Tottenham are eyeing up a loan swoop for Barcelona outcast Malcom to ease their growing injury crisis, according to the Daily Star.
Spurs were seen off 1-0 at home by Manchester United on Sunday and that misery was compounded by the forthcoming absences of both frontman who started that clash, Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
The South Korea captain was always going to fly off to the Asian Cup after the match, but Kane was limping at the end of the game and the Guardian report that he could be set for at least a month with that injury.
Mauricio Pochettino’s squad has already been suffering with post World Cup fatigue and a lack of investment in its depth and the latest double blow is a big one – which requires a bigger response.
Tottenham have been on Malcom’s trail since last January, long before he elected to join Barca from Bordeaux – but the move hasn’t worked out as planned at all.
That has reportedly raised the prospect he could move to north London on loan, which would be a much-needed boost to a squad and manager which is toiling under the sheer weight of matches.
Malcom is a wideman by trade, but would perhaps allow Lucas Moura to fill in through the middle while still maintaining enough pace on the flanks to stretch opponents; and he will also have a point to prove after a disappointing time in Spain.