Another France-based striker snubs Tottenham to join rivals

By Tony Hughes

Bournemouth have handed Tottenham another blow by securing the signature of La Havre striker Lys Mousset, it was announced on Thursday.

Eddie Howe’s team have signed the 20-year-old for a reported fee of £5.4million in what is a major victory over the Premier League rivals.

Bournemouth confirmed on their official website that France Under-20 international Mousset has penned a four-year contract.

It has been claimed by reliable French sports daily L’Equipe that Tottenham were one of a number of clubs from across Europe who had been keeping close tabs on the young forward, along with the likes of Southampton, Sevilla and CSKA Moscow.

It will be regarded as another blow in Spurs’ pursuit of a striker after they were stung on Wednesday by long-time Belgian target Michy Batshuayi opting to join London rivals Chelsea from Marseille while Swiss striker Breel Embolo transferred to German side Schalke last weekend.

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As reported by Football Insider, the north Londoners have also been unable to agree a fee with AZ Alkmaar for Holland international Vincent Janssen.

Mousset has joined Bournemouth from the French second division, where he has notched up 14 goals in 34 appearances since making his debut in 2014.

The French outfit are known for their famous academy which has most recently produced players such as Premier League winner Riyad Mahrez.

Bournemouth’s first season in the top flight of English football in the recently concluded Premier League season finished with them conformably securing safety.

Striker Josh King finished as their top scorer with six goals, but main striker Callum Wilson, who notched up five, did miss the majority of the campaign through injury.

In other Tottenham news, Arsenal fans ripped into Spurs striker Harry Kane for his dreadful performances at Euro 2016.