Tottenham linked with 22-goal ace

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Tottenham Hotspur are facing a huge few weeks.

After a disappointing season last time out there's a real urgency for the north London side to get themselves back on track.

Spurs finished in the top six last term and therefore qualified for the Europa League, but this term expectations are much higher.

Jose Mourinho was brought in to win trophies and get the club into Champions League contention week in, week out but he faces a massive challenge.

Funds are limited at the moment, but Tottenham have still been able to secure deals for Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Joe Hart and Matt Doherty from Southampton, Burnley and Wolves respectively.

But now the focus is firmly on signing a striker.

It's a position that Spurs have been looking to strengthen for a couple of years as they look to add competition for places for Harry Kane.

However that in itself causes problems in terms of which players are open to a move where they'll effectively be a backup option.

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Several names have been linked including Habib Diallo, Carlos Vinicius, Andrea Belotti and Arkadiusz Milik, however no deal is anywhere near being completed.

But alongside the names from the continent it seems that Spurs are also monitoring a player much closer to home.

That man is Danny Ings.

Football London have claimed that the Southampton man is a long-term target for Spurs.

Ings scored 22 goals for the Saints last term which has seen him emerge as a potential option for Mourinho's side.

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However the report claims that a deal could be 'too difficult  to pull off in this window', with Southampton unlikely to want to sell their star man.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Tottenham Hotspur are right to hold an interest in a player like Danny Ings.

Valued at £18million by Transfermarkt, the Southampton star has established himself as arguably the best striker outside of the Premier League top six.

But a move was always going to be unlikely this summer.

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Ings is the Saints' prized asset and so they were never going to let him leave this summer unless an astronomical fee came in.

With Tottenham lacking funds this summer then it would have been a huge surprise if they were to splash the cash on a player like this.

That's not to say that the deal won't happen next summer, but for now it seems like a bit of a push and so I don't expect Ings to go anywhere during this window.

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