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Daniel Levy playing with fire with Spurs striker target Josh King

Tottenham Hotspur have added three new names to their ranks this transfer window but the club are still yet to resolve one of their biggest problems, and that may not change anytime soon…

What’s the word?

According to The Athletic’s Charlie Eccleshare, Spurs are ‘unlikely’ to pay the reported asking price for AFC Bournemouth forward Joshua King.

They claim that he’s available for between £15m and £20m this summer but it seems like Daniel Levy isn’t going to stump up the cash to secure one of Jose Mourinho’s striking targets.

Should Levy pay £15m for Joshua King?

Yes - sign him up!

Yes - sign him up!

No - he's no good!

No - he's no good!

The 28-year-old has remained in Norway and will miss the Cherries’ season-opener in the Championship this weekend and now the club are prepared to offload him. Newly promoted Fulham and Aston Villa are also keen on signing him, per the Telegraph.

Levy playing with fire

Levy is playing a rather dangerous game here. Spurs haven’t had a viable and competent number two to Harry Kane in over five years.

Vincent Janssen, Roberto Soldado and Fernando Llorente have all come and gone. The north Londoners face Everton on Sunday yet if their leading talisman goes down injured, there’s no out-and-out striker to replace him.

Realistically are you going to get a decent option for cheaper than just £15m? It has to be unlikely.

King is a solid choice as he’s able to play in a multitude of positions across the frontline and of course, would arrive with bags of experience in the top-flight.

The Norway international has bagged at least six goals in each of his last five Premier League seasons with a career-best of 16 coming during the 2016/17 season.

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Record transfer fee paid?

In fact, last term’s six goals in a relegated Cherries side is all that more impressive when you see he only recorded 26 shots at goal all season, per WhoScored.

Eddie Howe has previously hailed King’s “unique” attributes, claiming he is the “complete package” as he’s “outstanding physically, technically and mentally.”

If Levy can pay £15m for Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, then he’ll be a fool for not splashing the same amount on a much-needed addition.

AND in other news, Spurs could land the next Haaland for just £20m…

Article title: Daniel Levy playing with fire with Spurs striker target Josh King

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