Tottenham Hotspur are in the market for a new striker and have a four-man shortlist that includes Timo Werner and Mario Gotze, according to BILD’s Christian Falk
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been left without a proper striker after Harry Kane’s injury a few weeks ago and his absence is being pungently felt by the club.
Tottenham failed to score for four hours in the immediate aftermath of Kane’s injury and have lacked the finishing touch that they are used to him applying.
Despite their brilliance, Lucas Moura and Heung Min Son are not out and out strikers and the duo has been guilty of squandering chances that you would expect a striker to finish.
Both of them were guilty of the same in Saturday’s FA Cup draw against Southampton which ended 1-1 after Sofiane Boufal cancelled out Son’s opener.
According to Falk, Spurs have pinpointed four strikers – Wout Weghorst (Wolfsburg), Paco Alcácer (BVB), Mario Götze (BVB), Timo Werner (Leipzig) – who can not only act as back-up for Kane but also complement him when he is fit.
Kane has led the line for Tottenham single-handedly for years now and his injuries in the past have coincided with a dip in form in the past and if Tottenham truly want to be amongst the top teams, they need more than one world class striker in their ranks.
A deal for Timo Werner would be huge coup with the German unlikely to leave as his side chase their first Bundesliga table under manager Julian Nagelsmann.
Leipzig are top of the table in the German top division, one point ahead of record champions Bayern Munich.
Dortmund forward Mario Gotze might consider a move to England especially with Erling Haaland’s explosive arrival set to reduce his playing time at Signal Iduna Park.
Gotze’s versatility can help him fit into the side even when Kane is fit and that may be an added incentive for Spurs CEO Daniel Levy to pursue his signature.
Christian Eriksen has left the club and Gotze can fit into the number 10 slot as well that will be vacated by the Dane.
Paco Alcacer and Wout Weghorst can prove to be able backups to Kane but Spurs have seen that such a signing doesn’t always work in the cases of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente.
Mourinho would want his boss Levy to act fast with less than a week of the transfer window left and the Portuguese still having to name a full match squad without a proper striker as was the case against Southampton.