It’s no secret Tottenham are looking for a new striker. Jose Mourinho admitted his side need a new number nine and seemed confident they would sign one before the transfer window closed next month (Football London).
Harry Kane is Spurs’ first-choice striker irrespective of who comes in. The Englishman is their star player and his style of play is perfect for Mourinho’s system. However, the England skipper has had his fair share of injuries.
Kane was expected to miss the second half of last season after injuring himself on New Year’s Day. The delay in completion of the season helped him get back into the side but, if the season ended in May, Spurs would have been in deep trouble.
Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min tried their best up front but it wasn’t quite the same. Tottenham usually look deflated without Kane and the lack of another proper number nine is a major concern.
Spurs have been linked with a number of strikers in this window. Their latest reported target is Braga’s Paulinho (90Min), who has been brilliant in the Portuguese top flight for the past few years.
Paulinho scored 25 goals and provided nine assists in a stunning campaign last season. The 27-year-old is at the right age to make a big move and who better to learn from than his compatriot Jose Mourinho?
Braga would ideally want to keep him but everybody has a price. O Jogo claims Paulinho has a release clause of £27.6 million and the Portuguese outfit would let him leave if that amount was met.
Tottenham and Braga have reportedly been in talks over a deal for the striker for two weeks. However, the report claims Daniel Levy’s Spurs are reluctant to spend that big a fee on a back-up striker, which could ruin a potential move.
The report says the two clubs will continue talks to reach an agreement, but Paulinho still has three years left on his contract at Braga and it makes little sense to accept a fee that’s a lot less than his release clause.