Spurs want to strengthen strikeforce with more English talent


Tottenham relied too heavily on scoring sensation Harry Kane last season, but that could all change for the 2015/16 campaign if the latest rumours bear fruit.

The north London club, who finished fifth last season, are the latest Premier League outfit to be linked with a move for QPR commodity Charlie Austin.

Like the man he could join at White Hart Lane, the 26-year-old hit the net with impressive regularity last season, finishing up the campaign three shy of Kane’s top-flight tally of 21.

Austin’s fine efforts still couldn’t prevent the R’s from the drop however, and now the Championship club have stuck a £15m valuation on their prize asset.

As the Daily Mirror report, this price tag is thought to have deterred the likes of West Ham and Newcastle from biting the bullet this summer, though Tottenham could be prepared to cough up the cash.

Spurs transfer guru Daniel Levy is thought to have freed the funds for manager Mauricio Pochettino to go after the forward, who earned his first England call up during the same season as Kane.

The prospect of fielding the two international teammates up front clearly appeals to the Lilywhites boss who is looking to shake up a frontline which, aside from Kane, misfired last term.

Offloading Emmanuel Adebayor, even on loan, looks to be a priority for Pochettino, while expensive flop Roberto Soldado can’t be relied upon to supplement Kane with goals, if he stays on at the Lane.

A cursory glance at Spurs odds of 13/2 to break into the top four this season reveals that strengthening their strikeforce is paramount to have a genuine chance of defying them.

Capturing Austin would be a positive step in the right direction.

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Christian Crowther

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