Date: 11th January 2019 at 4:00am
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According to Fussball Transfers, Tottenham are keen to sign David Selke to provide backup for Harry Kane. The 23-year-old is reportedly happy to make the switch as he’s struggled for form and playing time at Hertha Berlin this season, but will Spurs really sanction a move for the player?

Given Tottenham have already wasted more than £30m on the signings of Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente, they’ll surely be more cautious before signing another centre-forward. Heung-min Son and Erik Lamela can operate as makeshift strikers in Kane’s absence, so it’s hard to see a new attacker brought in unless Spurs are sure of his quality.

Selke has scored 15 goals in 47 games for Hertha since his 2017-move from RB Leipzig, but he’s netted just once in 15 Bundesliga outings this season. The 23-year-old enjoyed a bright debut campaign at the Olympiastadion Berlin, but his form fell off a cliff in 2018/19. Selke’s first 10 league appearances were from the bench, so it’s not a surprise he only hit the back of the net once.

Nevertheless, Tottenham can’t afford another blunder in the transfer market as funds are already tight due to the new stadium build. With no recruitment sanctioned over the summer, it appears highly unlikely that a move for an out-of-form Selke will be green-lighted in January.

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