Report: Pochettino willing to pay £12.5m release clause to bring Lucas Alario to Spurs

River Plate's Lucas Alario in action

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is reportedly keen on River Plate striker Lucas Alario.

River Plate's Lucas Alario in actionRiver Plate's Lucas Alario in action against Barcelona

According to Argentinian TV channel TyC Sports, Tottenham Hotspur are keen on River Plate striker Lucas Alario as they look for attacking reinforcements.

It's no great secret that Spurs need to sign a new striker this summer, as leading goalscorer Harry Kane played in every Premier League game last season, and appeared to look tired for England at the European Championships.

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A number of strikers have been linked with moves to White Hart Lane as a result, with The Mirror recently linking Tottenham with AZ's Vincent Janssen and Roma starlet Antonio Sanabria.

A new name can seemingly be added to the list, as Argentinian TV channel TyC Sports report that manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to raid his homeland with a move for River Plate striker Lucas Alario.

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Alario, 23, joined River from Colon in 2015, and has hit six goals in 13 games this season, continuing to establish himself as one of the top young strikers in Argentina.

A strong striker with good aerial ability, Alario was linked with a move to Liverpool by The Mirror earlier this year, but any move for him was seen as complicated due to the involvement of a third party.

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Now, TyC Sports claim that manager Pochettino wants Tottenham to pay the €15m (£12.5m) release clause in Alario's contract, having seemingly been impressed with his performances for River.

Few players have impressed having directly moved from South America to the Premier League, but if Spurs do sign Alario this summer, they will hope that he can buck the trend - and Pochettino appears to be confident that he can, if reports in Argentina are to be believed.

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