According to reports, Tottenham are now looking at a move for Bournemouth forward Josh King, after missing out on Ollie Watkins to Aston Villa.
The north London side have been on the look-out for a new striker since the January transfer window earlier this year, but moves for various targets have failed to materialise as of yet.
One such instance saw Watkins leave Brentford to join Villa in a big-money deal, and The Sun now claim that due to missing out on the 24-year-old, Spurs have turned their attentions towards King.
The report reveals that Bournemouth are more open to selling the £45k-a-week forward than David Brooks, and that Spurs could face competition from the likes of Aston Villa, Fulham and Everton should his price range be around £15m.
As was perhaps most clearly on show last season, simply having great first-team players in the likes of Harry Kane and Heung-min Son just isn’t enough – particularly when they get injured.
It’s a squad game, and Spurs don’t have the kind of strength in depth that some of their big six rivals have. But in King, they could get someone with plenty of Premier League experience, and has the versatility and ability to perform at a decent level both out wide and through the middle.
Back in Mourinho’s days at Inter, despite having Diego Milito lead the line, Samuel Eto’o was a crucial part of the Nerazzurri’s Champions League triumph.
The Cameroon legend had showcased at previous club Barcelona that he was an elite striker, but rather than playing as an out-and-out number nine in Italy, he followed his manager’s instructions and became an effective force from out wide – he ended up scoring 16 goals in the Champions League winning campaign in 2009/2010, even picking up an assist in the final.
So whilst Kane might be the focal point for Spurs, having someone who could potentially play in the same team as him as either a strike partner or from the flanks, could be crucial to ensuring the north Londoners have different attacking weapons.