Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino revealed last week that finding a replacement for the injured Harry Kane would be ‘impossible’.
Those comments hinted at another inactive transfer window, however dealings elsewhere could be set to change the thinking of the Spurs manager.
Spanish media outlet Marca are reporting that Tottenham have set their sights on Atletico Madrid striker Nikola Kalinic.
Those reports come following the news that Alvaro Morata is set to join the La Liga outfit, which could make way for Spurs to swoop in on the in-demand Croatian forward.
With Kane, Dele Alli, Lucas Moura and Son Heung-min all unavailable for Tottenham, an incoming striker would be a huge boost to their Premier League title hopes.
Spurs are currently nine points behind the league leaders and the form of their current replacement forward isn’t good enough to help bridge that gap.
Fernando Llorente has managed to score just once in the Premier League for Tottenham since joining the club last season, and on Sunday he found the back of his own net in their tense 2-1 victory over Fulham.
Spurs had to rely on an injury-time winner from Harry Winks to spare Llorente’s blushes following his own-goal, and that performance may lead to Pochettino snapping up Kalinic while he is available.
The Croatian international has scored all four of his goals this season in his last eight appearances, featuring a total of 19 times so far this campaign.
The 31-year-old Tottenham target has played in the Premier League before, spending two seasons with Blackburn Rovers between 2009 and 2011.
In his 54 appearances in England Kalinic managed to score 15 times, and has struggled to force his way into Atletico starting line-up so far this season.
If the striker arrives in London to link-up with Tottenham it would at least give Pochettino another forward option, as he eagerly awaits the return of talisman Kane.