Tottenham Hotspur’s hunt for a new striker has spanned multiple transfer windows.
Last summer, the club were unable to secure a back-up to Harry Kane, even though they allowed Fernando Llorente to leave.
It meant that Son Heung-Min was often called upon to step into the breach when Kane was either injured or in need of a rest.
January was a similar story, as chairman Daniel Levy again struggled to convince players to be a back-up or a partner for the England captain.
This summer, though, their search finally came to an end as Spurs struck a deal to sign the Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius on loan.
They have the option to buy him next summer, should the deal be a success, and he comes in with some degree of momentum; he scored 24 goals for Benfica last season.
There were a number of enquiries, though, for other forwards, and it appears that one of those contacted was Torino forward Andrea Belotti.
Belotti has scored 94 goals in 194 outings for the Serie A club and netted 22 times in 44 games last season.
Sport Witness now carries quotes from Torino’s technical director, Davide Vagnati, which have been transcribed from Sky Sport, claiming that an enquiry was made by the north London club.
He said: “Belotti? I would like him to stay at Torino for life because he has all the values to be a mainstay and I hope he ends his career at Torino.
“There was a chat with Tottenham for him, but nothing serious because if Tottenham had really wanted to take him, they would have arrived with different arguments.”
GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…
This would have been an excellent signing for Spurs.
Belotti is a top, top player, and has history of being genuinely prolific in Serie A.
He has scored 31 goals in the last two seasons of Serie A combined, but he is also a potentially expensive acquisition.
The 26-year-old is valued at £31.5m by Transfermarkt and he has a contract until 2022; this would not have been an easy deal for Spurs to pull off. He is also the club captain.
A move for Vinicius did not cost anything close to that, as it was a loan move, but still, Belotti could have been a frightening partner for Kane to have.
What could have been…