Tottenham Hotspur are unwilling to pay Monaco £2.1 million which they want in order to break Islam Slimani’s loan agreement, according to Foot Mercato, via Sport Witness.
The Algerian has been a target for Spurs throughout this window as they desperately search for a striker.
Jose Mourinho is keen to land a frontman with Harry Kane ruled out for the season with a hamstring injury.
Slimani is currently on loan in Ligue 1 with Monaco and they will need to buy him out of his loan agreement before the can discuss terms with parent club Leicester City.
The 31-year-old is enjoying a solid season in France. He has netted seven goals and registered seven assists, despite Monaco languishing in 13th place.
His record in the Premier League is underwhelming. In 39 games he has scored just eight goals and claimed six assists.
With the clock ticking, however, Tottenham are seemingly running out of options.
Mourinho obviously sees something in the man with 69 caps for his country and things could develop as the deadline approaches.
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It might not be the worst-case scenario if Spurs don’t land themselves Slimani.
Having been linked with Olivier Giroud, Willian Jose and Krzysztof Piatek this month, settling for Slimani wouldn’t be exactly exciting.
His goal record in England is poor and it’s easy to suggest that he hasn’t shown anything to suggest he can cut it in England.
Tottenham could certainly do with a striker but they do have players like Heung Son-min and Lucas Moura who can perform makeshift duties.
Paying £2.1 million just to start negotiations with Leicester seems silly. Tottenham would perhaps be wise to steer clear of Slimani.