Tottenham will seemingly be made to wait 12 months if they want to sign Patson Daka from Red Bull Salzburg, according to Sky Sports transfer expert Dharmesh Sheth. Spurs are keen to recruit back-up for Harry Kane.
Daka has been linked to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having excellent with Salzburg last season.
He scored 27 times in 45 appearances across all competitions last season and played home and away against Liverpool in the Champions League group stages.
The Zambian return of 24 goals in the Austrian Bundesliga was only beaten by Wolfsberger’s Shon Weissman, who managed 29 and has since moved to Spain.
Such form meant that Erling Braut Haaland was not missed too much after his January move to Borussia Dortmund and Salzburg comfortably defended their title.
Daka already has four goals this season too, and from just one appearance, with Salzburg having hammered third-tier SW Bregenz 10-0 in the first round of the Austrian Cup.
But the 21-year-old has no desire to leave Salzburg this summer, with his agent – former Spurs striker Freddie Kanoute – informing the north London club of such.
Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik is an alternative target as Spurs look to sign a new frontman before the window shuts on October 5.
Yet with Daka’s long-term potential, he is a player that the Premier League club may return to in the future, perhaps next summer.
South African outlet FARPost claim Daka has also attracted interest from Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United, as well as the likes of Marseille, Lille, Lyon and RB Leipzig, Salzburg’s sister club.
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But Sheth reckons that Kanoute’s links to Spurs, where he played for two years and scored 21 goals in 73 appearances, will give Jose Mourinho an advantage over his competitors in the transfer market.
“He is someone they have been interested in this transfer window but Tottenham have been told that he is staying at Red Bull Salzburg for now,” Sheth said of Daka on The Transfer Show.
“Interestingly, Daka is represented by the former Tottenham striker Freddie Kanoute, so there’s a relationship there between Kanoute and Tottenham.
“I’m sure Kanoute will be keeping Tottenham abreast of Daka’s future plans.”
Spurs’ search for a striker to both serve as back-up to Kane but also present an option for Mourinho to play with two up top continues.
Sky Sports say Napoli want as much as £32.5m for Milik, who has one year left on his contract, and Spurs are being put off by such a price tag.
Watford’s Troy Deeney, 32, is another potential short-term solution after the Hornets’ relegation to the Championship.
Deeney has admitted his future is uncertain despite being Watford captain although it remains to be seen whether or not he will actually leave Vicarage Road.
Mourinho said on Friday: “I want a striker. But I want to make it very clear that the club – if you want to call it the club or the structure above me – knows I need a striker and they also want a striker.
“I believe we will get a striker, I honestly believe so.
“The other day Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool is not a club of oligarchs or belonging to countries.
“We are the same so we are not the kind of club that can go to the market and spend a fortune on players.
“But we are working hard, we all are working hard. I want to make it very, very clear, to give us a good balance to the squad.
“That good balance would nee to get one more striker to the team.”
The Londoners start their season against Everton on home soil this Sunday (4.30pm kick-off, live on Sky Sports) but are unlikely to have Giovani Lo Celso available due to injury. Harry Winks should however be fit again after missing England duty.
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