Tottenham Hotspur remain in the transfer market looking for a striker, as they look for cover should Harry Kane pick up an injury during the Premier League 2020-21 season.
The club have often been hit hard when the England captain has been ruled out for a number of months and are constantly looking for a player that could help carry the load.
The market that they will be shopping in will be a very select one, as they will be looking for a player that will be happy to sit on the bench throughout much of the season, as there is no doubting that Kane will remain their number one striker. But, which players could Spurs look at bringing in?
Danny Ings has been linked with a move to Spurs throughout the summer, but Southampton are reluctant to allow one of their best players move this summer. This deal is hugely unlikely given that Ings was among the top scorers in the league last term and is knocking on the door of the England squad.
A move to Tottenham would see his game time decreased, which will mean that he will fall behind a number of other strikers in the battle for a place in the England Euro 2021 squad.
Ings was one of the players of the season in 2019-20, as he scored 22 goals in 38 Premier League games. His goals were vital in helping the Saints remain in the Premier League, and another move at this point of his career would hinder his form.
He has already scored two goals in two Premier League games this term. Spurs would also have to pay over £30 million for his services, and it would seem unlikely that they would be willing to pay that.
Eintracht Frankfurt’s Bas Dost is another player that Tottenham have reportedly been looking at as a potential back-up for Kane. The 31-year-old would offer a completely different option for Spurs, as he is more of a target man than a natural goalscorer. Dost is best with his back to goal, as he thrives at bringing his teammates into play.
He averaged six winning aerial duals per game and has scored one goal in the Bundesliga already this term. His most prolific seasons came during his time with Sporting Lisbon, as he scored 93 goals in 127 games. Dost would present an interesting proposition for Spurs, but any likelihood on the transfer happening will likely hinge on the transfer fee that Frankfurt will ask for.
The short-term future of Troy Deeney has been something that has been widely reported throughout the summer transfer window. There is no doubting that he has proven Premier League quality, and he has already insisted that he is open to offers this summer.
Deeney has been at Watford for ten years now and has been an ever-present in their Premier League starting line-ups for the last five. He might not boost the pace of a horse in the TwinSpires Breeders Cup odds, but his finishing abilities still make him a decent sub for Kane.
He is a natural leader, which would mean that he would seamlessly fit into the Spurs team with the experience that he offers.
Troy scored at least ten Premier League goals in three of the five seasons that he played in the top-flight. Watford would be keen on keeping their captain, as it would boost their chances of an immediate return to the top-flight.
However, a season-long loan could be agreed as a move to Spurs would present an excellent opportunity for Deeney to show that he can play at the highest level. It could be the easiest of the three deals to pull off.