By Wayne Veysey

27th Sep, 2020 | 10:55am

Exclusive: Tottenham bid to sign Serie A star collapses after London talks

Tottenham are to be dealt a blow as their bid to sign Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik is set to collapse, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The London club have held talks with the 26-year-old’s representatives in the capital within the last 48 hours but now expect to miss out on his signature.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that the centre-forward does not want to be back up to Harry Kane despite the offer of a lucrative contract.

Napoli are looking to cash in on the Polish striker before the 5 October transfer deadline, rather than lose him on a free next summer, as he has entered the final 12 months of his contract.

He was in talks to sign for AS Roma earlier this month but the move stalled leaving the door open for the Lilywhites to complete a deal.

However, the Poland international wants first team guarantees despite Spurs offering him a £90,000-a-week contract and £5million signing-on fee, as revealed by Football Insider.

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Milik has scored an impressive 48 goals in 122 appearances for the Serie A club following his £28million arrival from Ajax in 2016.

He has often been the backup striker to Dries Mertens at the San Paolo Stadium and the £63million signing of Victor Osimhen from Lille this summer has seen him slip further down the pecking order.

Jose Mourinho and Daniel Levy are in agreement that Spurs need to sign a senior centre-forward before the window shuts having suffered a striker crisis earlier this year after injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.

The London club have already bolstered their attack with the addition of Gareth Bale, who joined on a season-long loan deal from Real Madrid last week.

In other Tottenham news, Noel Whelan has told Football Insider that 24-year-old may be manufacturing his exit from the club after big Fabrizio Romano update.