The Daily Mirror are of the opinion that Tottenham Hotspur are on the cusp of completing a deal for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen.
A price of £16m will prise the Netherlands international away from AFAS Stadion, a sum Spurs, West Ham United and Paris Saint-Germain have all agreed to pay.
However, it is reported that the Dutchman has denied the latter pair the privilege of paying his wages as he has eyes only for north London.
With reports also doing that rounds that talisman Harry Kane will decorate the dotted line of a new deal (without wearing any England gear, lest he scribble wide of the specified area, undermining the legality of the contract) at White Hart Lane, it appears Janssen has been sounded out to provide additional firepower to Mauricio Pochettino’s first-choice line-leader.
Kane endured a high-profile goal drought at the start of the previous campaign, not scoring in the Premier League until late September, then failing to find the net for another month after that.
In total, the 22-year-old notched just once in nine top-flight matches last time around and was also off target in three Europa League outings and a League Cup appearance.
Spurs suffered almost as much as Kane on his barren spell, winning just two of the league matches in which he didn’t score at the start of the season.
Just 11 points were procured from a possible 24 in this spell, with Spurs ultimately missing out on the title by 11 points.
This doesn’t tell the true tale of how tight the margin might’ve been had it not been for a May capitulation; Spurs were just five points behind eventual champions Leicester City with four games remaining.
Had Kane been firing at the start of the season, it may well have facilitated a title win, but 2015/16 wasn’t the first campaign in which the England striker took a while to get going.
He didn’t register a league goal until November of 2014/15 before, though his role was admittedly a bit-part one when the season began.
Signing a striker capable of getting goals as summer fades to autumn will be key if Spurs are to remain in the top-four picture next season (they’re currently even money to do so) but it’s debatable whether Janssen is the man to provide them.
His first season at AZ brought 27 Eredivisie goals but, like Kane, he took a while to align his sights.
Janssen was scoreless across his first nine outings last time around and it’s difficult to imagine him developing laser-eye early-season accuracy as he acclimatises to life in the Premier League.