Tottenham Hotspur offered £25m Andrea Belotti transfer in blow to West Ham United's summer plans
According to the Daily Mail, Tottenham Hotspur have been offered the chance to sign Torino striker Andrea Belotti in a blow to West Ham United’s rumoured transfer plans.
Spurs are searching for a new centre-forward in preparations for the potential sale of Harry Kane, after the England captain told the club of his desires to leave north London this summer (Sky Sports).
Daniel Levy is now making enquires over potential targets but the Tottenham Chairman has been offered Belotti, with a clutch of Premier League sides said to have been presented with the chance to land the 27-year-old.
Belotti is available for a move away from Torino for £25million and while it remains to be seen which other clubs he was offered to, West Ham have regularly been linked with the Italian.
Reports by Torino Granata earlier this month suggested the Irons had moved into the lead of the race for Belotti and would be boosted if David Moyes can secure European football, while Corriere Granata had previously touted interest from the London Stadium.
Chelsea and Everton have also been linked with the 32-cap forward, while Jose Mourinho is thought to be keen on taking Belotti to Roma (Calciomercato) having coveted his services for the past year, but failed to strike a deal while in charge at Tottenham.
Spurs’ response to being offered Belotti in a summer transfer was not noted, and may not become clear until Levy has settled on who will replace Mourinho with Ryan Mason in interim charge (BBC) until the end of the season.
West Ham may have been one of the sides who were offered Belotti’s services given the rumours of their interest, which Moyes will surely hope is the case amid the Hammers’ search for centre-forward signings.
Belotti would be an exciting option for the east Londoners to target, as he has frequently been acknowledged in Italy for his immense work-rate that would see him slot in well to Moyes’ system that demands a lot from the solo striker.
National team boss Roberto Mancini is one who lauds that trait of the 27-year-old’s game, telling Gazzetta dello Sport last year: “Belotti has always worked like crazy, maybe too much!”
Belotti matches his work-rate with end product, too, having struck 13 goals and provided seven assists in 34 Serie A games this season – the sixth-straight campaign to return 10 or more goals and a career personal best for assists in the top-flight.