The following article is a special report; all information presented, unless otherwise stated, has been gleaned from Football FanCast sources.
Tottenham Hotspur were not willing to fork out over £30m plus wages to sign AC Milan striker Krzysztof Piatek in the January transfer window, sources have confirmed to Football FanCast, and he is now close to moving to Hertha Berlin instead.
There was confidence at the club earlier this week that Milan would “cave” as Tottenham attempted to bring in a striker in this transfer window.
The stance of the Italian club has always been that they would rather sell Piatek than loan him out, which is what Spurs were proposing.
There was a feeling, though, that with the clock ticking down in the window, Milan would be convinced to soften that stance and acquiesce to Spurs’ offer.
Hertha, though, have made a bid worth £22.8m, per Sky Sports News, plus bonuses, that Spurs sources believe will take the total cost of the deal to over £30m – Milan’s initial asking price.
They are nearing an agreement and there is no intention from Spurs to try to scupper the deal.
There was always a belief at the Premier League club that they would need to see Piatek play for them before committing to a transfer fee and that is why negotiations took so long to reach any kind of conclusion; chairman Daniel Levy did not want there to be an obligation to buy in any deal, just an option.
Piatek, of course, has struggled for form this season, scoring just five goals in all competitions.
With the window reaching its conclusion, there is now an acceptance at Spurs that they may not be able to sign a striker before the deadline.
There is interest in Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud but any deal has been described by one source as “fraught with danger”.
Spurs have explored the feasibility of a deal but there is a fear that talks could drag and, in focusing on the Frenchman, they could be left empty-handed.