Tottenham receive massive boost in chase for star striker

Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a major boost in his chase of Sporting Lisbon striker Islam Slimani, after reports in the Metro claim that the Portuguese club are already planing for life without their star man.

Spurs are apparently willing to pay the Primera Liga club £21.9m to secure the 26-year-old Algerian’s services, who has 14 goals in 32 caps for his country to his name.

It’s not surprising that Mauricio Pochettino would seek to add a striker to his squad due to his side’s reliance on Harry Kane. The 21-year-old striker already has 14 Premier League goals from just 22 appearances this season.

This is in stark contrast to Roberto Soldado and Emmanuel Adebayor, who have managed just three goals between them in the Premier League.

Pochettino has largely played with just one player up front since taking over at White Hart Lane but signing Islam Slimani would give the Argentine the option to play with two forwards.