After Martial snub, Spurs have to copy Liverpool's aggressive striker hunt this summer

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Tottenham shouldn't gamble with attacker purchases this summer, but they should know that not signing anyone is the biggest risk of all.

The news that Tottenham striker target Anthony Martial has extended his contract with Monaco, rather than consider a switch to White Hart Lane, is a big blow to the North Londoners as the transfer window prepares to open once again.

Spurs had made signing at least one striker a priority this summer, but have so far reportedly missed out on at least two players they had identified in Danny Ings and the Frenchman, instead bringing in two defenders.

Tottenham attempted to gatecrash Ings' move to Anfield my bidding £12 million for the 22-year-old according to Sky Sports, though the Burnley man had his heart set on a move to Liverpool, while Martial now looks like staying in Ligue 1 for the immediate future.

Whether either player would have been first choice starters is unknown, with Harry Kane very much the main man in what was a lone striker role for much of last season, but with it a possibility that either could have played as a wide forward, but still been very much able to play centrally if needed, Spurs are continuing to look for striker reinforcements.

The club may be watching with concern as Liverpool make a series of early moves this summer to reenforce their attacking positions - with Brazilian Roberto Firmino joining Ings in arriving. They committed early to both players and made them feel in demand, and Tottenham have to do the same with a striker as soon as possible.

Last season, the Reds struggled to find goals from attackers, as main man Daniel Sturridge was injured most of the campaign and the club's other strikers misfiring.

Tottenham would very much be in the same position next season if Harry Kane were to suffer injury - they would have to rely on Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado, two players that have had hugely disappointing seasons, as back up.

Though it could be argued that they have tried to recruit forwards, even though they were unsuccessful, Spurs have to make sure they sign a centre forward in July, leaving time for whoever comes in to settle.

Otherwise, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal all said to looking to strengthen their frontline as well as Spurs and Liverpool, Tottenham would be in danger of heading into the later parts of the transfer window coming up against sides that can offer Champions League football when it comes to recruiting attacking players.

That is a scenario that Daniel Levy, and Spurs fans, will wish to avoid.

And for that reason, the club should take a leaf out of Liverpool's book, at least when it comes to trying to make their attacking additions as early as possible.

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