Spurs are looking for a reliable backup forward for Harry Kane ahead of next season and Antonio Conte and Fabio Paratici’s Italian connections could help them sign the perfect candidate
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Tottenham Hotspur are still unsure whether Harry Kane will be on their books ahead of next season but considering that he will be they are looking at a move for his next potential replacement this summer.
Spurs have struggled in recent years to find the perfect candidate for the role, with many forwards unwilling to play second fiddle to a reliable goalscorer like Kane, and it has often caused problems when the England international is not on the field side was.
But according to Tuttosport about sports witness the north London club could turn to Italy international and Torino striker Andrea Belotti to solve their striker crisis as his current contract expires this summer.
Kane has the spearhead Tottenham since breaking onto the first-team scene in 2014, he has become one of the country’s deadliest strikers, scoring 243 goals in north London in 377 games in all competitions.
But, oddly enough, this was part of the club’s downfall in forward recruitment, with many top targets turning down the opportunity to join the club to play as a replacement for someone who produces and knows the game as regularly as Kane Time is certainly limited.
This left them with the likes of Roberto Soldado, Fernando Llorente and more recently Carlos Vinicius to cover for Kane whenever he wasn’t on the side and neither could fully step on the plate whenever called upon.
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But one now hopes that Belotti could be the answer to this problem. The 28-year-old’s current deal with Torino expires at the end of this season and looks set to leave as a free agent in the summer after scoring just four goals in an injury-hit season.
However, the 1.67-metre-tall forward has forged a remarkable reputation in Serie A since joining Torino almost seven years ago, scoring 109 goals in 244 games in all competitions for the Italian side, including 12 in 41 games for his Country.
And Belotti was part of the Italy side that won last summer’s Euro 2020, meaning he has plenty of experience on the international stage too and was tipped for a move to one of European football’s heavyweights before injuries ruined his current campaign.
Crucial to a move to north London is what next step Belotti wants to take in his career. He is entering his prime at 28 but four goals this season will make it difficult for him to arouse interest in becoming a regular at one of Italy’s biggest clubs.
Playing as a backup for Kane isn’t ideal, but it may have to be a route he’s weighing, especially knowing that should the England striker move on at some point, he may be given more opportunities in north London than initially anticipated. And with current manager Antonio Conte and sporting director Fabio Paratici at an advantage with their Italian ties to Belotti, it could certainly tempt him and favor the club if they try to strike a deal this summer.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/tottenham-target-andrea-belotti-transfer-26582413 Tottenham target Italy ace Andrea Belotti as a solution to the striker problem