The January transfer window may still be just in sight in the rear-view mirror, but it appears that Tottenham Hotspur have already started to turn some of their attention towards the summer.
The Daily Mail reported this week that Spurs are one of the sides to have Serhou Guirassy on their radar.
The Mail reported that the club’s chief scout Brian Carey went to watch a number of players in Amiens’s stunning 4-4 draw with Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend. And Guirassy was the player he was left impressed by following the game.
The 23-year-old scored twice in the pulsating game. And it appears that Amiens are not expecting to hold onto the striker for much longer.
According to the Mail, an agent has been brought in and tasked with selling the Frenchman. It is suggested that Tottenham have joined the likes of Aston Villa and Celtic in the race for the £18 million-rated man.
It would certainly be no surprise to see Jose Mourinho sign a striker when the next window opens. Injuries to Harry Kane and Son Heung-min have arguably highlighted how precarious Tottenham’s striker situation can be.
But it remains to be seen if Guirassy features prominently on Mourinho’s summer shopping list.
If he does indeed become a key target, the youngster will face the challenge of having to buck a trend. Tottenham have not had the best luck when signing young forwards from France in recent years.
In 2015, Mauricio Pochettino brought Clinton N’Jie in from Lyon. Meanwhile, Georges-Kevin Nkoudou arrived from Marseille one year later.
Between them, the pair made 41 appearances for the club in all competitions. And their combined tally of one goal arguably sums up their respective spells.
In fairness, both players could perhaps argue that they were not given enough of a chance. Neither started a league game for the club. And Nkoudou arguably provided a couple of glimpses of his talent when he was given an opportunity.
Nevertheless, neither signings are likely to be remembered by Spurs fans as good pieces of business.
Of course, how they fared should have no impact on Guirassy should he join. But he will also need to be prepared to be patient in the wait for game-time unless Spurs have to deal with another cluster of injuries.
So you could certainly understand why some fans may be wary of a move for the forward this summer.
Signing somewhat unproven youngsters from a league with a lower profile has not worked particularly well for Spurs in the recent past.
So Guirassy will have a point to prove should Tottenham bag his signature.