Tottenham Hotspur are said to have a “shortlist of five players” to replace Harry Kane, who moved to Bayern Munich last week.
On Saturday, Kane completed his €120 million move to Bayern, making his debut for the Bavarian giants just hours later in his side’s 3-0 German Super Cup defeat to RB Leipzig.
Kane is Tottenham’s all-time leading goalscorer, having scored 280 goals in 435 appearances for the club, with the first coming in December 2011.
It will be almost impossible to replace Kane, who some Spurs supporters regard as the club’s greatest player. However, Tottenham have reportedly come up with a five-man squad in an attempt to cushion the loss of the England captain.
According to the Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport, Tottenham have identified five potential replacements for Kane.
First up is Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. The Belgian striker’s potential move to Juventus has stalled, with Chelsea said to be likely to accept a £40m bid for the player.
Another player Spurs are said to be eyeing is Porto striker Mehdi Taremi, who scored 22 goals and provided eight assists in 33 Portuguese Super League games last season. The 31-year-old would cost £25 million.
Spurs have also been linked with Arsenal striker Folarin Balogun. The Gunners are said to want around €50m for their talent, who scored 22 goals on loan at Reims last season in Ligue 1.
Before Kane’s departure, Spurs had considered signing Gent’s 21-year-old Gift Orban, a Nigerian striker who scored nine goals in 10 games in Belgium last season.
Finally, Tottenham are said to be monitoring the situation of Juventus striker Dusan Vlahovic, but he is last on the wish list.