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Mourinho: I want and need a new striker

The Tottenham boss is looking for some competition for Harry Kane in the centre-forward role

2:57pm on Friday 11th September 2020
Martin Macdonald

Jose Mourinho insists that Tottenham need a new striker in this transfer window, but "honestly" believes that the club will be able to recruit someone.

Harry Kane is currently the only senior starting centre-forward at the club, and since Mourinho has arrived he has been keen to bring in someone to share the goalscoring burden, not only as back up, but also as competition.

Over the past couple of weeks, they have been linked with Arkadiusz Milik of Napoli, Patson Daka or RB Salzburg, Gareth Bale of Real Madrid, and even Diego Costa of Atletico Madrid.

However, on the eve on the Premier League starting for the 2020/21 campaign, no attacking recruits have been brought in.

Mourinho has faith that they will eventually sign a centre-forward, though.


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"I want, I need a striker," Mourinho said ahead of Tottenham's opening game of the season against Everton this weekend.

"But I want to make it very, very clear that the club knows that I need a striker and they also want a striker."

"Are we going to get one? I believe so, I honestly believe so. The team needs it for the balance of the squad."

The Portuguese boss stressed that no new recruit would be an automatic back up to Kane.

"I don't like that word 'back-up'," he continued,

"I know we have one of the best strikers in the world. The best striker in England. But I don't like the word 'back-up'. A squad is a squad.

"A striker can play with Harry Kane. A striker who comes here won't be filling the back-up situation.

"It's not to support us in such a difficult season. It's also to try and play. And why not play with Harry?"

Mourinho took over Spurs when they were 14th last season and guided them to sixth to qualify for the Europa League.

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