According to Sky Sports, Tottenham have signed South Korean forward Heung-Min Son from Bayer Leverkusen for of a fee of around £18million, subject to international clearance of course.
Son is highly-rated and at just 23 has made 40 appearances for his international side. He is a versatile player, being able to play on both wings and as a central striker.
However, the South Korean international is much more likely to be fielded wide this season, than as an alternative to first choice striker Harry Kane, which is what Spurs desperately need.
Tottenham’s other new attacking signing Clinton N’Jie is apparently also more adept at playing on the wing than playing as a central striker, so Spurs have signed two players capable of playing as a central striker, but not a specialists at being actual strikers.
Tottenham only really have England international striker Harry Kane as a senior striking option. New signing N’Jie may be able to deputise, but he will take a while to adapt to life in a new country and league and is definitely more of a wide player.
Spurs are badly in need of another central striker. The north London club had three striking options last season in Kane, Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, although Kane was in possession of the shirt for much of last season.
Soldado recently returned to play in his homeland with Villarreal and Adebayor has been told he surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane and will probably move out on loan in the next few days.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino yesterday admitted that he was still looking for a striker, by telling Sky Sports: “We need one striker,”
“We need one player more and we are working hard. We know what we need to provide the right balance to compete this season. This is my desire and we are working hard for that.”
Tottenham have seen two bids for West Brom striker Saido Berahino rejected, despite the fact that the 22-year-old has now handed in a transfer request at the Midlands club. Berahino request was rejected and it is being reported that Spurs will not return with an improved offer.
The north London club are believed to have had offers of around £18million and £21million turned down for the striker, who signalled his interest in a move by handing in that transfer request.
Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace has stated in no uncertain terms that the Midlands club are not willing to sell their star asset. He was dropped from the squad for last weekend’s game against Chelsea, but could return to the squad for the West Brom game this weekend.
That leaves Tottenham still searching for a new striker, with the transfer window shutting in less than a week’s time.
Kane has struggled to shoulder the burden of Spurs attack this season and has yet to find the net this season. The 21-year-old was a goalscoring sensation last season, but has found goals rather harder to come by this season.
One of the reasons for his sluggish start to the campaign could be the fact he took part in the under-21 European Championships with England, unlike a host of England other highly-rated young stars.
There is little doubt that he will start scoring goals again at some stage, but the question is when? Tottenham cannot afford for Kane to be out of form, as they have few other players that provide a potent attacking threat.
Tottenham have not won any of their three Premier League games so far this season and host Everton at White Hart Lane on Saturday evening. Spurs will be looking to gain maximum points against the Merseysider’s, who tend to struggle in games at the Lane.
Tottenham kicked-off the campaign as outsiders for a place in the top four and a Champions League berth this season. Pochettino’s men are currently odds of 12/1 after their sluggish start to the campaign.
No doubt Tottenham have to strengthen their squad in the next few days with a striker their priority, but there whole transfer policy has to be questioned in recent windows.
The club have spent a lot of money on players in recent transfer windows, but they have not necessarily bought players that actually strengthen their team, or squad.
A new striker is a must, but Pochettino and the board will have known that at the end of last season, yet they have waited until a few days before the transfer window shuts to act.
Will Tottenham sign a new striker before the transfer window closes?
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