Tottenham draw up striker transfer shortlist – including Southampton star Ings

Tottenham have drawn up plans to bring in a new striker with Southampton star Danny Ings on their shortlist.

Jose Mourinho has been restricted to scraping the bargain bin this summer with the arrivals of Matt Doherty, Joe Hart and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg.

All three have joined for a combined fee of around £30m but a forward is high on the wish list.

Harry Kane remains firmly the key man in north London ahead of the new season.

But his injury worries have forced Spurs into looking for back-ups, with the club fully aware the lack of competition is affecting his fitness.

According to Football London, they have spread the net wide for a striker.

The club have been working on a shortlist of forwards and Southampton star Ings is included after a stunning season.

The England international scored 22 goals in the Premier League last season and had looked set to lead the line for the Saints again this campaign.

But Football London report that Spurs have taken an interest and he could be lining up along with Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg again soon, who also made the switch from the clubs.

However, Ings is not the only option that they are looking at – with Torino hotshot Andrea Belotti also linked.

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The report also states that Habib Diallo of Metz is being eyed, as well as Napoli star Arkadiusz Milik – who will see his contract expire next summer.

Closer to home, a late bid for Ollie Watkins failed after he joined Aston Villa instead while Callum Wilson was also considered.

Tottenham eventually decided that his £20m price tag was too much for a player considered injury-prone while also having little resale value.

Mourinho may also have areas of the squad that he needs to bolster, especially after the departure of Jan Vertonghen to Benfica.

The Belgium international has been a mammoth presence for Spurs in defence over the years and will be hard to replace.

Whether or not Tottenham sign another centre-back remains to be seen, though.

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