GOMES LINKED WITH SPURS MOVE
By Peter O`Rourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Portuguese star, who came to prominence during Euro 2000 with some impressive performances, has failed to settle at Artemio Franchi and has been continually linked with a move away from Florence.
Paris Saint Germain and Greek champions Olympiakos have both linked with the former Benfica man, but as yet no move has materialized.
Fiorentina played Spurs on Wednesday night in a testimonial for former manager Bill Nicholson and according to reports in Italy, the White Hart Lane outfit have asked about the availability of Gomes.
Tottenham already have vast options up front with Teddy Sheringham arriving at the club over the summer and they have Sergei Rebrov, Les Ferdinand and Chris Armstrong fighting for places in the side so it would be a surprise to see them adding another striker to the squad.
Liverpool have also been linked with the Portuguese star, but any move seems unlikely as Reds boss Gerard Houllier already has his quota of strikers at the club in Michael Owen, Robbie Fowler, Emile Heskey and Jari Litmanen and he has just bought young Czech star Milan Baros for next season.
The 25-year-old ace had recently indicated that he would be prepared to stay at Viola and fight to prove his worth, but the financially troubled club would be prepared to offload him to bring in much needed funds.
Fiorentina would be keen to recoup much of the £12 million they paid Benfica last summer to land him, but would probably accept a figure a little less than that to get him off the club's crippling wage bill.