Report: Tottenham struggling to sign new striker, Harry Kane a major factor

Kane, Vertonghen, Matic, Costa

Tottenham are reportedly struggling to convince strikers to join the club.

According to a report from the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur are facing problems in the transfer market, with strikers allegedly unsure about a move to White Hart Lane - because of Harry Kane's presence.

Spurs have yet to make any new signings in the January transfer window, but that's largely because Mauricio Pochettino's men have been so impressive this season.

Sitting just five points behind league leaders Arsenal, Spurs are right in the title race, and have quality as well as depth in most areas of their squad.

Hugo Lloris is one of the best goalkeepers in the division, Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen have established themselves as arguably the most formidable defensive partnership in the league, whilst Kieran Trippier, Kyle Walker, Danny Rose and Ben Davies have healthy battles at their respective full back positions.

With midfielders such as Mousa Dembele, Eric Dier, Dele Alli, Nabil Bentaleb and Tom Carroll as well as playmakers like Son Heung-min, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela, Pochettino has plenty to choose from in the middle of the park, whilst Harry Kane remains one of the Premier League's most dangerous strikers.

The only area fans are really keen to see strengthened is up front, given that Pochettino has little depth behind Kane - but he may be facing an issue in his pursuit of a new striker.

The Daily Mail note that Chelsea are struggling to convince Gonzalo Higuain to join them because he isn't sure he would be first choice at Stamford Bridge, and also report that Tottenham have been facing the same problem so far this month.

It's stated that players know Kane is Pochettino's first choice - and no doubt will be for years to come - meaning potential signings are thinking twice before making moves to White Hart Lane, leaving Spurs with something of a problem during this month's transfer window.

It may mean that Pochettino looks to two options; a young, up-and-coming player who may not be immediate Premier League quality but has great potential - such as Basel's Breel Embolo - or a veteran who would settle for playing a supporting role, like Valencia's Alvaro Negredo or even Chelsea's Loic Remy.

Who should Tottenham target to offer competition for Kane?

Register for TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch