Jose Mourinho has finally got his hands on another striker at Tottenham, with Carlos Vinicius joining the club on a season-long loan from Benfica.
The Spurs boss was reportedly left in disbelief that Daniel Levy had not yet signed an understudy to Harry Kane, having been left without a recognised centre-forward for eight matches last season when the latter sustained a serious hamstring injury.
However, on Thursday Benfica confirmed that Vinicius has completed a £3million loan move to Mourinho’s side, who will have the option to buy him outright for £38millilon at the end of the season.
The Brazilian scored 24 goals in 47 appearances for Benfica last term after sealing a £15million move from Napoli.
His arrival will ease the workload on Kane, who has been the only striker at Mourinho’s disposal since Fernando Llorente’s departure last summer.
When asked about the progress of the deal on Thursday night, the Portuguese remained tight-lipped.
“No, I want you to ask me that question when it's confirmed,” Mourinho said after Spurs’ 7-2 Europa League win over Maccabi Haifa.
“Nobody told me it's done so I'm going to respect the situation, respect the player, respect Benfica and wait a little bit more.
“Next time we see each other maybe I'm in conditions to answer.”
Another man who will be delighted that Spurs have signed a new striker is England boss Gareth Southgate.
With the delayed Euro 2020 tournament still to come next summer, Southgate will be desperate to keep Three Lions captain Kane fit and firing over the course of the season.
Earlier this week he hit back at demands from Mourinho to rest the 27-year-old more in international friendlies.
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“He won't phone but he will stand on the top of Tottenham's stadium and tell us, so that was good,” Southgate said.
“I’m upset I am not one of his friends. I know Steve [Holland] is but in fairness he helped him to a title so that's understandable.”
Mourinho responded on Thursday by saying: “What I can promise to my friend Steve Holland, and so my new friend Gareth isn’t jealous, to him too, is I don’t play Harry one minute of a friendly match this season.”
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