Tottenham have increased their interest in Polish forward Krystztof Piatek, as the north London side look to bolster their frontline ahead of the closure of the January transfer window.
According to the Daily Star, AC Milan are currently holding out for a permanent deal worth around £30m for the forward, although Spurs would prefer a loan agreement after spending a fortune in the summer.
The 24-year-old has attracted interest from Premier League sides West Ham and Tottenham, despite only scoring four goals in this season’s Serie A so far.
However, Piatek is unlikely to be a regular starter for Milan, who are currently eighth in the Italian top division and sit just two points off sixth, edging ever closer to a place in Europe.
The forward played in Poland and Croatia, before making the move to Genoa in 2018. His impressive goalscoring record earned him a move to the San Siro, although he’s currently struggling to hold down a place in the starting eleven.
Spurs are in need of a striker after suffering the loss of England captain Harry Kane until April, who is sidelined with a severe hamstring injury. Fellow striker Fernando Llorente also left the club in the summer.
Mourinho’s side have already made one major signing in 21-year-old midfielder Gedson Fernandes, who has joined on an 18 month loan deal with a view to making the deal permanent in 2021.
The Portuguese midfielder joins the list of players who have already arrived at the Tottenham Hotspur stadium this season, as Daniel Levy looks to back Jose Mourinho with an injection of cash.
Jack Clarke, Tanguy Ndombele and Ryan Sessegnon all joined in the summer for a combined fee of around £90m, and Mourinho may make Piatek his fifth and final major signing of the season.
Edinson Cavani is another option currently being considered by the Tottenham board, although it has been reported that the Uruguayan has rejected this move to England.
Sixth place Spurs are currently level on points with Manchester United and Wolves in fifth and seventh place respectively.
However, they are still six points away from Chelsea who are in fourth place, and the Lilywhites will need to be consistent if they have any chance of finishing in a Champions League place at the end of the season.
The north London club travel to the south coast to take on Southampton in tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round tie at St Mary’s (3pm).