Tottenham are outlining a surprise swoop for Crystal Palace forward Christian Benteke as Jose Mourinho efforts to sign a striker before the end of the transfer window.
Spurs have currently generated full-back Matt Doherty, goalkeeper Joe Hart and midfielder Pierre-Emile Højbjerg this summertime, and supports up front stay their final concern.
However, such is the status and dependence managed to Harry Kane in north London, finding a forward of the wanted quality who will be prepared to take on the Spurs talisman has actually shown tough.
The club have currently seen attempted moves for Alexander Sorloth and Arkadiusz Milik stop working to materialise, and according to Football Insider, they have turned their attentions to Benteke, with Mourinho offering ‘the thumbs-up’ for a late move for the Palace forward.
Despite Benteke discovering the net simply 6 times in the Premier League over the course of the last 3 seasons, Mourinho is said to be a fan of the Belgian international, having attempted to sign him while he was in charge at Manchester United.
Palace would likely favour the move if Spurs can provide an proper offer, with Benteke not a regular starter at Selhurst Park and the Eagles excited to minimize their wage bill.
The 29-year-old is a shown goal scorer in the Premier League, with 72 goals in 226 top flight appearances – 19 of which came throughout his completely remarkable debut season with Aston Villa in 2012/13. However, he has found the net simply 23 times in 116 games for Palace.
Mourinho has actually stayed determined that his side need a striker – but just one who wants to contend for his location.
“If the striker is afraid to come to Tottenham, and the striker is afraid of competition then I don’t want a striker,” the Spurs manager said. “If he says I don’t want to go because I don’t want to be in a squad where we have Harry Kane, Son, Lamela, Lucas Moura then, goodbye.”