Tottenham Hotspur turned down the chance to sign Roma striker Edin Dzeko, according to Football Insider.
Intermediaries working on behalf of the former Manchester City striker are said to have reached out to Spurs to gauge their interest in a possible summer bid.
Roma are said to value Dzeko at £18m but the north London club chose against pursuing a move, with the club unconvinced of the value in signing the 33-year-old in this transfer window.
He is now likely to move to Inter Milan instead.
It remains to be seen if Spurs will strengthen their forward line this summer having released Fernando Llorente, leaving the club with just Harry Kane and Vincent Janssen as their current forward options.
Should they have decided to make a move for Dzeko, then? He is, after all, a proven Premier League talent, having scored 72 goals in 189 games for City.
Football FanCast’s writers give their verdicts below!
“Yes, they should have and it’s a truly confusing rejection. Where else can you find a prolific striker with Premier League pedigree for £18m? Tottenham can’t afford to forget that they need a centre-forward willing to play back-up to Harry Kane more often than not. The 33-year-old may well have been content to do just that. In conclusion, Spurs are set to miss out on another shrewd deal.”
“Edin Dzeko would have been a fabulous capture for Spurs, especially at a price of £18m. If Fernando Llorente is to leave then they’ll need a player in a similar mould to encapsulate what he brought to north London. The Bosnian is far better in front of goal and would have been outstanding back up to Harry Kane. Considering the problems they had without him in the side it could have been game-changing. This is poor from Spurs.”
“No, simply because he is too similar to what they already have. £18m is a good price for an experienced goalscorer, but what situation will you possibly use Dzeko in that you wouldn’t use Harry Kane in? The Lilywhites should find a pacier player to play second fiddle to their talisman, like Callum Wilson of Bournemouth.”