Tottenham are caught in a two-front war with Manchester United still clawing at star striker and leading scorer Harry Kane on one side and Spurs increasing efforts to find the proper attacker to pair with the 22-year-old English on the other. Manager Mauricio Pochettino’s side endured a lackluster scoring performance in their Premier League opener against United last weekend, ending in a 1-0 loss off Kyle Walker’s own goal in the 22nd minute.
Kane would be held to three shots, none of which even found their target as United pestered him throughout the match, and furthered the obvious idea that Spurs require a suitable running mate for him. Both Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are expected to join new clubs before the summer transfer window closes, leaving Pochettino with a huge void to fill.
United reserve striker Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez could very well be the newest addition. Pochettino turned back any speculation before the start of Premier League, but The London Evening Standard understands Tottenham are “stepping up” their interest in the Mexican star. West Brom’s Saido Berahino is also under consideration, but his price tag’s grown to £25 million.
Hernandez has gone back and forth with the Red Devils all summer over his lack of a consistent role following his one-term tour with Real Madrid, and for what they consider a fair value for his services on the transfer market. Over the last two weeks Hernandez’s reps have asked United to lower their expectations to as little as £6 million, half of what United could realistically take back.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy is hesitant though to start any sort of discussions regarding Hernandez. The Guardian reports Tottenham are worried any conversation involving Hernandez will eventually evolve into talks over Kane.
Instead, Spurs have turned their attention to Basel striker Breel Embolo and Lyon’s Clinton N’Jie. Daily Mirror reports the 18-year-old Embolo caught the eye of Pochettino’s scouts with his brace against Luzern last weekend and his value is growing by the day around Europe.
Embolo is coming off a 10-goal run in the Swiss Super League last season, and Spurs are reportedly in the lead to sign him for as much as £10 million, though Aston Villa, West Brom, and West Ham are also interested.
A deal for N’Jie inched closer to fruition on Wednesday as Daily Telegraph reported Tottenham and Ligue 1’s Lyon agreed to a £12 million fee, with £10 million paid up front and £2 million bonuses included.
The final step is for the 21-year-old Cameroonian to undergo a medical in London, and his addition certainly falls in line with Pochettino’s call for a faster pace in his attack, The Telegraph points out.
After spending his youth career with Paris Saint-Germain, N’Jie made his senior debut for Lyon in 2012 and has since scored seven goals in 37 appearances. And in the last year alone he’s earned 11 caps and six goals for Cameroon’s senior squad.