Mourinho hits out at UEFA as he gives insight into Tottenham striker search

Jose Mourinho TEAMtalk

Jose Mourinho claims he is confident that Tottenham will be able to bring in a new striker before the transfer window closes.

Spurs opted not to replace Fernando Llorente after releasing the veteran last summer, and failed to sign cover in January following Harry Kane’s injury.

While Kane eventually returned thanks to the delay in the season, Mourinho is well aware that he needs more options up front.

Recent reports suggested he had a three-man shortlist of targets to help rectify the problem, and the Portuguese tactician insists that the club know his wishes.

Speaking at his first pre-match press conference of the new seasion – ahead of their game against Everton on Sunday – Mourinho gave some insight into Spurs’ plans for the remainder of the transfer window.

He said: “Yes, I want, I need a striker, but I want to make it very, very clear that the club – the structure above me – knows that I need a striker and also wants a striker.

“Are we going to get one? I honestly believe so. For the balance of the squad, the team needs it because at this moment the squad is getting very balanced, with different options for different positions.

“Especially after the gift we had from the EFL and UEFA, that gives me after 20 years of football a unique experience of playing Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday for two consecutive weeks.

“We realise that more than ever we need that. So yes, we’re working on it. The other day Jurgen [Klopp] was saying that Liverpool is not a club of oligarchs and countries. We are the same.

“We cannot go to the market and spend a fortune on players. But we all, we all, I want to make that clear, are making hard to give good balance to the squad and that good balance would to get another striker to the team.

“We are working. Different people in the club in different areas. We try all together to find a solution that makes us all happy.

“Of course I have total confidence that it’s going to end in a positive way for the squad, we’re speaking in the end about our squad, our team, our club. Every one of us is working in different areas to try to find a solution.”

Mourinho responds to Rose speculation


Another potential piece of business at Tottenham before the window closes could be the departure of Danny Rose.

The left-back spent the second part of last season on loan at Newcastle, and has been linked with a fresh exit this summer – this time to Serie A.

And Mourinho says he would have no hard feelings if Rose left for more regular gametime elsewhere – noting that the Amazon Prime documentary about the club has brought to light how much the England international wants to play.

“If Genoa gets Danny Rose, I think they get a good player,” Mourinho added. “If they get a good player in the last year of his contract, I think they are in a privileged position to get a good deal for them.

“And if Danny goes there, I wish him all the best. It’s one of the things you could learn from Amazon is that Danny is the kind of guy who wants to play all the time. Some players are adapted to a squad with lots of quality where competition is higher.

“Other players are only happy when they play all the time. It’s very difficult for him to stay here with us when Ben Davies is such an important left-back, [Ryan] Sessegnon is an investment by the club that we want to improve.

“So it’s very difficult for Danny. If he goes to Serie A and Genoa I think it’ll be very good for him.

“I don’t know [if it will happen], I don’t belong to transfer market especially with players leaving the club. The club knows I’m more than happy with the players I have in the left-back position and happy for Danny to leave.”