Tottenham Hotspur and Porto have reportedly started talking about Mehdi Taremi’s move to London amid the uncertainty surrounding Harry Kane’s future.
They were interested in the Iran international before snapping up Noah Okafor from RB Salzburg, meaning Tottenham have a clear path to the marksman’s signature.
Milan’s withdrawal from the race hasn’t changed Porto’s stance as the Portuguese heavyweights stick to their €30m valuation of Sergio Conceicao’s most prolific goalscorer.
While a minimal gap between Spurs’ prospective opening bid and Porto’s asking price offers plenty of optimism regarding a potential deal, Tottenham must address Kane’s future first.
Spurs chairman Daniel Levy has been given a deadline to decide on Bayern Munich’s final offer for the 30-year-old after blocking the Bavarians’ attempts to sign him every step of the way.
Levy’s position remains the same – he is willing to use every tool at his disposal to keep hold of his talismanic forward, regardless of the player’s desire to leave London.
Kane’s deal at Tottenham expires next summer, and there’s a realistic chance he could stay put only to cut his long-term association with the club in 12 months.
But even if he stays, Spurs could sign Taremi to bolster Ange Postecoglou’s centre-forward options after refusing to take up the buyout option in Arnaut Danjuma’s loan deal at the end of last season.
Richarlison’s first season in the capital was underwhelming and the new Tottenham boss craves a new prolific scorer to solidify his team’s top-four prospects in the upcoming Premier League campaign.
Taremi, who left Rio Ave for Porto in 2020, stood out at the Estadio do Dragao last season, amassing an astonishing 31 goals and 14 assists from 51 competitive appearances.
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