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Six signings Spurs should target with the Harry Kane cash

Spurs are set for a new chapter after the sale of Harry Kane to Bayern Munich, with the north Londoners agreeing the sale of their record goalscorer for a fee which could reach £100m with add-ons.

Kane’s contract situation left Spurs with no alternative but to cash in on the England captain, whose prolific presence will be difficult to replace for new manager Ange Postecoglou.

An opening weekend draw with Brentford has only added to the argument that Spurs need reinforcements right across the pitch and we’ve profiled six potential Tottenham targets.

Six signings Spurs should target with the Harry Kane cash:

Edmond Tapsoba

Edmond Tapsoba is understood to be near the top of Tottenham’s transfer wish-list this summer, as Ange Postecoglou looks to reinforce his backline. No side in last season’s top half conceded more goals than the north Londoners, who despite adding goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario and centre-back Micky van de Ven are keen on further defensive additions.

Eric Dier has also been linked with an exit and his departure would increase the need for more signings, with Tapsoba appearing a fine option. The Bayer Leverkusen defender has attracted admiring glances from Europe’s top teams since swapping Portugal’s Vitória S.C. for the Bundesliga in 2020 and was nominated for the 2022 African Player of the Year award.

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The 24-year-old possesses a powerful 6ft 4in frame and is quick across the ground, while he ranked in the top 10% of centre-backs in Europe’s top five leagues for passes, progressive passes, progressive carries and successful take-ons per game last season.

Tapsoba also ranked second for forward passes (879) in the Bundesliga last season and would add another athletic option to Postecoglou’s centre-back stocks.

Gift Orban

Tottenham have been linked with reinvesting the Kane funds into one of Europe’s emerging frontmen, with Gift Orban having stolen headlines since swapping Stabæk for Gent in January.

The Nigerian has scored 25 goals in just 25 appearances for Gent since his arrival last winter, including a record-breaking Europa Conference League hat-trick against İstanbul Başakşehir. His first-half treble was scored within three minutes and 25 seconds, setting a new record for the fastest hat-trick scored in UEFA club competition.

Still just 21, Orban is viewed as a forward rich in potential and could be the ideal addition to a frontline containing Son Heung-min, Richarlison and Dejan Kulusevki.

A move to the Premier League would represent a sizeable step up for Orban, but at a reported asking price of €30m (£26m) he represents medium-risk and high reward. A prolific period in Belgium has catapulted Orban into the consciousness of top clubs, part of an exciting generation of Nigerian forwards alongside Victor Osimhem, Terem Moffi, Victor Boniface and Tolu Arokodare.

Benjamin Pavard

Benjamin Pavard is keen to leave Bayern Munich in search of a new challenge and is understood to have attracted interest from a number of Premier League clubs.

Manchester United and Liverpool are said to have courted the France international, though the former’s move for Pavard has stalled after Harry Maguire’s proposed transfer to West Ham collapsed.

Spurs could look to take advantage and launch a move for Pavard, who is out of contract at Bayern next summer and reportedly available for a fee of around £30m. The 27-year-old has won four consecutive Bundesliga titles and the Champions League with Bayern, alongside World Cup success with France in 2018.

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Pavard’s arrival appears a no-brainer given the fee involved, his quality and experience, while it is an addition which could solve two problems. The Frenchman would add to Spurs centre-back options, while his comfortability at right-back also provides a more solid option than the adventurous – but defensively susceptible – Pedro Porro and Emerson Royal.

Last season, Pavard ranked in the 90th percentile or higher among his positional peers for passes, progressive passes, progressive carries, and tackles. He has the attributes to thrive in Postecoglou’s possession-dominant approach.

Conor Gallagher

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The England international impressed on the opening weekend in an unfamiliar defensive role, but Chelsea’s subsequent deals for Moises Caicedo and Romeo Lavia leave Gallagher’s role unclear.

Tottenham are one of a host of Premier League clubs said to be monitoring his situation and the 24-year-old could be a fine fit across the capital. At his best Gallagher is a tireless midfield presence, capable of setting the tempo of a press and injecting much needed energy into the engine room.

Alongside a reenergised Yves Bissouma he could be an ideal option, especially in the event that Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg leaves Spurs amid interest from Atletico Madrid. Gallagher would not come cheap and has been priced at around £45m, but appears a signing that makes sense.

Brennan Johnson

Brennan Johnson’s impressive first season of Premier League football has lengthened his list of admirers, with Spurs chief among those reportedly keen to prise the forward from Nottingham Forest.

Johnson scored eight goals and laid on three assists as Forest secured another season of top-flight football and, at 22, has the potential to evolve into an effective Premier League option. Comfortable across the forward line and possessing pace and energy, he has raw attributes that Postecoglou could mould in seasons to come.

Forest will demand a high price for their homegrown hero however, though Spurs have potential sweeteners to secure a deal, with Bryan Gil and Djed Spence – the latter having had a successful loan spell at Nottingham Forest in 2021/22 – mooted as potential makeweights.

Ivan Toney

Harry Kane’s goals will be difficult to replace for Spurs, but Ivan Toney could be the solution.

Only Erling Haaland and Kane outscored the Brentford forward last season, as the 27-year-old continued his seamless adaptation to the Premier League with a 20-goal league campaign.

Toney is magnificent in the air, prolific and capable of linking up with Spurs options in the final third, with his form in recent seasons having earned him a place in Gareth Southgate’s England plans.

Postecoglou has dismissed the notion of signing a ‘like-for-like’ replacement for Kane, but Toney has a well-rounded centre-forward skillset to replace the loss of the former Tottenham talisman.

His lengthy ban for breaching gambling rules means Toney would be unavailable to feature until January at the earliest, but could that situation make the Bees forward more affordable and attainable? Toney has two years remaining on his contract at Brentford and may now feel ready for a new challenge, after 68 goals across three seasons in west London.

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