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Report: Tottenham identify Ligue 1 star as primary target to strengthen attack

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Tottenham to focus on Habib Diallo to strengthen attack

According to Football.london, Tottenham Hotspur have decided to focus solely on Metz centre-forward Habib Diallo in order to reinforce the attacking department.

It is no secret that the club are in dire need of a new striker. Spurs’ manager Jose Mourinho has Harry Kane as the only option for the centre-forward role currently, after having loaned out Troy Parrott.

While Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn can play through the middle neither are natural in the position. And going into the season without a natural backup for Kane would be football suicide.

Harry Kane scored against West Ham on Tuesday
Tottenham need a backup for Harry Kane

Tottenham have been linked with a host of forwards in recent weeks, with Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson being a prominent name. However, as per the report, the club will now discard the interest in the Englishman and will completely turn their attention towards Diallo. (h/t Football.london)

The 25-year-old Diallo has been with Metz since 2013, having joined them from Generation Foot academy in Senegal. He had two loan spells with Stade Brest, before becoming a regular at the club since 2018.

Diallo led Metz’s promotion push to Ligue 1, bagging 26 goals in the second division in the 2018/19 campaign. Having helped them get promoted, the striker once again impressed in the curtailed 2019/20 season in the top-flight, scoring 12 times in 26 outings.

Tottenham had made enquiries for the striker in the January transfer window, but a deal could not be worked out. However, the club is now intent on landing the striker. (h/t Football.london)

Habib Diallo
Habib Diallo scored 12 goals in 26 games for Metz last season (Image credit: Getty)

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A strong character with leadership mentality and a physical presence, Diallo would fit in perfectly into the plans of manager Mourinho. The striker himself as hinted that he would want to join Tottenham as well. It remains to be seen if the 25-year-old makes the move to London before the window closes.

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