Tottenham reportedly pursuing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang despite Dortmund claims

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Tottenham are reportedly interested in signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, but understand a deal would be difficult.

Spurs have so far taken steps to improve their defence, bringing in right back Kieran Trippier as well as centre backs Kevin Wimmer and Toby Alderweireld.

Now though, manager Mauricio Pochettino needs to look at strengthening his options in the final third, with Harry Kane in desperate need of support after poor seasons from Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado.

The Daily Mail report that Tottenham have had a long-standing interest in Borussia Dortmund star Aubameyang, and are still pursuing the Gabon international this summer.

The 26-year-old smashed 26 goals in 46 games for Dortmund last season, establishing himself as one of Europe's most dangerous forwards with his combination of power and blistering speed.

However, any deal for Aubameyang is hugely unlikely, given that Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc told German newspaper Kicker that their prized forward is not for sale at any price.

"We rely heavily on Aubameyang - that is no secret," said Zorc. "I've heard a lot about this [a transfer] but I can say very clearly that it is blocked for him. He is simply not for sale," he added.

Whilst Aubameyang may be an audacious and ultimately unrealistic target for Tottenham, their interest suggests that Spurs have a certain type of player in mind.

The Mirror, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph have each reported that Spurs are pursuing Saido Berahino, Anthony Martial and Clinton N'Jie - all pacey forwards who can not only play out wide but also up front.

Aubameyang is another player that fits the bill, but he may be out of Spurs' price range. A move for a similar player at a lower cost seems likely for Spurs, who need to add options both out wide and down the middle of their attack.

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