Lille centre-forward Jonathan David is reportedly ‘keen’ on joining Tottenham this summer, as Ange Postecoglou continues to search for a replacement for Harry Kane.
Kane scored 30 Premier League goals for Spurs last season so there is no doubt that his departure leaves a huge void in the squad.
A number of strikers have been linked with Tottenham recently. Genk’s Gift Orban is one player on Postecoglou’s radar, for example.
Feyenoord star Santiago Gimenez has also been discussed. The 22-year-old scored 15 league goals last season, firing the Dutch club to the Eredivisie league title.
David is certainly one player that cannot be discounted, though. The Lille star was Fabio Paratici’s preferred option to replace Kane before he left his role as Tottenham’s director of football in April.
David scored 24 goals in 37 Ligue 1 appearances last season, making him the division’s third-highest goal scorer, trailing only Kylian Mbappe and Alexandre Lacazette.
If the 23-year-old could produce a similar return for Tottenham in the Premier League, he could prove to be the perfect Kane replacement.
Tottenham reconsider Paratici striker target
According to transfer journalist Ben Jacobs, David ‘cannot be ruled out’ as Tottenham’s next striker signing. But, he could be an expensive addition.
“Jonathan David remains a really interesting one. If we are talking about fees, that’s a very high fee, somewhere in the region of 60 to 65 million Euros (£50-55m) but it could come down because David is keen on the move,” Jacobs told Last Word on Spurs.
“This is an interesting one because the only name if Kane left under Paratici that Tottenham were really seriously exploring when they first got wind, probably around March or April, that the Kane situation might be changing against them.”
“The only name that they put forward to begin with was Jonathan David, but that was under Paratici and under Conte or interims, now again Postecoglou is going to have his say.
“I know some other Premier League clubs have looked at Jonathan David and they are not so sure about whether or not he’ll be a fit for Premier League football.
“The stats suggest he will but the reality is can he do it at a different pace and level? That’s what I’m most intrigued to see but I certainly wouldn’t rule out David.”
With that in mind, it will be interesting to see if Postecoglou gives the green light to a move for David and whether Tottenham match Lille’s £55m valuation.