That’s according to a recent report by Claret & Hugh, with the West Ham United insider claiming that sources at Spurs have revealed that Fabio Paratici’s reported interest in the Blackburn Rovers centre-forward is indeed true, with the sporting director believed to be plotting a bid for the 23-year-old in the coming weeks.
The insider goes on to state that the Hammers are also pursuing a deal for the Chile international in the summer transfer window, while LaLiga side Sevilla are also reported to be keeping a close eye on the situation of the forward – who is thought to possess a £20m asking price – ahead of a potential move of their own.
While Brereton Diaz is far from the most glamorous name Tottenham have been linked with this summer, it is not difficult to understand why Paratici would be interested in a deal to bring the Blackburn hitman to north London ahead of Spurs’ upcoming Premier League campaign.
With the signing of a new centre-forward reported to be one of Antonio Conte’s priority targets in the summer transfer window – in order to provide Harry Kane with both backup and competition for his starting spot in the Italian’s starting XI in 2022/23 – Brereton Diaz looks to be something of a perfect candidate for this role.
Indeed, over his 37 Championship appearances last season, the £14.4m-rated forward was in exceptional form for Rovers, scoring 22 goals, registering three assists and creating three big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.8 shots, making 0.6 key passes and completing 1.6 dribbles per game.
These returns saw the £6.5k-per-week striker who Tony Mowbray dubbed “extraordinary” average an extremely impressive SofaScore match rating of 6.94, while his 22 strikes saw him rank joint-third in the division’s scoring charts.
And, with Brereton Diaz still only being just 23 years of age, the Chilean attacker undoubtedly possesses the potential for further growth in the professional game – with there not being many better mentors in the role of centre-forward than Kane.
As such, with the Championship sensation being young, deadly in the final third and – presumably – willing to play the role as the England captain’s deputy next term, a £20m bid for the former Nottingham Forest starlet would appear to be a very wise move for Paratici to make this summer.