Journalist predicts likes of Spurs and Newcastle could pursue 23-year-old striker

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Italian journalist Niccolo Ceccarini has claimed that Tottenham Hotspur could make a move for Napoli striker Victor Osimhen this summer.

With Manchester City completing the signing of Erling Haaland, Harry Kane now looks more likely to remain at Tottenham next season.

However, reports indicate that Antonio Conte wants to add another big-name striker to his squad to supplement the England captain this summer (Daily Mirror).

The likes of Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez (Inter Live) and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez (The Athletic) have been mooted as potential targets for Spurs, and Ceccarini how suggested that Osimhen is another name on the Lilywhites’ radar.

The Nigerian international has enjoyed a fantastic campaign at Naples, with 17 goals and six assists to his name across all competitions so far (Transfermarkt).

Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia) claimed last month that Napoli rejected an offer of around €100m (£83.3m) from Newcastle for the 23-year-old during the January transfer window and they will only let the centre-forward leave for €120m (£100m) this summer.

Ceccarini has now said that the Magpies could reignite their interest in Osimhem while Spurs may also make an offer for the player, but he admitted it would take a substantial bid to convince Luciano Spalletti’s side to part ways with the centre-forward.

The journalist said on Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli’s Radio Goal (11/05/22 – as relayed by Area Napoli): “Victor Osimhen’s situation is very clear, if great offers arrive Napoli would listen to them without thinking twice.

“But it will take a very high amount to snatch him from Neapolitan society, it will not be easy. There are clubs from England like Newcastle and Tottenham that could go on the assault in the summer.”

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I do expect Conte to add to his forward line this summer and for the club to cash in on Steven Bergwijn. 

However, it would not make much sense for us to spend a significant portion of our transfer budget on a forward, with the wing-back areas and central defence being bigger priorities to address.

I expect us to sign a versatile forward in the £25m-£40m range who can cover for Harry Kane but also play out wide.

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