Tottenham chief Daniel Levy backed to complete £15m deal to become a ‘substantial team’

Tottenham have been told they are a striker away from having a “substantial team” under Jose Mourinho. With days left until the October 5 deadline, Spurs are still in the market for another forward to ease the burden on Harry Kane.

Mourinho has openly admitted that Spurs are hoping to sign another striker, with the hopes a deal will be completed in the coming days.

He said: “I am optimistic, but more than that the feeling that I like is that we are trying everything to do it.

“You succeed or you don’t succeed. It’s like a football match – you win or you don’t win but you give everything and try everything. The transfer market is the same.

“I like the feeling that my club is trying to do everything for us and for the team, that’s the most important thing for me.”

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Spurs have already signed Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilon, Matt Doherty, Pierre Emile Hojbjerg and Joe Hart in this window.

And former Crystal Palace chairman Simon Jordan has hailed Daniel Levy’s business in the window, and believes one more arrival – like Bournemouth’s Josh King – could set his team up for a very exciting season.

“Tottenham are a good side,” Jordan told talkSPORT. “They’ve got good players, sneaking under the radar. You add Gareth Bale into the mix, whatever he is. And maybe if they sign Josh King they start to get into the territory of having quite a substantial team.”

King has been linked with Spurs in recent weeks, with Serie A outfit Torino also chasing his signature.

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However, it looks like Mourinho is closing in on a new forward, with a deal believed to be agreed for Benfica star Carlos Vinicius.

Football.London have reported that a season-long loan deal will see him move to north London, with Spurs holding the option to sign him permanently next summer.

Spurs have monitored the Brazilian for much of the window, but felt his valuation was too high in the early portion of the window.

But Benfica’s elimination from the Champions League, means they are looking to cash in on their most prized assets.

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Meanwhile, Deli Alli’s future under Mourinho remains in doubt. The England midfielder has been left out of a number of Mourinho’s squads, as speculation about a move to PSG continues.

Mourinho refused to confirm whether Alli would be part of his squad for the Europa League tie with Maccabi Haifa on Thursday.

He said: “I cannot confirm Dele’s playing tomorrow but I cannot confirm he’s not playing.

“We have still training sessions today, we have still decisions to make. The only thing I can say is he’s being very, very professional. I have only respect for him.

“It would be perfectly acceptable to have a lack of motivation, even a lack of professionalism for this training session but it was exactly the opposite.”

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