12 goals in 17 games: Tottenham in two-way PL battle for prolific hitman with £35m release clause - report
By Matt Farr
Tottenham are considering a move for Porto hitman Moussa Marega in the summer, according to a report.
The Sun claim that Mauricio Pochettino has identified the 25-year-old as a potential target to increase the competition in attack alongside current Tottenham goalscorer Harry Kane.
However, Tottenham would have to stump up the cash to stand any chance of signing Marega, with a release clause in his contract worth £35million.
Marega made a name for himself in the lower leagues of French football before making his move to Portugal with Maritimo, where he eventually caught the eye of top-tier giants, FC Porto.
But Tottenham are now understood to be ready to offer him a move to the Premier League, as the Mali international continues to impress whilst on loan at Vitoria Guimaraes.
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He has scored 12 goals from just 17 league appearances whilst on loan at the top-tier club.
His contract with the Portuguese giants is set to run until 2020, but Tottenham are hoping to push through a deal that would see him quit this summer.
They are though, likely to face stiff competition for his signature, with Liverpool reportedly also keen on the goalscorer’s services.
Both Premier League sides are in need of goalscoring reinforcements, with Spurs in particular becoming increasingly reliant on Kane for their goals.
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It is one of those potential transfers that could go either way. But it looks as though it could follow the same path as Tottenham flop Clinton N’Jie, albeit at a bigger financial cost. Spurs bagged N’Jie back in the summer of 2015 after catching the eye of Pochettino in France, but he has failed to make any significant impact at White Hart Lane. Plucking Marega out from the relative unknown will be another considerable risk for Pochettino, particularly when the club might find themselves in a position this summer to attract much bigger, more household names to the club.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Pochettino is eyeing a cut-price deal for this Real Madrid ace (not Isco).