Tottenham Hotspur reportedly want Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta.

Tottenham Hotspur have one of the top strikers in the world in Harry Kane, but Mauricio Pochettino may still be looking for one more forward in January.

Spurs rely heavily on Kane, and even more so having let Fernando Llorente leave over the summer whilst promoting teenager Troy Parrott to a first-team role.

The Daily Mail claimed in August that Pochettino was ‘concerned’ by the lack of a target man at the club, seemingly feeling that Llorente hadn’t been replaced with another physical forward.

That may cause Pochettino to look for another centre forward despite his side’s defensive struggles, and Mainz striker Jean-Philippe Mateta appears to be a target once again.

Back in 2016, Spurs wanted to land Mateta from Lyon, but Franck Belhassen – one of Mateta’s representatives – told Foot Mercato that the striker didn’t want to move abroad, and Spurs had other priorities anyway.

Now, Main-Spitze carry claims from the Sport-BILD magazine that Pochettino has made contact with another of his representatives, Pierre-Henri Bovis, in an attempt to secure his signature ahead of Southampton.

Mateta did move abroad in 2018, joining Mainz in a club-record deal, and he proved great value for money having hit 14 goals last season. Currently out injured with a torn meniscus, Mateta signed a new deal with Mainz over the summer, and won’t be a cheap signing given his age and his impressive skillset, given that he’s a powerhouse striker who has a great turn of pace.

Tottenham fans have been taking to Twitter to react, with some merely mocking another rumour that involves Pochettino getting on the phone to try and sign a player; those have become quite common.

Some believe that Mateta would be a ‘class’ signing and help Kane whilst taking some pressure off Parrott, though others think that signing another striker would be confusing given the issues at the other end of the pitch.

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