Jose Mourinho backing Tottenham to sign striker “not afraid” to rival Harry Kane

Jose Mourinho "honestly believes" Tottenham will sign a striker in the transfer window, but only wants one not afraid to challenge Harry Kane.

The England captain is the only senior out and out striker at the club and Spurs had to utilise the likes of Son Heung-min, Lucas Moura and Steven Bergwijn up top last season when Kane was out injured.

The club have previously found it difficult to find a forward willing to compete with Kane for the centre-forward spot, and this has been to the detriment of the team.

But Mourinho is keen to add to his forward line this summer in a bid to challenge more prominently for the top four next term.

"I want, I need a striker," said the Portuguese. "But I want to make it very, very clear that the club knows that I need a striker and they also want a striker."

He added: "Are we going to get one? I believe so, I honestly believe so. The team needs it for the balance of the squad."

Mourinho believes it should not be up to him to convince a striker to sign and pointed out that other top clubs don’t have the same issues.

"The point is not me convincing the striker, it’s the striker convincing me," the Spurs manager said ahead of Sunday's visit of Everton.

"And if the striker is afraid to come to Tottenham and the striker is afraid of competition, then I don't want the striker.

"So it’s not for me to convince him, it’s for him to convince me. If he says, 'I don't want to go because I don’t want to be in a squad where we have Harry Kane and Sonny, Lamela, Lucas, I don’t want to go to that squad', then goodbye.

"You look to all the other top clubs and they have many options as centre-forwards and that question doesn’t appear.

"For example Werner went to Chelsea and Chelsea had Abraham and Giroud. Man City has Aguero and Jesus. Liverpool has Firmino, Origi, Salah can play there too, Mane. It looks like it’s only with us where we don’t have the right to have a more balanced squad with more options.

"In midfield we have Winks, Sissoko, Ndombele – [summer signing Pierre-Emile] Hojbjerg didn't ask me, 'Am I back-up or I am I going there to play?'

"It’s up to you, mate. Players decide who plays, it’s not me. I know that we have the best striker in this country, there is no doubts about it, but the striker that comes here has to come with his own ambitions. If he doesn’t have ambitions, he doesn’t belong to us."

Mourinho added that he has told his players that he wants an improvement on last year, where he wants to see a better squad mentality.

"I had a meeting with the players a couple of days ago when everyone arrived and I spoke to everybody,” he added.

"I told them that I want a squad, I want a better squad than last season and every player belongs to the squad.

"My desire for them as a coach is for them to stay. At the same time I told them what is obvious, top clubs, big clubs, clubs with ambitions, have lots of good players.

"So if you are this kind of personality that you can’t not cope with this challenge with this level of internal competition and then you are not happy then it is better to go."

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