Tottenham chasing wrong Algeria World Cup star with £10m bid

Yacine Brahimi could be heading to White Hart Lane in the near future, but the club would be better off bidding for former West Ham target Islam Slimani.

Tottenham are in danger of getting their transfer priorities all wrong this summer amid reports linking the Lilywhites with a move for another midfielder in the shape of Algeria World Cup hero Yacine Brahimi.

Currently on the books of French side Rennes, the 24-year-old has already hinted at departing the Ligue 1 side, with Tottenham joining the likes of Everton and AS Roma in their pursuit of the midfielder.

But with Spurs already boasting a wide array of talents in that particular area of the field, the reality is that Mauricio Pochettino and co would be better off pursuing a deal for striker Islam Slimani.

Like Brahimi, the 26-year-old was impressive for Algeria at the World Cup, scoring and providing an assist in the Fennec Foxes’ 4-2 win over Korea Republic, which saw the team become the first African nation to score four goals in a World Cup fixture.

However unlike Brahimi, Slimani has already impressed on the big stage in Europe, playing and scoring regularly for Sporting Lisbon, who primarily use the forward as an impact sub.

Last season he even scored a memorable winner against arch-rivals Porto in the league – a strike that earned the striker a place in the hearts of the fans for many years to come.

West Ham United and Newcastle were both previously linked with a move to the club but after Sporting slapped a £10 million price tag on his head, those two teams have cooled there interest in the forward.

That could clear the way for Tottenham to bid, with the team desperately short of numbers up front and keen to recruit a striker happy to play a squad role, as the Lilywhites look to compete for a top four finish and in the Europa League.

Brahimi may be the current flavour of the month but if Spurs and Mauricio Pochettino are keen on getting a taste of Champions League football next season and perhaps some silverware to boot, Slimani needs to become a priority.

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