Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has revealed that signing a striker would be Spurs' priority in the summer and thus reduce the pressure on Harry Kane, who is looking visibly jaded after exerting himself in what has been a breakthrough season for the player.
Kane has scored 29 goals this season in all competitions and would be gunning for his 30th against Newcastle in their league encounter at St James' Park on Sunday. However, with Roberto Soldado out of form and Emmanuel Adebayor out of favour, the manager is unlikely to rotate, especially with Champions League qualification still a distant possibility.
Tottenham are likely to listen to offers for both Soldado and Adebayor, having refuted a move to West Ham in January for the Togolese international. Pochettino is looking to bring in players who are more suited to his style of football, after an impressive debut season at the club.
The Argentine will work with new chief of recruitment Paul Mitchell on a deal and is scouring through the list of strikers available who can add value to the club and bring them closer to achieving their dream of qualifying for the Champions League.
When asked if he was looking to sign a striker, Pochettino said, "It is one of our ideas, our priority. Maybe, yes. We record all the training sessions and we need to sit, analyse and take a decision."
Meanwhile, the manager also has called on the PFA to hand Kane the Player of the Year award because the player's emergence from rags this season will inspire a whole generation of English players. Kane, from a virtual nobody and on his way out of the club, has emerged as England's best striker this season, a resurrection that Pochettino believes needs to be rewarded.
"I think that Hazard is a very good player, he's fantastic, a great player. But the impact that Harry has had on English football is massive. Maybe the impact is bigger than Hazard and his performances," Pochettino said.
"Everyone knew that Hazard is a brilliant player. But I think not too many people expected that Harry Kane would show the performances that he has this season. This is the difference I believe," he added.