The Times have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have missed out in their attempts to sign Norwegian striker Alexander Sorloth this summer, with Julian Nagelsmann and RB Leipzig winning the race for the £25m-rated star.
Sorloth, 24, is currently halfway through a two-year loan spell at Trabzonspor from Crystal Palace. The talismanic striker scored a whopping 33 goals in 49 games last season for the Turkish side, as well as laying on 11 assists in those outings.
The Evening Standard state that Trabzonspor are expected to activate the £7million permanent clause in Sorloth’s loan deal before selling him on. It will see Trabzonspor rake in a profit of around £18million for the ex-Gent striker.
Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu has been quoted by the Evening Standard as saying that Tottenham and Leipzig held meetings with the Turkish side: “Sorloth wants to go. We are meeting with Leipzig and Tottenham.”
But The Times state that RB Leipzig are set to win the race for Sorloth, knocking Tottenham out of their way to complete a £25million move for Sorloth – who flopped during his brief spell in the Premier League with just one goal in 20 Palace games.
TBR’s view – Sorloth not good enough for Tottenham
Despite his goals in Turkey, his previous form in the Premier League and in England is simply not good enough. His incredible ratio of goals in the SuperLig is hardly enough to change that, given the lack of quality in Turkish football.
Spurs are also said to be interested in signing Torino captain Andrea Belotti as back-up – or competition – for Harry Kane, and they would be much-better advised to go after the Italy international in the coming weeks.