By Dominic Toner
Tottenham are lining up a January move for Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic, according to a report.
Italian outlet Calcio Mercato claim that the Croatian international may seek a move away from the Italian champions due to his secondary role behind Paulo Dybala.
It is reported that Spurs, Paris Saint-Germain, West Ham, Shanghai SIPG and Shanghai Shenhua are all interested in the striker.
Spurs may be tempted to pursue another attacker after summer signing Vincent Janssen has struggled to adjust to the Premier League, with the Dutchman still searching for his first goal from open play.
The club’s first-choice striker Harry Kane has just returned from a 10-game layout due to injury and manager Mauricio Pochettino may need the options with both domestic and European commitments this season.
Mandzukic is a recognised forward in Europe and has played at giant clubs such as Bayern Munich, Atletico Madrid, Wolfsburg and currently Juventus.
The 30-year-old has made 13 appearances this season and scored two goals, but completed 90 minutes on just five occasions.
His most prolific spell came during his 88 games for German champions Bayern, where he scored 48 goals and supplied 14 assists.
Mandzukic has never played in the Premier League, but would certainly add some top level experience to Spurs.
The north London club are planning a move for the striker and will face tough competition to beat the riches of French champions PSG.
In other Tottenham transfer news, a midfielder is trying to force a January move and the club are in the running.