By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are eyeing a move for Atletico Madrid attacker Nico Gaitan, according to a report.
The Mirror claimed on their transfer news blog on Monday (20:06) that Spurs could move for the 28-year-old if he is made available.
It is understood that Gaitan would be keen on a move to get regular game time after struggling with the La Liga club.
The report details that Atletico are yet to give the green light on his departure, but he could be made available for loan this January.
Gaitan completed a move to the Spanish giants in the summer from Benfica and has made just 15 appearances this season, scoring three goals and supplying one assist.
The right winger has struggled to get into Diego Simeone’s starting line-up and has been restricted to a bit-part role.
He has failed to make a big impression in La Liga, but enjoyed a more prolific time in Portugal.
Gaitan made 252 appearances for his former club Benfica, scoring 41 goals and supplying 87 assists.
He is yet to play in the Premier League during his career, but appears to be desperate to experience regular first-team football and Spurs are considering him as an option.
Football Insider verdict:
Spurs should definitely move for Gaitan if he is made available in January. The north London club are desperately fighting for the Premier League title this season and could do with some more attacking reinforcements to help their bid. A loan deal would suit Spurs perfectly as they would be taking a risk-free approach. Gaitain would be linking up with fellow Argentinian’s Mauricio Pochettino and Erik Lamela at White Hart Lane, which could help his first experience of English football. Gaitan has proven his qualities in European football in recent seasons and would certainly add value to Spurs’ squad in January.
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