Tottenham Hotspur have turned their attention to Serie B striker Simy in their hunt for an attacking reinforcement, according to reports.
The centre-forward position is an area of concern for Tottenham ahead of the new season. They are bracing themselves for bids for star man Harry Kane, who they remain insistent on keeping. Even if he stays, though, they will need more competition for the England captain up front.
Last season, they had Carlos Vinicius on loan from Benfica. He did well in cup competitions, but only managed one Premier League goal, so has returned to his parent club. Spurs are now on the hunt for further depth alongside Kane.
There have been suggestions that new coach Nuno Espirito Santo may want to play a system with two strikers. With that in mind, they have been linked with Southampton star Danny Ings. Despite him only having one year on his contract, though, he may be hard to prise away.
Thus, Tottenham are considering all their options and a new name has emerged onto their radar. According to Corriere Dello Sport, following similar reports from the Daily Telegraph, they are considering a move for Crotone hitman Simy.
The 29-year-old plundered in 20 Serie A goals for his club last season, but that alone was not enough to save them from relegation. Having become Crotone’s all-time record scorer in the process, though, Simy may now be considering his future.
The towering Nigeria international has shown he is capable of performing in a top-flight league. Whether he can make the step up to someone of Tottenham’s level remains to be seen, but with consecutive seasons with more than 20 goals under his belt, he may be worth a gamble.
Despite being a second-tier club now, Crotone will hold out for a decent fee for their striker. They want at least €10m to sanction his sale.
Newly promoted Serie A side Salernitana are also interested in him, but so too could be Tottenham – potentially prompting one of the more unique transfer battles of the summer.
Vlahovic the dream Tottenham target
Simy would be a cheaper option for Tottenham in comparison to one of their main targets, Dusan Vlahovic.
The 21-year-old attacker is widely regarded as one the best young forwards in European football. He has the sort of game that could comfortably transfer over to the Premier League.
A report in the Daily Telegraph stated that Fabio Paratici wants to bring in Vlahovic to add to Tottenham’s attacking options, and not as a replacement for wantaway talisman Kane.
The Serbian would not come cheap, however; Fiorentina want at least £40m for one of their top stars.
Vlahovic scored an impressive 21 goals in 37 league appearances last season as his side finished a disappointing 13th in Serie A.
And the report adds that Spurs are keen to get him on board, before other clubs realise his true potential and a bidding war begins.
A front three of Kane, Son and Vlahovic would certainly spark fear into Premier League defences.