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Paratici denial a smokescreen, as Tottenham secretly work on striker deal

Tottenham director of football Fabio Paratici watching his side from the touchline

Fabio Paratici’s recent denial regarding Tottenham interest in a fearsome forward is a smokescreen, and Spurs are currently in dialogue over the potential transfer, claims a report.

Many of the headlines coming out of Tottenham over the previous transfer window revolved around the future of Harry Kane. Reigning champions Manchester City were prepared to sanction a move, but their final bid did not meet Daniel Levy’s requirements.

Kane ultimately remained in north London, though that did not stop links with potential replacements emerging.

One player heavily speculated was Dusan Vlahovic. The Fiorentina frontman enjoyed a breakthrough year last term when blasting 21 Serie A goals.

The Serbian has picked up right where he left off this season, plundering six from his first eight matches.

However, his time with La Viola seems certain to be nearing its end. Fiorentina chief Rocco Commisso confirmed Vlahovic would be leaving the club in an upcoming window after rejecting the club’s proposals over a new contract.

That prompted renewed links with Tottenham and Man City. Pep Guardiola’s side were credited with interest after their Kane pursuit fell short.

However, speaking at the recent Festival dello Sport, Paratici poured cold water on the notion Spurs could pounce.

Manchester City chasing Serie A duo Martinez and Vlahovic

Manchester City are reportedly chasing Serie A forward duo Lautaro Martinez and Dusan Vlahovic, with more updates on Kalvin Phillips and Ferran Torres.

“Dusan Vlahovic is appreciated by many clubs, it’s normal,” said the Italian. “He’s not in our plans, for now”.

But in stark contrast, Sport Witness (citing Tuttomercatoweb) have claimed Paratici’s denial was a simple smokescreen.

They state Vlahovic is indeed ‘in the sights of Tottenham.’ While that may seem like a sweeping statement, the article sheds further light on the situation.

Dusan Vlahovic of ACF Fiorentina in action during the pre-season friendly football match between ACF Fiorentina and Polisportiva

They claim signing Vlahovic is a ‘strong Spurs idea’. Furthermore, there is reportedly ‘ongoing contacts’ between the parties involved.

Finally, it’s noted Levy and Tottenham are ‘hard at work’ figuring out how best to fend off stiff compeition for the striker’s signature.

Manchester City, Juventus and Atletico Madrid are all namechecked as rivals in the transfer battle.

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Newcastle “will go £150m-£200m” for Harry Kane

Meanwhile, Newcastle have been tipped to outbid Manchester City and break the bank for Harry Kane amid claims Newcastle are now more likely to win a trophy than Tottenham.

Kane, 28, was the subject of strong interest from reigning champions Manchester City over the summer. However, Spurs supremo Daniel Levy lived up to his reputation as a tough negotiator. Much to Pep Guardiola’s dismay, Man City’s pursuit ended in failure to leave them light of a world class striker entering the season.

Now, speaking on talkSPORT, former Newcastle United midfielder, Darren Ambrose, has suggested the Magpies could make Levy an offer he can’t refuse.

“What about Harry Kane?” Ambrose told talkSPORT while discussing Newcastle’s transfer plans (via the Sun). “Now I say this because, are Manchester City or Chelsea going to be paying £100m-£120m in the summer.

“I don’t think they are. I think [City] went to around £130m this summer, so Newcastle will. They will go £150m-£200m. Say Daniel Levy puts on another ridiculously high transfer fee that nobody else is going to pay and Newcastle say, ‘OK, there’s £150m’.

“Who’s got more chance of winning a trophy at the moment? Tottenham or Newcastle right now? Everyone is going to say [Newcastle] now because they’re a project and they’ve got ambition.”

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