Barcelona have revealed they are interested in buying Tottenham striker Fredi Kanoute.

The La Liga leaders had been linked with Manchester City’s Nicolas Anelka, but have now switched their attention to Kanoute as they look to secure a replacement for the injured Henrik Larsson.

Sporting director Txiki Begiristain said: “Kanoute is an option for the technical staff and coach to study, but nothing has been determined.”

“Kanoute is a good player and has a European passport which is a point in his favour,” he told the Daily Star.

But Begiristain admitted: “We have still not spoken with Tottenham about him.”

Kanoute joined Tottenham from West Ham in August 2003 in a £3.5m deal.

Spurs boss Martin Jol, who this season, has juggled Kanoute with Jermain Defoe and Robbie Keane, indicated recently that he had no intention of selling any of his trio of strikers.

“I am very happy that I have three strikers of such quality,” said Jol.