Tottenham Hotspur are scouting Almeria forward Umar Sadiq as a potential replacement for Harry Kane next season.
According to Fichajes, Tottenham Hotspur are currently monitoring the progress of Umar Sadiq. The Almeria forward has impressed the onlookers with his performances in the Spanish Segunda Division, leading many to follow him closely.
Sevilla were linked with a move for Sadiq in the summer but a move did not materialise as they could not afford Almeria’s asking price of €25 million. The Spanish outfit are now demanding close to €30 million which is likely to be unattainable for any La Liga clubs, making Spurs a major contender, in this transfer chase.
Formerly of AS Roma, Umar Sadiq joined Almeria last summer for a fee of just €5 million. In his first season at the club, the forward netted as many as 20 goals, even though it wasn’t enough to seal the promotion for his team.
But the striker has continued his good run of form this season as well, scoring six goals in just eight appearances. Hence, it is evident that the Nigerian is quite overqualified for the Spanish second division and might prefer taking the next step in his career.
Tottenham Hotspur, to that end, could be an appealing destination for the former Partizan number nine, whose tall 1.92m frame and goalscoring prowess makes him an ideal fit for the physical nature of the Premier League.
From a sporting perspective, the North London giants are on the looking out for new strikers who can not only provide support for Harry Kane but also replace him next season. The English frontman, after all, is still high on the list of Manchester City despite a horrendous start to the campaign.
Sadiq, in that regard, slips in perfectly due to his ability to operate as a target man. It bodes particularly well for Nuno Espirito Santo, who does prefer a traditional number nine, having worked with someone like Raul Jimenez during his days at Wolves.
It goes without saying that Sadiq’s lack of experience at the highest level of football won’t make him the desired replacement for Kane. But for a fee of just €30 million, he could indeed prove to be a bargain and an excellent squad player who can either emerge as the main frontman or operate as the number two, should Tottenham land any high-profile strikers next summer.
The Lilywhites have been linked with a move for Fiorentina’s rising star and another ex-Partizan prodigy Dusan Vlahovic lately, but face stiff competition from arch-rivals Arsenal.