Tottenham should be moving for Iheanacho before they even think about Kovacic

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with a move for the Real Madrid midfielder.

According to a report from the Daily Star Sunday, Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks with Real Madrid about the prospect of signing midfielder Mateo Kovacic this summer, but they should be focusing on another key area first, with a potential deal for their ideal striker bearing striking similarities.

Kelechi Iheanacho may not be the player on every Tottenham fan's lips when it comes to summer targets, yet the Manchester City forward is exactly what Spurs need as they bid to bring some silverware back to North London next season.

Shakhtar Donetsk's Vasyl Kobin in action against Real Madrid's Mateo Kovacic

City would, understandably, be reluctant to significantly strengthen a direct rival.  However if Tottenham are willing to make a move for a player - in Kovacic - that they do not really need, for a fee in the region of £22million and accepting a buyback clause in the process, why on Earth are they not doing everything in their power to convince Iheanacho that his future would be best served at Spurs?

As reported by the BBC earlier this month, Leicester City are closing in on a £25million move for the Nigerian international, but Tottenham should have been doing everything they could to make this happen since the start of the summer.

If Iheanacho had known that he would have had the chance to play for a Champions League club, he could have pushed for a move ahead of one to the Foxes.

Perhaps the Blues would have refused regardless, or perhaps Tottenham could have signed a striker whose goal-scoring record despite his lack of starts is simply outstanding.  After all, some forward-thinking from City would have meant they could have seen what Iheanacho could do when playing in Europe's elite competition week in, week out, while also challenging at the top of the table.

The 20-year-old could have formed a devastating partnership with Tottenham's regular top-scorer Harry Kane, while also possessing the ability to play out wide when required.

Instead it seems he is off to Leicester while Tottenham push ahead for a young midfielder who is undoubtedly talented but not what Spurs need right now.

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