Former Sunderland striker, Kevin Phillips believes Tottenham Hotspur’s pursuit of a new striker might drag on until the final day of the transfer window.
Some Spurs fans are understandably frustrated at the club’s failure to sign a striker so far this window, with Tottenham’s opening day defeat to Everton doing nothing to allay their fears.
Jose Mourinho has said that he believes the club will be able to bring in a striker before the transfer window shuts and he was adamant that he wanted a striker who would be pushing for a place in the starting eleven, rather than accepting life as a back-up.
Reports indicate that the Lilywhites are assessing various options but are not currently close to completing any deal for a striker (Football.London).
Despite Mourinho’s suggestions to the contrary, Phillips has said that any striker approached by Spurs will know that he will play second fiddle to Kane.
However, the former Premier League striker admitted that Tottenham cannot afford not to bring in another frontman before the transfer window shuts.
When asked about the club’s pursuit for a striker, he told Football Insider: “I am sure they are working hard to try and get someone in.
“Jose Mourinho is no mug. With Harry’s injury record over the past few seasons, they would be daft not to bring anyone in.
“Bergwijn and Son can play there but they are not out-and-out strikers.
“They are in a unique situation because they know that whoever they are talking to will just be a number two. It is a tough sell.
“It will be difficult to find that player who is happy to sit on the bench week in, week out. That one will probably go right to the last day of the window.
“They would be crazy not to sign a striker in this window because if Harry gets injured, they can cover but they cannot replace him.”
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Given the uncompromising schedule we have coming up over the next few weeks, the sooner a new striker arrives, the better. However, I can imagine that Mourinho would be much concerned with signing the right player than getting a deal done quickly. So, I would not be surprised if the deal did drag into the final few days of the transfer window.
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