Tottenham ditch Dembele in favour of 23-year-old African with superior goals record

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Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly considering a bid for Senegal international Moussa Konate this summer.

That’s according to The Mirror, who claim that Spurs have ditched their interest in Fulham frontman Moussa Dembele following the breakdown of a proposed transfer in January.

It is no secret that Tottenham will look to add a forward to their squad during the off-season, with Harry Kane currently the only senior striker at White Hart Lane – other than 22-year-old Clinton N’Jie, who has only scored seven league goals – all in France – in his entire club career to date.

Dembele was seen as a decent option due to his age. At just 19, it is likely that he would have accepted a role as back-up to Kane, while 15 goals in 56 Championship appearances suggest that he has the potential to provide reasonable cover when called upon.

However, Spurs – as they prepare for a return to the Champions League – ought to be chasing someone with a superior goals record.

Konate ticks that box. In 52 league games for current club FC Sion, the 23-year-old has found the net 26 times. He also bagged three goals in this season’s Europa League, while his international record is seven in 16.

His versatility is another factor that makes Konate more suited to Spurs, who operate with much fluidity, especially going forward. Sion’s leading scorer can operate as an attacking focal point, as well as out wide. That would allow Mauricio Pochettino to either play him with Kane, or as an alternative.

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