Former Premier League striker Brian McBride has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur chairman Daniel Levy might need to be more flexible in his approach to transfers if Spurs are to sign Lyon hitman Alexandre Lacazette.
According to The Mirror, Tottenham are weighing up a £30 million deal for the Frenchman, but the Ligue 1 side have given his reported suitors a deadline, suggesting that he will not be sold if a deal has been struck before the end of June.
The Tottenham supremo is a shrewd operator in the transfer market and will often hold out until he gets the best deal for the North London club, but McBride feels that Levy cannot afford to be his usual self if the Lilywhites are to sign the 25-year-old.
"Daniel Levy is someone who likes to wait and see what he can get as far as a better price goes," the striker turned pundit told ESPN.
"He's a tough negotiator in the sense that he waits until the last minute to try better the deal for Tottenham.
"If Lyon want to get this done before June 30 then Daniel Levy's going to have to be less restrictive in terms of what he wants to get out of it for his club."
Lacazette, who has also been linked with West Ham United, would surely be a fine back-up striker for Harry Kane.
Aside from Kane, Tottenham lack alternatives up front, and the France international, who scored 21 times this past season, may be the man to relieve the 22-year-old - who scored 25 in the Premier League last time around, resulting in the Golden Boot - of the goalscoring burden.