Tottenham are likely to be in the market for a new striker this summer, with loanee forward Carlos Vinicius set to rejoin parent club Benfica at the end of the current campaign. The 26-year-old joined Spurs on a temporary basis in October and has played on 24 occasions since his arrival, chipping in with 10 goals in all competitions.
Although Vinicius has failed to trouble Harry Kane for his starting spot, the Brazilian marksman has played an important supporting role.
His contributions in front of goal helped the north London club to progress in the FA Cup and Europa League, but it seems unlikely that he will extend his stay into next season and beyond.
Spurs are said to be looking elsewhere in order to boost their ranks in attack, with Daniel Levy already drawing up his summer transfer plans in the absence of a permanent manager.
A number of stars from across Europe have been linked with Spurs in recent months, including Manchester City veteran Sergio Aguero, Eintracht Frankfurt’s Andre Silva and Danny Ings of Southampton.
However, Levy will not need to book a flight to Germany or venture up north in order to find the perfect replacement for Vinicius.
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Brentford talisman Ivan Toney could be the man to fill the back-up role next season after impressing in the Championship since leaving Peterborough United last summer.
The 25-year-old started his professional career with Northampton Town before earning his big move to Newcastle United, where he failed to make the grade despite his obvious talent.
Toney was shipped out on loan to a number of lower-league clubs before finding his level with Posh in League One.
His performances for Brentford since making the step up to the Championship have been nothing short of sensational.
The forward boasts 30 goals from league action alone, with this season’s tally the highest since Glenn Murray scored the same number for Crystal Palace during the 2012/13 campaign.
In terms of his playing style, Toney has plenty of qualities to stand him in good stead for a move to the Premier League.
He is frighteningly quick and more than capable of winning a physical battle with just about anyone, but his game is complemented by a keen eye for goal and an impressive ability to carve out opportunities for himself on a regular basis.
Tottenham were keen on Toney’s services before his £5million switch to Brentford, according to Peterborough director Barry Fry, suggesting that Levy is already clued up on the Bees striker’s capabilities.
The Championship play-off hopefuls have reportedly slapped a £35million price tag on their star man, which is something of a bargain in today’s game for a big six Premier League club looking for a prolific forward.
However, Chelsea and West Ham United are also said to be keen on Toney, which suggests that Levy may be forced into a bidding war for his signature.
In the event that Brentford manage to seal a top-flight berth for next season, it could be difficult for Spurs or any other club to tempt Thomas Frank’s side into selling.
But if Levy is serious about transforming the north Londoners into title contenders, a reliable second-choice striker that knows where the goal is could alleviate some of the attacking burden from Kane’s shoulders and amplify the club’s chances of domestic and European success.