Opinion: Tottenham’s two new attacking ‘targets’ make no sense – a new Janssen?

With Tottenham Hotspur’s search for attacking reinforcements rumbling on during the transfer window, two new names have been touted in the last 12 hours as potential additions for Jose Mourinho’s men. 

Spurs are reportedly interested in Eintracht Frankfurst’s Bas Dost, according to the Daily Mail, while Sky Sports have suggested flying Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey is in their sights. 

Looking at it objectively, signing neither man would make a huge amount of sense. 

Tottenham clearly need a centre forward to provide an alternative to Harry Kane and Dost would have been a good addition a couple of seasons ago. 

But, with the Dutchman now 31 and seemingly available, it feels as though Spurs would be signing someone past their best. 

Dost is a penalty box poacher if there ever was one – but so is compatriot Vincent Janssen.  

Tottenham need a proven goalscorer but shelling out on a 31-year-old whose best days are behind him and that has no experience of English football doesn’t make sense. 

Bailey on the other hand is an exciting potential target for Spurs – but again it doesn’t seem rational that a deal could or will be completed. 

One area in which Tottenham are well stocked is in attacking wide areas, with tricky fast wingers in abundance for Mourinho to select from. 

Son Heung-min and Lucas Moura appear to be the first-choice on the flanks, while Erik Lamela, Steven Bergwijn and Moussa Sissoko are alternative options for Spurs. 

Bailey is a special player but it would not make much sense, especially at the quoted £40 million price tag, for Tottenham to blow their limited budget on the Leverkusen man. 

The search for a new striker goes on, with neither of the latest reported targets fitting the bill.