Tottenham Hotspur have called upon the services of an intermediary to help them sign Krzysztof Piatek, but could move for a former striker instead.
Spurs are in need of cover for Harry Kane in attack, after the England captain was ruled out until April with injury.
AC Milan forward Piatek is understood to be among their top targets, although recent reports that he had agreed to join up with them this weekend proved to be premature.
That does not mean the chase is over for the Polish international, though, as Gazzetta Dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira reveals that Spurs are ready to open new tracks to pursue him.
Schira claims that Tottenham have approached intermediary Frank Trimboli to help them negotiate with Milan over the future of Piatek.
— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) January 12, 2020
Aston Villa are also said to be in the market for Piatek, with star striker Wesley ruled out for the rest of the season and manager Dean Smith admitting that they were looking to bring new players in during the January transfer window.
It is believed that Milan will only sanction a permanent exit for Piatek this winter, hoping to recoup around €30m for the man they signed from Genoa 12 months ago.
Other reports suggest Spurs could look to the loan market to fill their striker void instead – and a familiar face has appeared among the gossip.
Gazzetta Dello Sport also claim that Tottenham are exploring the option of re-signing Fernando Llorente on loan from Napoli until the end of the season.
Llorente left Spurs as a free agent this summer, but has started just three times for Napoli, and may be offered the chance to head back to the Premier League just six months on.
The 34-year-old has found little room in the plans of new coach Gennaro Gattuso, meaning he could be moved elsewhere while the former AC Milan boss gets to know his squad.
Last season, he only scored once in the Premier League for Spurs when serving as Kane’s deputy, but made important contributions in their run to the Champions League final, including the decisive goal in the second leg of their quarter-final with Manchester City.