By Danny Wright

24th Aug, 2017 | 11:22am

Tottenham make emphatic decision in pursuit of international forward - reliable journalist

By Danny Wright

Tottenham have decided to cool their interest in Lazio forward Keita Balde, according to a reliable journalist.

Times reporter Gary Jacob claimed on his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning that Spurs have all but called off their pursuit of Balde, 22, even though they are yet to make any additions to their attacking force this summer.

It is also understood that Kevin Wimmer’s potential move to West Brom may also hit the skids with the Austrian defender unwilling to play at left-back in Tony Pulis’ tactics.

The Mirror reported earlier this month that 12-times Senegal international Balde was trying to force his way out of Stadio Olimpico with Tottenham and Juventus looking to do battle over his signature.

He was left out of the Lazio squad that faced Juve at the start of this season and took to social media to hit out at his employers as he attempted to create a fuss about his situation in Rome.

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However it now seems that Mauricio Pochettino and chairman Daniel Levy won’t be looking to snap up the wide-forward after all, even though he is in the last year of his contract and blew away all opponents before him last season as he scored 16 goals and provided six assists in 34 matches in all competitions.

Football Insider Verdict

Tottenham need to stop beating around the bush and make a huge statement by signing someone like Balde. The Senegalese international is very highly rated in European football and would easily be an improvement on someone like Heung-min Son, who is an excellent player for Pochettino. Balde is pacy, skillful and has an eye for goal – he would be the perfect addition to the squad. But it seems that Levy’s usual tight-fisted approach has hindered Tottenham yet again. The club simply won’t make any progress if it’s transfer policy doesn’t change soon. An injury or suspension to either Harry Kane and Dele Alli will throw Spurs’ season off the tracks, and that shouldn’t be allowed to happen.

In other Tottenham news, Spurs might want to rethink their decision on Balde with this 28-year-old set to jet out to complete his move to a European club on Friday.

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