likely swap for Remy, playing in a similar position as well as being a more valuable asset, while Niko Kranjcar is arguably of less value to the London team.

Harry Redknapp stated last month that his side could be preparing a ‘major signing’ over January, in their bid to become one of the Premier League’s constants in the Champions League.

The side have come on in leaps and bounds over recent seasons and it’s suspected that Daniel Levy sees now as the time to invest further.

Remy has been associated with a move to the North London side for the past month or so and carries a reported value of £20m.

Depending on which player is included in the deal, this would see Spurs paying around either £12m or £15m if Pavlyuchenko or Kranjcar are offered, respectively.

Both players have found their playing time limited this season, making just eleven Premier League appearances between them.

Pavlyuchenko has also been linked with a move back to his native Russia, and it seems highly likely that the striker will leave White Hart Lane in 2012.

Kranjcar is experiencing a similar lack of playing time in North London, and while the Croatian has 18 months left to run on his Tottenham deal, he may be offloaded in an effort to finance other deals.

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