Tottenham have had a loan bid for Krzysztof Piatek rejected by AC Milan – but talks are continuing as Spurs seek a striker to fill the void left by Harry Kane’s injury.
England captain Kane has been ruled out until April as he needs surgery on the hamstring injury he suffered in Tottenham’s New Year’s Day defeat at Southampton .
Manager Jose Mourinho needs to bring in reinforcements, and Piatek is being targeted after his move from Genoa to Milan turned sour.
The 24-year-old has scored just five goals this season – but he has pedigree, having fired 34 goals in 48 appearances last term for Genoa, Milan and Poland.
While an initial bid to take the striker on loan has been rejected by Milan, Tottenham are hopeful as talks continue.
Piatek likens himself to a British-style centre forward in the mould of Kane, while Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski is also a role model.
And the has 10-cap Poland international believes he would thrive in the Premier League.
“My two favourite centre forwards are Lewandowski and Harry Kane,” Piatek told Ultimo Uomo earlier this season.
“Perhaps I have characteristics more similar to those of English, made with proper proportions.”
Son Heung Min has successfully deputised for Kane in recent seasons and Tottenham also have 17-year-old rising star Troy Parrott at their disposal.
But Mourinho wants to bring in more competition regardless of the injury to Kane, and Tottenham have been looking at a number of options including Lyon’s Moussa Dembele and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.
No timescale was originally given on Kane’s return following his injury but Spurs now say specialists have advised surgery is required.
He is slated to be back in April, two months before Euro 2020 begins, which will be positive news for England boss Gareth Southgate.
As well as Premier League games, Kane will miss his side’s Champions League last-16 tie with Germany’s Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig.
Kane has scored 27 goals in 31 appearances for club and country this season.