Tottenham could turn to Andrea Belotti to finally solve the age-old issue of signing a dependable back-up for Harry Kane, per a report.
Kane has already done enough to go down as a Tottenham and Premier League legend. The 28-year-old has been the focal point of Spurs’ attack since breaking into the first team on a regular basis in 2014.
Kane’s tally currently stands at 243 goals and 55 assists in 377 matches for his boyhood club.
It looked like Kane may finally depart in search of silverware last summer when Man City tested Daniel Levy’s resolve. The Spurs supremo stood firm, however, ensuring Kane’s legacy in north London would continue.
Man Utd could reportedly make their move for Kane in the upcoming summer. However, given the Red Devils have now gone five seasons without a trophy and might not have Champions League football to offer, Spurs will be confident of retaining their talisman.
Kane has been a virtual lock to start when fit. However, that has also presented a problem for the club’s recruitment team.
Attracting a reliable back-up has proven a tricky task given the purchased player will rarely feature if Kane remains fit.
The players the club have signed to fill the role – Vincent Janssen, Fernando Llorente and Carlos Vinicius – have all flopped.
Poor Belotti season sees back-up route emerge
The 28-year-old is poised to become a free agent this summer. He had been expected to attract the attention of some of Europe’s leading lights. However, he has mustered just four league goals in an injury-ravaged campaign.
The outlet states that will see Belotti have to temper his ambitions when he moves on, with a move to Tottenham to be Kane’s back-up one route he could explore.
Of course, he could try seeking a move to a club where he’ll be a regular. However, the report indicates he’d only attract the attention of mid-level clubs if being a guaranteed starter is non-negotiable.
Spurs are reportedly fans of Belotti with their Italian connection – through Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici – positioning them well in any race to sign the striker.
Napoli are reportedly in the mix, though Belotti and his family are deemed not keen on moving to Naples.
Despite Belotti’s underwhelming season to date, he has proved a dependable performer throughout his career.
He has 109 goals to his name in 244 matches for Torino. He has also earned 41 caps for Italy since making his debut in 2016.