Inter striker Mauro Icardi targeted by Tottenham, say Italian press

Inter Milan

According to reports in Italy, Tottenham are eyeing a January bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi.

Sunday's late 2-1 win over Hull City has eased the pressure on Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, but it still feels like Christian Eriksen's last gasp winner was papering over the cracks for Spurs.

Eriksen's goal came after Gaston Ramirez was sent off for Hull, and before that, Tottenham toiled away without much success against the Tigers defence.

Pochettino went with two up front against Hull, taking Spurs away from the 4-2-3-1 system that they've deployed throughout this season.

Harry Kane grabbed a goal, but his strike partner Roberto Soldado drew yet another blank, as rumours gather pace that Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor could leave the club in January.

If one or even both depart, then Pochettino will have to bring in another striker - and reports in Italy suggest that he's looking to sign one of his Argentine compatriots.

Tuttosport suggest that Inter Milan will look to cash in on 21-year-old striker Mauro Icardi in January or next summer, and Pochettino wants to bring him to White Hart Lane.

The former Barcelona youngster has smashed seven goals in 12 games this season, but his attitude and off-field problems mean that new Inter manager Roberto Mancini may look to cash in on him sooner rather than later.

He may not be the quickest or strongest of strikers, but he's known for his superb finishing inside the penalty area, and that's something Spurs could really do with right now.

Atletico Madrid and Chelsea are also credited with an interest in Icardi, whose goalscoring prowess has seen him become the centre of an international tug-of-war between Argentina and Italy.

Argentina secured his future by capping him in a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay, and Pochettino will be hoping he can land an equally impressive coup by bringing him to North London in a desperate bid to improve his flagging strikeforce.

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