Jose Mourinho's desperate striker chase takes new twist as Tottenham plot transfer swoop for Southampton's Danny Ings

TOTTENHAM'S desperate search for a striker has seen them turn attention to Southampton's Danny Ings, reports claim.

Jose Mourinho is doing all he can to find back up for Harry Kane – especially given how lacking in ideas Spurs looked in the 1-0 defeat to Everton.

The Portuguese claimed before his side's season-opening loss that he was confident a new forward will arrive during this window.

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What is not so clear is whether that will be on a permanent or loan move.

Spurs have a "strong, long-held" interest in 28-year-old England striker Ings, say Football London.

The 28-year-old former Liverpool man scored an impressive 22 goals for the Saints last season after overcoming injuries.

But while Tottenham plot a move, the club's transfer bosses are said to doubt they can land him this summer.

Should that not work out then Mourinho – who slammed his side's "lazy press" against the Toffees – looks ready to raid the continent for a new signing.

Metz striker Habib Diallo has been on his radar since January.

The 25-year-old Senegalese front man is said to be eager to make the move to the Premier League, while Benfica's Carlos Vinicius is another who has caught the eye of the ex-Porto manager.

Torino skipper Andrea Belotti, 26, has also entered plans after scoring 22 goals in all competitions last season.

A £28million fee and big wages are said to be putting off Spurs – always financially prudent – Napoli forward Arkadiusz Milik, though.

While Trabzonspor president Ahmet Agaoglu said Spurs are interested in signing Alexander Sorloth, on loan at the Turkish club from Crystal Palace.

Tottenham are also looking at RB Salzburg’s Zambian hitman Patson Daka.

Asked recently about bringing in a partner for Kane, Mourinho said: “Yes, I want, I need a striker.

“The club — the structure above me — knows I need a striker and also wants a striker.

“Are we going to get one? I believe so.

“The team needs it because at this moment the squad is getting very balanced, with different options for different positions.”

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