Tottenham have identified three targets as they look to reinforce their attack, according to a report.
Harry Kane remains the only out-and-out centre-forward in Tottenham’s squad, with Jose Mourinho well aware of how they might struggle without him.
Son Heung-Min has been able to fill in up front on occasion, but Tottenham are now looking for a more natural centre-forward to provide competition for Kane.
According to Football London, three options are on their radar. Spurs’ shortlist comprises of Patson Daka, Habib Diallo and Arkadiusz Milik.
Zambian striker Daka enjoyed a prolific 2019-20 campaign, scoring 27 goals in 45 appearances for RB Salzburg. His form has seen him become a target for the likes of Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United.
It was the Premier League champions who were suggested as favourites towards the start of the month. But Spurs could pose a threat to their efforts to sign him.
According to the report, Tottenham admire Daka for his pace and forward-thinking movement, which would complement their counter-attacking approach.
And while several strikers may be reluctant to join Spurs knowing they would be second-choice behind Kane, Daka’s versatility means he could avoid such problems, as he can also play out wide when needed.
The second player on Tottenham’s wishlist is Habib Diallo, who found the net 12 times in 27 games for Metz in Ligue 1 last season.
Diallo has the strong character Mourinho is looking for, having worn the captain’s armband on several occasions at Metz.
At 25, the Senegal international is entering his prime years. Furthermore, he would be open to joining Tottenham. Reports last month even suggested Diallo’s preference this year would be to move to Tottenham.
A third option for Spurs, though, is Napoli’s Milik. The Polish striker is out of contract next summer, but Napoli are still demanding a high price.
Milik also commands the highest wages of the trio, which could be a problem. Furthermore, his agent has admitted he would be unlikely to move somewhere to be a backup.
Spurs backed out of deals for duo
The report adds that it was the price tags of Ollie Watkins and Callum Wilson that put Spurs off pursuing deals for those two targets.
Tottenham had been considering moves for both players, but Watkins went from Brentford to Aston Villa and Wilson from Bournemouth to Newcastle instead.
As per the report, Tottenham were concerned about Wilson’s injury record in recent years. Therefore, they didn’t feel like £20m was a fair price.
As for Watkins, they never turned their interest into a bid after deciding the £28m asking price was too much for a player with no Premier League experience.