Tottenham make approach to sign Drogba-like striker

Lucas Alario

Tottenham's start to the new season has been a bit all over the place. 

They may have re-signed Gareth Bale and added Sergio Reguilon, but they haven't exactly had things all their own way. 

They're yet to keep a clean sheet and have won only once from their opening three matches of the Premier League. 

To add to that, Son-Heung-min is set for a spell on the sidelines with an injury. 

Besides Eric Dier's gallivant down the tunnel to the toilet on Tuesday and their 5-2 win over Southampton, there hasn't been a great deal to smile about on the pitch.

Daniel Levy has at least been busy in the window, landing no fewer than five new players in the market.

That being said, a new striker still eludes him and Jose Mourinho.

Jose Mourinho

A deal for Carlos Vinicius now looks to be on the table but before that, they were after a whole host of new forwards.

In fresh news from journalist Christian Falk, the club were pursuing another striker before settling on a swoop for Vinicius.

That happened to be Bayer Leverkusen striker Lucas Alario. Unfortunately, it doesn't appear as though a switch will be concluded for the 27-year-old.

Falk took to Twitter to reveal: "Spurs asked Bayer for Lucas Alario (27). José Mourinho wants the striker to have a backup for Harry Kane. Rudi Völler, head of sport, declined the request." 

Currently valued at £12m by Transfermarkt, this would have been a pretty cheap to conclude.  Leverkusen have no interest selling him this late in the window. 

Lucas Alario

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Mourinho won't be able to complain once Vinicius walks through the door. After all, their sole objective was simply to secure another first-team forward.

However, you can't help but feel like Spurs have missed out on a top-class player in Alario.

He scored 12 goals last term in a team where Kai Havertz grabbed all the headlines and although that record may not point to much, all you have to do is focus on his tally elsewhere.

Alario was supreme in Argentina, netting 33 in 74 for River Plate and headed to the Bundesliga with glowing appraisals. 

Lucas Alario

Perhaps the biggest compliment you can give the striker is a comparison with one of Mourinho's greatest servants.

In a piece on the Bundesliga website, it details the following: "His style of play has drawn comparisons with Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba, although he perhaps lacks the physical strength of the former Chelsea man.

"That said, his game will bring more to the table for Leverkusen than Hernandez through the middle, while he also represents another option out wide with his assured touch and pace." 

Standing at 6 foot 1, he fitted the profile Spurs were looking for and the four aerial duels he won against Wolfsburg a fortnight ago points to a player who is supreme when it comes to heading.

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