Tottenham are in the midst of a busy transfer window as new boss Nuno Espirito Santo looks to challenge for the coveted top four positions in next season’s Premier League.
The Portuguese coach has already seen Spanish playmaker Bryan Gil, Italian goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini and Argentine centre-back Cristian Romero added to the ranks this summer in a bid to freshen up his squad.
Star striker Harry Kane’s future also remains uncertain given constant links to reigning league champions Manchester City. The England captain added fuel to the fire by failing to show up for pre-season training on Monday following his holiday in the Bahamas.
However, the 28-year-old has since attempted to quash rumours that he has boycotted training, claiming that he will be back at the club on Saturday morning “as planned.”
The Lilywhites are in need of a striker even if Kane does decide to stay after Brazilian youngster Carlos Vinicius’ loan deal with the club expired at the end of June, resulting in a plethora of centre-forwards being linked with a move to N17 in recent weeks.
One of these strikers is Torino captain Andrea Belotti, with Corriere Granata reporting that Spurs hold an interest in the Italian international, who has less than 12 months remaining on his current deal with the Serie A side.
In fact, the north London club have previously been linked with the 27-year-old as Sky Italia reported last summer that they had seen a loan bid rejected by the Turin outfit last year.
And Torino boss Ivan Juric has now urged Belotti to stay at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino Stadium next season.
He said: “I want (Belotti) to tell me: ‘Coach, I want to stay here. I’m your captain, let’s go to war.’
“I hope he will be convinced he can score 20 goals with this team. That’s my idea.
“I understand Andrea might have some concerns after two disappointing years. But I start from scratch and say two years ago Belotti was an absolute top player – but he hasn’t been in the last two years.
“I don’t think he played a good season (in 2020/21). But if Belotti works properly, I’m convinced we will get back a great centre-forward. But he must regain the real spark, which he might have lost in recent years.”
Belotti has established himself as one of the most consistent strikers in Serie A in recent years, notching 105 goals in 228 games for Torino, numbers that read even more impressive considering they finished a measly 17th last term.
Source by Football London