‘Tottenham to sign striker’


Jose Mourinho says Tottenham are “working very hard” to sign a striker.

Harry Kane is the only recognised striker in Spurs’ first-team squad this season, with HeungMin Son often deputising for the England captain when he is out injured. But the Spurs head coach, who says he “needs a striker”, is confident the club will meet his demands in the transfer window.

“I want a striker,” said Mourinho at a news conference ahead of Spurs’ Premier League opener at home to Everton today. But I want to make it very clear that the club – if you want to call it the club or the structure above me – knows I need a striker and they also want a striker. I believe we will get a striker, I honestly believe so.”


Mourinho has spent in the region of £30m on the signings of free agent goalkeeper Joe Hart, rightback Matt Doherty from Wolves and midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg from Southampton this summer. The former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Manchester United boss says he “does not envy” his rivals that are free to spend big this summer, insisting he is “so happy” with the squad he has following his three arrivals.

“The other day Jurgen Klopp said Liveprool is not a club of oligarchs or belonging to countries,” he said.

“We are the same so we are not the kind of club that can go to the market and spend a fortune on players.” Mourinho was also asked directly about the transfer business of his former employees, Chelsea, who have spent nearly £200m on six signings this summer.


“Good for them if the club can do it and if that is their priority … They are what they are, they do what they do,” he said.

Mourinho also said he is “happy” for left-back Danny Rose to leave the club. Rose, who has a year remaining on his contract at Spurs, is wanted by Serie A club Genoa, according to Sky in Italy. It is understood that Genoa have held discussions with the north London club for Rose.

Mourinho claimed to be in the dark about potential suitors for Rose but made it clear the 30-year-old is not in his plans for the season and said it would be “very good for him” to go to Genoa.—

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