Icardi is also being pursued by Atletico Madrid .

Tottenham bid for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi

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Tottenham have reportedly tabled a bid of £38million for Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi. 

That's according to well-respected Italian publication Corriere dello Sport, who are reporting that Spurs are willing to break their existing transfer record to ensure they have capable back-up for Harry Kane next season. 

Spurs' current record is £30million, which they splashed out for Erik Lamela, and it's clear that if they are to get their man this time around, he isn't going to come cheap. 


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Atletico also keen

In fact, the Lilywhites are now embroiled in a bidding war with Atletico Madrid, who are also hoping to sign Icardi. 

The Daily Mail have it that Atleti have already offered Inter £29million, while manager Diego Simeone has even gone to the extraordinary lengths of speaking to Icardi's wife. 

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However, if we've learned anything from this transfer window so far, it's that money talks, so Spurs may have to blow the La Liga side out of the water if they're to bring the Argentina international, who has one cap for his country, to White Hart Lane. 

Both of his potential destinations have Argentinian managers, so Spurs cannot even rely on the charm of Icardi's compatriot Mauricio Pochettino to sway the balance. 

Spurs' options 

Yet, if Icardi does choose to move to Spain, Pochettino has plenty of other options and has already made a bid for AZ Alkmaar's highly-rated striker Vincent Janssen. 

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Given Kane's disappointing form for England at Euro 2016, Spurs' hunt for another striker is becoming increasingly frantic.

Icardi seems like a pretty decent option, having scored almost a half century of goals for Inter, but given that Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy was tentative about spending big money on Michy Batshuayi - who has since moved to Chelsea - it remains to be seen whether he will go any higher if the Nerazzurri reject the initial offer. 

Which striker would you like to see at Spurs? Have your say in the comments. 

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