Spurs close to ending wait for new striker
Tottenham were forced to make do without a recognised striker in their Carabao Cup game against Chelsea, but still made it through.
Harry Kane was rested for the match, only making a late cameo, and Son Heung-min’s injury meant wingers Steven Bergwijn and Erik Lamela were the most advanced players for most of the game.
Jose Mourinho has made clear his desire for a new striker, and football.london can reveal the Spurs manager may soon have such a player at his disposal with a deal drawing closer.
football.london understands Tottenham are trying to close a loan deal for Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius with an option to buy for £36.3m.
The 25-year-old scored 24 goals and laid on 13 assists last season.
Spurs fans excited by striker development
With football. london’s Alasdair Gold updating Tottenham supporters on their striker chase, there is cause for excitement after a long wait.
More than a year has passed since Fernando Llorente left north London, but the club are believed to be close to a deal for one of their targets as they attempt to find an appropriate player to cover for Harry Kane during a packed fixture schedule and beyond.
“The club are hopeful of tying up the deal ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline day,” Gold wrote, among links with a number of strikers playing across top European leagues.
We’ve taken a look at some of the reaction from Spurs fans on social media, as the club seek the attacking reinforcements needed to help them compete on multiple fronts this season.
Mourinho gives update on injuries to key Tottenham players
Tottenham’s start to the 2020/21 season has been hit with some untimely injury news, with Son Heung-min the latest player to be sidelined.
The South Korea international missed Tuesday’s Carabao Cup game against Chelsea, having only managed 45 minutes against Newcastle United at the weekend.
And Son isn’t the only player to have missed out on the penalty shoot-out victory, with Gareth Bale still yet to make his second debut after returning to north London from Real Madrid.
Speaking on Wednesday ahead of Tottenham’s Europa League game against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday night, manager Jose Mourinho provided an update on the fitness of both players, and it wasn’t the news supporters will have been hoping for.
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“Sonny of course is not playing tomorrow, is a big doubt for Sunday but I don’t want to say he’s not going to play because maybe he does and then my position is not good,” Mourinho said.
“Bale cannot play tomorrow or even on the weekend, that I can confirm,” he added.
Victory for Spurs against their Israeli opponents will ensure they make it into the Europa League group stage, while their domestic campaign will resume on Sunday with a Premier League match against Manchester United.