AZ Alkmaar have denied reports they have received an offer from Tottenham Hotspur for Vincent Janssen, but admit they are already considering replacements for the Dutch striker.
Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has made signing a new striker to ease the burden on Harry Kane a top priority this summer. While the Argentine has confirmed Marseille striker Michy Batshuayi was being considered, it would appear the club have shifted their focus to Janssen.
Sky Sports reported on 8 June Spurs were in talks with AZ over a move for the 21-year-old, claiming his club are demanding a fee of £12m ($17.4m).
Jansen was the Eredivisie's top scorer last season and was also on target for the Netherlands in recent friendlies against Poland and Austria. While AZ sporting director Max Huiberts says the club have not received an offer from North London, he suggests their interest is real and admits the striker's growing profile means a summer exit is inevitable.
"We have not yet received an offer," Huiberts was quoted as saying by Voetbal International.
On the subject of Janssen's recent form for Netherlands, he added: "On the one hand this is good news, but on the other hand, it also creates more interest from other clubs with these goals. We love Vincent and would like him to stay at AZ next season.
"But should Vincent leave the club we will use that money to start looking for a replacement."
After scoring against Austria on Saturday, Janssen remained coy on the possibility of a move to England, but made no secret of his desire to move onto bigger and better things this summer.
He told Fox Sports: "I want to make a step, that is clear. England? We will see. Maybe something will happen in the holidays. I will take my phone with me anyway."