Tuesday 12 December 2017

Berahino tops shopping list after Spurs outfoxed

Leicester City 1 Tottenham 1

Pochettino: Set to spend big
Pochettino: Set to spend big
Jamie Vardy of Leicester City and Kyle Walker of Tottenham Hotspur compete for the ball
Tottenham Hotspur's English midfielder Dele Alli vies with Leicester City's English defender Wes Morgan
Dele Alli of Tottenham is challenged by Andy King of Leicester

John Percy

Harry Kane has defended Tottenham Hotspur's disappointing start to the season, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino poised to make a £20m bid for Saido Berahino in the next few days.

Kane is yet to score this season and desperately needs support if Spurs are to make any progress under Pochettino, and signing Berahino already appears a vital piece of business.

Spurs' opening offer of around £15m for the England U-21 international was rejected last Tuesday but they will return with an improved proposal this week.

Berahino will be offered a contract worth £40,000 a week and is believed to be keen on the move to White Hart Lane.

Kane will surely be watching developments with interest after another frustrating afternoon.

The 22-year-old scored four goals in two games against Leicester City last season but never looked likely to continue that streak on Saturday.

However, Kane refuses to panic over his lack of goals, saying: "I'm not worried about the goals at all and I just think about doing the best for my team," he said.

Pochettino hinted that a move for Berahino was imminent, admitting that there could be activity "in the next few days".

This performance will have certainly rammed the message home to chairman Daniel Levy that reinforcements are desperately needed.

Despite their ponderous performance, Spurs could still have completed a smash and grab victory after taking the lead nine minutes from time through the teenage midfielder Dele Alli.

The £5m signing from Milton Keynes Dons could not miss from barely a yard out, as Nacer Chadli's cross found him at the far post, but hopes of a first win of the campaign did not last long.

Ninety seconds after Alli's goal, Leicester had equalised through outstanding winger Riyad Mahrez.

Claudio Ranieri did not deserve to have his unbeaten record tarnished here and in Mahrez he has an emerging talent. Signed for just £400,000 from Le Havre in January 2014, Mahrez has four goals this season and was at the heart of all Leicester's best moments.

Leicester's decision to reward the Algerian with a new four-year contract before the start of the season already appears shrewd business and Ranieri has no fears over potential interest before the transfer window closes on September 1.

Mahrez said: "This year we have started very well and I think it's very important to maintain this for as long as we can." (© Daily Telegraph, London)


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