Tottenham Hotspur have failed in a late bid for Roma-bound Seydou Doumbia, according to Gianluca Di Marzio.
Tottenham are said to have made a “significant offer” for the CSKA Moscow striker, but the Russian outfit rebuffed their approach to continue negotiations with Roma.
Instead, the Ivory Coast international will head to the Eternal City once he returns from the African Cup of Nations, with Giallorosso manager Rudi Garcia confirming at his Friday press conference that a new forward would be arriving to replace the departed Mattia Destro.
The deal was initially planned to be a season-long with a view to a permanent switch, but the two sides have since settled on an outright €15 million move, per Di Marzio.
Doumbia, 27, has netted an impressive 83 goals in 129 total appearances since arriving at CSKA from Young Boys Bern in January 2010, and made widespread headlines in November after bagging a first-half brace to down Manchester City 2-1 in their Champions League clash.
A long-time target for Spurs, head coach Mauricio Pochettino will now be forced to look elsewhere in his bid to add cover up top, although their options are thinning as the transfer window enters its closing stages.
Domestic-based front men Danny Ings and Saido Berahino both look set to remain at Burnley and West Bromwich Albion, respectively, while Italy international Simone Zaza, who Di Marzio has named as another target this month, will now be staying at Sassuolo for the remainder of the campaign.
With Roberto Soldado continuing to misfire, and Emmanuel Adebayor seemingly heading for the exit door, the club certainly need another reliable body alongside the in-form Harry Kane, but whether Pochettino will be able find the right target at this late stage remains to be seen.