Tottenham reach agreement for sixth summer transfer but Milan Skriniar deal hits problem

Tottenham are going to be busy in the final few days of the transfer window and it appears as though their search for a striker is over, although a deal to sign Milan Skriniar looks increasingly unlikely. Spurs have had a busy summer bringing in five new faces to join Jose Mourinho’s side.

Matt Doherty and Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg have already established themselves as first-team regulars while Sergio Reguilon made his debut in the Carabao Cup win over Chelsea earlier this week.

Joe Hart has come in to provide cover for Hugo Lloris while Gareth Bale is expected to make his second debut after the international break having rejoined on loan from Real Madrid.

But signing an out-and-out striker has been Tottenham’s top priority all summer to help give Harry Kane some competition.

They’ve already missed out on targets Callum Wilson and Ollie Watkins to Newcastle and Aston Villa respectively.

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Mourinho has maintained his confidence that a striker would be signed though and it appears as though they’ve got their man.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Spurs have reached an agreement to sign Carlos Vincius on loan from Benfica.

It is claimed Spurs will pay an initial fee close to £3million for the season-long loan and they have the option to buy next summer.

The 25-year-old was one of Europe’s most potent attackers last season, scoring 24 goals as well as providing 13 assists.

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Vinicius had reportedly been a target for Tottenham earlier in the window, but Benfica had initially only wanted to listen to permanent offers.

But they were knocked out of the Champions League qualifying stages last month and it appears as though they’ve changed their stance.

It’s expected a deal will be completed before the October 5 deadline, meaning Vinicius would have the international break to work with his new team-mates.

While Tottenham have been working on bringing in a new striker for a while now, a replacement for Jan Vertonghen has also been on their agenda.

Skriniar has emerged as their top target, but a deal may prove too difficult to pull off.

It is claimed that a move for Skriniar is ‘stalling’ and Inter aren’t seemingly willing to sell.

Inter chief Piero Ausilio confirmed there had been contact with Tottenham over a possible deal for the centre-back.

But he ruled out any potential transfer before the window closes on Monday.

“Skriniar? I repeat: there was contact with Tottenham, but we reiterated that he is not on the market and we have not received any special offers,” Ausilio told Sky Italy.

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