Tottenham join the hunt for Benfica hitman

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Tottenham Hotspur are facing a big few weeks.

After a disappointing season last time out there's a real focus in north London to put things right.

Spurs rallied to finish last term in sixth place after a torrid campaign in which nothing seemed to go right both on and off the pitch.

All things considered, a top six finish and a spot in the Europa League wasn't bad considering how mixed the season was.

But everyone knows that standard must be raised this time around.

Jose Mourinho has been brought in to take Tottenham to the next level, and that will include a top four finish and to win silverware.

Anything less will be deemed a failure for a manager with such a track record.

With that in mind efforts have focused on strengthening the first team squad this summer to ensure that they're ready to compete.

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Deals for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Matt Doherty and Joe Hart have already been concluded, but there's still demand for more.

Signing a striker is seen as a real priority for Spurs and that's seen them linked with plenty of attackers around Europe, one of whom is Carlos Vinicius.

Reports from TVI21 in Portugal have claimed that Spurs are on of the teams interested in the Benfica striker.

Two other unnamed English clubs are said to be keen, with one of the three having made a €45 million (£41m) offer.

However it's not known which interested party has made an official approach.

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Vinicius certainly proved his worth last term with the 25-year-old scoring 24 goals in 47 appearances for the Portuguese side.

It's thought that Benfica are holding out for a fee in the region of £55.5million, however the reports claim that they could be tempted to sell for as little as £46million.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

As impressive a record as Carlos Vinicius has, this is one that I just can't see happening.

To score 24 goals in a season is very impressive and so it's no surprise that the 25-year-old is attracting the interest of several clubs in England.

But that price tag is far too much.

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Tottenham are desperate to sign a striker but as we know funds are limited in north London.

That means that Spurs will not be looking to pay top dollar for a player who is not proven at the very highest level.

If that deal could be done on a loan deal with the potential for a future permanent move then perhaps Levy would consider it, but until then I think that it would be too risky a deal to tempt Spurs at this point.

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