Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly seen a loan-to-buy bid rejected for Torino powerhouse Andrea Belotti but remain interested in signing the Torino skipper – and Joe Hart’s past comments will excite fans over his potential arrival.
Belotti, 26, continued his reputation as one of the best strikers in Italian football last season with a stunning 22 goals in 44 games for Torino. He has 92 in 192 games for the Serie A side, and has 28 Italy caps to his name.
But with no trophies to his name, he could finally look to move. Sky Italy journalist Gianluca Di Marzio claimed over the weekend that Spurs saw a loan-to-buy offer – including a permanent £46million clause – rejected. Though they remain keen.
It is believed Spurs have a better chance of securing Belotti with an immediate purchase, and Spurs could look to organise a move. During 2016-17, Hart played alongside Belotti at Torino, and he labelled the striker as one of the best.
“Andrea is similar to all the great strikers, English or not,” Hart is quoted as saying by Di Marzio back in 2017. “It’s hard to compare him to someone else because he’s special. He’s Belotti and that’s it. He has an instinct for goals, he’s got personality and he’s a team player: he’s always focused on his team and works hard to help it.”
TBR’s view – Hart’s verdict has got to convince Spurs over move
Belotti is a top striker and on his day, he is one of the best strikers in European football. With Spurs needing cover for Harry Kane, Belotti would not only provide back-up but he would also rival Kane for a starting spot.
Jose Mourinho will not only be looking to finish in the top four this term, but he will also be desperate to end the hunt for a trophy and having two strikers is crucial for that – given they have qualified for the Europa League.
Having Belotti at Spurs massively improves their chances of doing that – especially if Hart’s verdict is to be believed.