Mourinho labelled rumoured Spurs target as his player of the season in 2014

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Dom Le Roy

The Daily Mirror claim that new Tottenham head coach Jose Mourinho wants the club to buy Roma striker Edin Dzeko in the January transfer window.

It was reported that the Spurs boss sent scouts to watch the striker in action over the weekend ahead of potential bid in January.

The report suggests that the 56-year-old considers the Bosnian international as the perfect cover for Harry Kane in order to reduce the goal-scoring burden on the England captain.

Spurs’ reported interest in Dzeko shouldn’t come as a surprise as Mourinho has previously showered praise on the centre forward back in 2014.

When the Portuguese manager was at Chelsea, he remarked that Dzeko, who was then at Manchester City, deserved to win the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year award over the eventual recipient Luiz Suarez.

He raved about Dzeko’s goalscoring ability as well as his all-round play.

BBC Sport quoted Mourinho as saying on May 11, 2014: “If the champion is City, then I would say a Man City player and if I have to choose, I choose Dzeko.

“The kind of player he is, he’s not just a goal-scorer. He assists, he plays, he behaves, he’s fair, doesn’t dive, doesn’t try to put opponents in the stands with an accumulation of cards.

“He was the third choice striker at the beginning of the season. He was hidden behind his manager’s first choices and when the team needed him in crucial moments of the season, I think he made the difference.

“In this moment I think he has 16 goals. Sixteen goals for the third striker is something spectacular.”

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The fact that Mourinho stressed on how City were able to rely on Dzeko during crucial moments despite the Bosnian not being the first choice, certainly suggests that he views the Roma striker as a good squad option. However, at the 33 years of age, it remains to be seen if he still has the sharpness to be effective in the Premier League.

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