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Tottenham Hotspur Submit Bid For This Striker: Why Mourinho Must Prioritise This Deal & Get It Done

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According to a recent report by the Daily Express, Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur are said to have submitted a £4.5m bid, in an attempt to acquire the services of Fenerbahce forward Vedat Muriqi. The report suggests that the Kosovo international striker is one of Jose Mourinho’s main targets for the summer transfer window and that he is expected to address Spurs’ striking concerns from the last league campaign.

Muriqi, currently contracted to the Turkish club till 2023, has seemingly attracted interest from the Serie A too, with Lazio and Napoli also interested in his services, as has been reported by Aspor. While Lazio are said to have contacted the player’s agent regarding an asking price, Napoli are looking to identify a replacement for Arkadiusz Milik, who could be sold this summer. Even with that said though, it can be argued that it is the London club that most need an additional striker in their ranks at this time.

Tottenham Submit Bid For Vedat Muriqi: What Is The Current Strike Situation At Spurs?

The current Premier League season has been an excellent example of the London club’s major shortcomings in the striking department, with Harry Kane still the only recognised option that Mourinho has at his disposal.

While it could be said that Troy Parrott is also available, his tender age and alarming lack of experience make playing the youngster at such a competitive level a major risk. Not only could it damage the team’s flow, but it also has the potential to deter the Englishman’s development as a footballer.

Tottenham Submit Bid For Vedat Muriqi - Muriqi in action during a match
MUNICH, GERMANY – JULY 30: Benjamin Pavard (L) of Muenchen challenges Vedat Muriqi of Fenerbahce during the Audi Cup 2019 semi final match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Fenerbahce at Allianz Arena on July 30, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The injury to Harry Kane around midway through the Premier League campaign had extremely dire effects on Mourinho’s team. The gaffer was then forced to experiment with his squad, with the likes of Lucas Moura, Heung-Min Son and even Dele Alli being given run-outs in the central striking role. It didn’t take very long for them to realise though, that the addition of a new striker was an absolute necessity in the next transfer window.

What Makes Vedat Muriqi An Attractive Option For Tottenham Hotspur?

26-year-old Kosovo international Vedat Muriqi has been in fine form throughout the current league campaign, having notched up a stellar record of 13 goals and five assists from 25 Super Lig outings. A tall and physically well-built striker, Muriqi would offer a very different kind of skill-set to that of Kane, and would hence be a good option for the North London club. Standing at over 1.94m tall, the Fenerbahce man would give Spurs the option of playing a much more direct brand of football – something they haven’t been able to do in Kane’s prolonged absence.

 Should Jose Mourinho Get This Deal Over The Line?

At 26, Muriqi still has the best years of his career ahead of him, while Jose Mourinho has historically been adept at bringing the best out of already experienced strikers. While the fact that most of the Kosovo international’s experience has been in the Turkish League could be a drawback, his excellent physical attributes make him well-suited to Mourinho’s combative playing style. The need for a new striker at Tottenham has been no secret this season, and all things considered, Muriqi will be as good an option as any for the Lilywhites at this point.

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