Tottenham Hotspur are keen on both Fabian Delph and Danny Ings, but fear they may have to wait until the summer to and their men.
Mauricio Pochettino is keen to add another striker to his squad during the winter window, as he looks to relieve some of the pressure from the shoulders of Harry Kane. The 21-year-old is the club’s leading marksman this season, with 15 goals in all competitions, but the more senior Emmanuel Adebayor and Roberto Soldado are lagging behind with just five between them.
The former Southampton head coach has supposedly set his sights on a deal for Ings, who scored 21 goals in 40 Championship matches last season to help Burnley clinch promotion. The 22-year-old, like Kane an England Under-21 international, has scored five times in the Premier League this term, and is unlikely to follow the Clarets back into the second-tier if they are relegated.
Pochettino is also believed to be interested in Delph, who has also been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool. The England international, who now has three caps after earning his debut last year, is in the final six months of his contract at Aston Villa, and it is looking increasingly unlikely that the former Leeds United midfielder will reach a fresh agreement with the Midlands club.
However, The Telegraph believe that whilst Spurs are prepared to offer Villa £4million for the 25-year-old, Paul Lambert’s club are prepared to reject this as the fight relegation, and risk losing him for nothing in the summer. Likewise, the same media source claim Burnley will reject a £7million offer for Ings, as they too look to avoid the drop into the Championship after just one year.
Meanwhile, former Tottenham striker Jermain Defoe has returned to the London club to train with their development squad as he looks to increase his sharpness ahead of a likely return to the Premier League. The 32-year-old, who scored 143 goals for the White Hart Lane club during two spells, is expected to leave FC Toronto this month and is wanted by Leicester City and Queens Park Rangers.
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