Is Tottenham's reported loan bid for Augustin the clearest sign yet that a permanent striker deal will not happen until the summer?

Tottenham Hotspur could do with more fire-power but their transfer options are limited midway through the current campaign.

According to a recent report from France Football, Tottenham Hotspur have made a loan bid for Paris Saint-Germain striker Jean-Kevin Augustin that has been swiftly rejected by the French side.

Spurs reportedly wanted the 18-year-old from now until the end of the season with no option of making the deal permanent in the summer, and that is perhaps the clearest sign yet that Tottenham have no intention of signing a new forward outright until the next transfer window at the earliest.

The problem for Mauricio Pochettino right now is that he has a system and a player – Harry Kane – that means any new striker brought in is going to be back-up at best.

There will be plenty of minutes available given the sheer number of games Tottenham have remaining this season, but a loan move for a youngster just making his way in the game was always going to be the most sensible option.

Augustin has played 10 times for PSG to date, scoring one goal and providing one assist in the process, but despite rarely being used in recent months the Ligue 1 side are seemingly reluctant to allow him to join Tottenham.

With time running out in this transfer window it seems increasingly unlikely that Pochettino will strengthen his squad, and those fans hoping for a big-money striker signing will surely have to wait until the summer when there is considerably more time to get a deal over the line.

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