Spurs abandon plans to sign long-term target, but £22m star still wanted

Spurs are no longer interested in Fulham’s Moussa Dembele, but are willing to pay up to £22m to finally land West Brom’s Saido Berahino, according to reports from Football Insider.

The Lilywhites need at the most four more points from their last four games to ensure they finish in the top four this term, meaning that Champions League qualification, and the increased profile that brings in the transfer market, almost certainly awaits Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

One area the Argentine is clearly short of options in is centre-forward, with divisional top scorer, Harry Kane, having operated through this season without a genuine back-up option.

Fulham’s Dembele was a major January target – he even underwent a medical with the north London club before a deal collapsed – but despite the fact 19-year-old Frenchman set to be a free agent in a few months’ time, reports claim that Tottenham are no longer interested in the teenager, yet Berahino of West Brom remains a target.

Spurs have also been aligned with Berahino for much of the last year – they came close to signing him late on last summer – and it’s understood that the club are willing to pay as much as £22m to convince the Baggies to sell.

Although the Midlands club have often held firm to keep the pacey attacker – they even rejected a £24m offer from Newcastle over the winter – Berahino’s contract will have just 12 months to ahead of the new season, making a sale in the near future more tempting than a Bosman exit in 2017.