Tottenham would be the ideal destination for Lille striker Victor Osimhen, according to European football expert Gabriele Marcotti. Osimhen has been linked with a move to both Tottenham and Arsenal after a fine first season in Ligue 1. Following his arrival from Charleroi last summer, the Nigerian has scored 18 goals for Lille in all competitions.
Tottenham were in the market for a striker in January following the long-term hamstring injury suffered by Harry Kane.
Kane is now back fit but Jose Mourinho is still keen to bolster his attacking options.
Marcotti can see similarities between Osimhen and Kane and can see the duo playing together at times.
“I think he would be a tremendous fit for Spurs because in terms of style of play, I’m not saying he’s as good, but there are obvious parallels with Harry Kane there,” Marcotti said on the Gab and Juls podcast.
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“He could play with Kane, he could play when Kane is not available.
“Osimhen, Kane, [Heung-min] Son, Lucas Moura, [Steven] Bergwijn, that’s a ton of firepower.
“Obviously Mourinho’s got good links with that club, so we’ll see.”
Meanwhile, French football expert Julien Laurens says Lille want a fee similar to the £72million they received for Nicolas Pepe last summer.
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However, he says that looks unlikely in the current climate and Osimhen could stay where he is for now.
“Osimhen obviously is a very different player [to Pepe] but had a wonderful first season in France after moving from Belgium last summer,” Laurens said.
“Yes, I think Lille are expecting or want that kind of money, we’re talking £70m, £80m maybe even a bit more if they can get it.
“I don’t think they will get that kind of offer. I’m really not sure in these current circumstances that anyone would put that money on Osimhen.
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“But he’s 20, he’s a wonderful talent. I think he should be on the radar of all the big clubs in Europe.
“However, will that money arrive? Will that offer be made?
“I’m not sure, which could mean he stays another year and I don’t think Lille will have an issue with that, I don’t think Osimhen himself would have an issue with that.
“If no one can pay the money that he’s worth right now and that Lille want, I think he will stay another year and that’s very good for Lille and Ligue 1 as well.”
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