Tottenham are closing in on the signing of Benfica striker Vinicius as the club look to bolster their attacking options before the transfer deadline.
Jose Mourinho had been keen to add a new centre-forward to his squad in the final days of the transfer window and the north London side are now in discussions over a loan deal for Vinicius, the deal with Benfica set to be a season-long loan deal with the option to purchase the Brazilian for a fee of £36m.
Vinicius signed for the Portuguese side from Napoli last summer and enjoyed a prolific debut campaign, scoring 24 goals in all competitions to finish as the leading scorer in the Primeira Liga.
According to Sky Sports, the forward’s performances had attracted interest from a host of leading clubs including the likes of Inter Milan and Juventus, though Spurs now appear close to ending their striker search by bringing the player to the Premier League.
Mourinho’s interest in signing a new forward has been no secret with Spurs having been linked with a host of players throughout the summer months, the likes of Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik and Torino’s Andrea Belotti amongst those on the club’s radar.
Alexander Sorloth – who scored prolifically during a loan spell at Trabzonspor from Crystal Palace last season – was also rumoured to be a target, the towering Norwegian having since completed a move to RB Leipzig.
Spurs will hope the arrival of Vinicius will end the club’s long-standing issue in finding a capable back-up to talisman Harry Kane, the undisputed first-choice status of the England captain having led to difficulties in signing suitable cover.
The 27-year-old has begun the new season in excellent form and leads the Premier League for assists with five, but his concerning injury record in recent seasons has heightened the need for cover ahead of the transfer window’s closure on October 5.