Allan Saint-Maximin is a talent, but Spurs must continue to pursue his in-demand team-mate Thomas Lemar

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Tottenham have reportedly joined the race for Monaco ace Thomas Lemar.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesAllan Saint-Maximin in action for Saint-Etienne against PSG

According to Telefoot, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Monaco attacker Allan Saint-Maximin this summer – but they should remain focused on his team-mate Thomas Lemar.

Unsurprisingly, Spurs are expected to be in the market for attacking reinforcements this summer, given that additions from last summer such as Georges-Kevin Nkoudou, Moussa Sissoko and Vincent Janssen failed to impress last season.

Whether up front or out wide, Mauricio Pochettino needs to add quality to his attacking ranks, and reports in France suggest a move for Saint-Maximin could be on the cards this summer.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesAllan Saint-Maximin in action for Hannover

Saint-Maximin, 20, was snapped up by Monaco after just 17 first-team appearances for Saint-Etienne, and he has long been considered as one of the top young prospects in French football.

After just one goal in 18 games on loan at Hannover, Saint-Maximin was again farmed out last season, and notched three goals and two assists in 33 Ligue 1 appearances for Bastia before heading back to Monaco this summer.

Football Soccer - Monaco v Toulouse - French Ligue 1 - Louis II StadiumThomas Lemar celebrates scoring for Monaco

Capable of playing anywhere across the front line, Saint-Maximin is a real talent, possessing pace and dribbling ability, but Tottenham must focus their attention on signing his Monaco team-mate Thomas Lemar.

As reported by L'Equipe last month, Tottenham are keen to launch a £25million raid for Lemar, who smashed 14 goals and 14 assists for Monaco last term to become one of the most in-demand attacking players in Europe.

It's now time for Tottenham to make such a signing, investing heavily in a young player who has already excelled in the Champions League, rather than attempting to take a gamble on the not-quite-as-polished Saint-Maximin.

Monaco's Thomas Lemar celebrates scoring their second goalMonaco's Thomas Lemar celebrates scoring

Tottenham have been to the 'inexperienced attacker from French football' well in the last two summers, first signing Clinton N'Jie from Lyon in 2015 before landing Georges-Kevin Nkoudou from Marseille last summer. Neither have enjoyed much success in North London, and have even been used to suggest that Pochettino was given budget targets rather than the names he actually wanted.

Now, Spurs should keep an eye on Saint-Maximin's progress after a decent if unspectacular season with Bastia, whilst continuing to pursue a big-money deal for Lemar too boost their supply line in attack.

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