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Tottenham's next striker targets

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He exceptional debut season in the Spurs first team squad but Harry Kane now finds himself under an increasing amount of pressure to perform.

Tallying up an impressive 21 goals in 28 starts for Spurs Kane ensured himself a place beneath the spotlight.

Kane's form caught Roy Hodgson's attention and resulted in an full England international call up, in which Kane managed to net his first goal within 79 seconds of coming on as a substitute in a 4-0 win over Lithuania. 

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Following the start of the Premier League season, Kane has gone four games without finding the back of the net, resulting in a growing discontent amongst the White Heart Lane faithful.

Spurs' limited striking options, following the departure of Roberto Soldado for a reported £12 million to Villarreal, means pressure to find goals falls almost solely upon Kane's shoulders. 

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Spurs recently signed Lyon forward Clinton N'Jie for a fee believed to be around £10 million with add-ons on a five-year deal.

The Cameroon international scored eight goals in 43 appearances for the Ligue 1 side, adding a further nine assists. The 22-year-old forward can operate behind a strike partner though is more frequently used as a winger.

With this in mind it seems clear that despite N'Jie's talent the former Lyon striker will not be the answer to Tottenham supporters' prayers. 

With the knowledge of their need to add depth up front Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham tabled several bids for West Brom striker Saido Berahino, the last of which in excess of £20 million was rejected and the transfer deadline passed. 

Forced to wait until January to strengthen there are several options that Spurs could look to should goals remain an issue. 

Charlie Austin

The Queens Park Rangers striker proved himself to be an adequate goalscorer, despite QPR's relegation, netting 18 goals in 35 appearances last season for the struggling side. Austin could be available for the reasonable fee, which is staggering considering the fee's English players often demand in the current transfer climate.

Possibly one of the more surprising stories of an active transfer window was the lack of interest shown in the 26-year-old frontman. 

Alexandre Lacazette

A rather more high profile option is Lyon's top-scoring forward Lacazette. With an impressive 27 goals in 33 games for Ligue 1's second-placed team last year Lacazette provides a proven goalscoring alternative. At the age of 24, the French international has plenty of room to improve and develop further.

However, Lacazette's transfer value could be at least £21 million due to his success last season and the chances are Lyon will request significantly more. 

Karim Benzema

By far the most unlikely of transfer targets is Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema.

The Frenchman, who scored 15 goals in 29 appearances in Liga BBVA during the season, is often overshadowed by the strike power of Cristiano Ronaldo but is known for being a high quality goalscorer.

Valued around £35 million, it is unlikely that Real Madrid will part with one of their prized assets, and it is also unlikely Benzema would leave to a club not competing in the Champions League.

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