Saturday, January 23, 2021

Spurs set to go back in for top striker target

According to Turkish outlet Askam, Spurs are set to return with a second, improved offer for striker Vedat Muriqi as they continue to scour the transfer market looking for a Harry Kane replacement.

According to the report, Spurs approached Muriqi’s team Fenerbahce earlier in the window but saw their offer rebuffed. Now, as the search intensifies and becomes a little more desperate, the North London outfit are set to return with an “improved offer” for the 25-year-old.

Muriqi is a Kosovan forward and is currently the third top scorer in the Turkish Super League having scored 11 goals in his 17 appearances so far this season. To add to that, Muriqi has assisted four goals for his teammates in the league too, along with a goal and an assist in the Turkish cup on top.

For Spurs, he would be seen as a replacement to the injured Harry Kane – so the longevity of his importance in the Spurs side should the move go through is up for debate. Once Kane returns to the fold next season, he will be relegated to the bench – so it remains to be seen whether or not he would be willing to do that given he’s about to come into the prime of his career.

As a player, he fits the typical Jose Mourinho striker profile that he usually likes to build his teams around. Standing at six foot four inches tall, he’s a real target man and focal point for the Spurs attack to revolve around. He would be expected to fill in and provide a similar service to the one offered by Fernando Llorente towards the end of last season.

New Spurs fit the Mourinho mould

Personally, I do think this could be a great option for Spurs for the long-term rather than just for the rest of the current season. According to TransferMarkt, the player is valued somewhere around the £10m mark – good value for a strong striker who most definitely has his best years ahead of him.

My biggest concern would be, as mentioned above, whether or not the player would be willing to join a club where he will be given a taste of being the focal point, only to play second fiddle to Kane from the start of next season. There are a lot of ifs and buts to this, and all transfers are a gamble – if they can get him for as low as £10m, Muriqi should most definitely become Spurs’ top target.

Something tells me that TransferMarkt’s valuation may be selling Muriqi a little short though – at that price, I struggle to believe it wouldn’t already be done and dusted. I’d personally wager that price would be significantly higher if the transfer ends up becoming a reality.

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