José Mourinho keen to bring Eintracht Frankfurt striker Bas Dost to Spurs

David Hytner on 15 September 2020

José Mourinho is interested in taking Bas Dost from Eintracht Frankfurt as he pushes to add a different option to Harry Kane at centre-forward.

The Tottenham manager has made no secret of his desire to add depth up front and Dost is of the profile that he wants; the 31-year-old Dutchman is tall, at 6ft 4in, physical and experienced. Spurs have had talks with Frankfurt, who would want any deal to be permanent; the Bundesliga club value Dost at €5.5m (£5.1m). Spurs would prefer a loan.

Mourinho has only Kane as a recognised senior No 9 – the Portuguese has previously said he does not believe Son Heung-min can play in the role. And, having asked for a new striker in January and not got one, it would not be difficult to foresee Mourinho’s reaction if he were denied again.

Spurs have been offered a host of targetman-style strikers, including Watford’s Troy Deeney, Christian Benteke of Crystal Palace and Benfica’s Carlos Vinícius, a 6ft 2in Brazilian who is represented by Jorge Mendes’s company, Gestifute. Mourinho is represented by Mendes.

At the weekend Mourinho did not deny an interest in another Palace striker, Alexander Sørloth, who is midway through a two-year loan at Trabzonspor. Spurs have also scouted Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik.

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