With the transfer deadline only hours away, Tottenham are racing to secure the signatures of notable forwards and midfielders to climb out of their early winless hole. The transfer window will close at 6 p.m. GMT, or 1 p.m. ET.
Spurs are reportedly exploring a third bid for long-coveted West Brom striker Saido Berahino, as well as Newcastle forward Ayoze Perez, West Ham midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate, and Southampton defensive midfielder Victor Wanyama.
Perez and Kouyate are new targets for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, but both could stand as contingencies should Spurs miss out on Berahino and Wanayama.
Daily Mirror reports Tottenham president Daniel Levy is still contemplating a third bid for Berahino, a versatile scorer who desires a switch to White Hart Lane but the Hawthorns have managed to resist Levy’s two previous overtures.
Levy was reportedly discussing a £22-million deal, which could rise to £25 million with add-ons, for Berahino, according to The Mirror, and even though Baggies chairman Jeremy Peace has repeatedly stated Berahino won’t be moved the squad’s manager Tony Pulis has resigned to "let the player go."
Should the Berahino deal fall through, Spurs may convince Perez to leave Newcastle after only a year, according to Daily Mail. The 22-year-old Spanish striker was acquired for £1 million from Tenerife last summer, and found the back of the net seven times for the Magpies.
Evidently, Perez is happy at Newcastle, serving as the squad’s lone bright spot after a poor overall run last term, but Spurs believe they could strike a deal worth £15 million and convince Perez to move to London.
Kouyate’s potential acquisition could be much tougher for Levy and Spurs. Daily Mail also reports that West Ham not only rejected Tottenham’s £15-million bid but even insisted he will not be moved.
The 25-year-old Senegalese spent the bulk of his early career with Belgian side Anderlecht, but made his way to the Hammers last season and thus far has made 34 appearances and netted six goals.
Spurs were hoping to cash in on Wanyama’s discontent with Southampton, and in particular his recent strife with manager Ronald Koeman. However, Sky Sports, citing sources, reports he won’t be sold due to St. Mary’s already losing Morgan Schneiderlin to Manchester United earlier this summer.