Mourinho gives mixed messages as Tottenham striker hunt continues

Date published: Friday 31st January 2020 1:44 - Robert McCarthy

Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho does not expect to make any more signings before the transfer deadline, but has not ruled it out.

Spurs have signed Steven Bergwijn from PSV Eindhoven in a £27million deal and parted with £27.2 million to make Giovani Lo Celso a permanent addition.

Christian Eriksen left the north London side for Inter Milan while Spurs have an option to sign Gedson Fernandes permanently when his loan ends.

“I am not expecting (more signings),” Mourinho said. “The market is open so anything can happen but I am not expecting anything to happen. I am happy.”

The Portuguese would not say no to a new striker, however.

“It would be better with a striker, yes we would need a striker to have a balanced squad to face the great challenges we have in front of us in three different competitions,” Mourinho added.

“If it’s not possible it is not possible. We are all together for this in the club.”

Real Sociedad frontman Willian Jose and Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud now appear to be the only options available to Spurs, as they look for a central attacker to replace Harry Kane.

However, if a deal fails to be finalised then Lucas Moura and Son Heung-Min will continue to split striking duties, with new boy Bergwijn more activate from out wide or in a No.10 role.

Meanwhile, Celtic are ready to launch a transfer deadline day swoop for Victor Wanyama after learning Tottenham will allow their unwanted midfielder to leave the club for a relatively-modest loan fee.

Wanyama, who moved to Spurs from Southampton in 2016, has fallen down the pecking order in North London under both former boss Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho.

Having made 47 appearances – including 36 in the Premier League – in his first season, the Kenya international has made only four outings this term, two of those in the top flight.

Wanyama has been linked with a move back north of the border to Celtic in recent months due to his lack of game time, although reports on Thursday suggested two new suitors in French outfit Rennes and Serie A side Fiorentina had both entered the race to sign the player.

However, Wanyama is said to more inclined to return to his former club Celtic and their hopes of re-signing the 28-year-old have been given a significant lift. Read more…


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