Report claims Tottenham have cooled interest in Lazio forward Keita Balde Diao

Mauricio Pochettino, manager of Spurs looks on prior to the Pre-Season Friendly match beween Tottenham Hotspur and Juventus at Wembley Stadium on August 5, 2017 in London, England.

Tottenham Hotspur are said to have agreed to meet the Italian side's £27.6 million asking price.

Balde Diao Keita of SS Lazio during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Malaga CF and SS Lazio at Estadio La Rosaleda on August 5, 2017 in Malaga, Spain. Lazio forward Keita Balde

Tottenham Hotspur have cooled their interest in Lazio forward Keita Baldé Diao, according to The Times.

Italian newspaper Corriere Dello Sport reported earlier this week that Spurs had agreed to meet the Rome side's £27.6 million asking priceBut this is not the case according to The Times.

The report states: "Spurs have cooled their interest in Keita Baldé, the Lazio striker. The Italian club want around £27.6 million for the player despite him entering the final year of his contract and boycotting training sessions because he wants to force through a switch to Juventus."

Keita scored 16 goals in 31 Serie A appearances last season, and could help to relieve the burden on Tottenham talisman Harry Kane.

Tottenham Hotspur's English striker Harry Kane walks off after the final whistle during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium...Tottenham Hotspur striker Harry Kane

Spurs bought Vincent Jansson to do exactly that a year ago, but the Dutchman has found the net just six times in 39 outings and is strongly linked with a move to West Bromwich Albion.

The north London side still have Heung-min Son to call upon, after the South Korea star scored 21 goals last term - although a replacement for Janssen may be required with four competitions to think about this season.

Tottenham Hotspur's Dutch striker Vincent Janssen heads the ball during the friendly football match between Tottenham Hotspurs and Kitchee FC at Hong Kong Stadium on May 26, 2017....Tottenham Hotspur striker Vincent Janssen

Keita, who can play anywhere across the front line, spent seven years on Barcelona's books before switching to Lazio, and has 12 caps for Senegal.

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