Tottenham Hotspur have not made an opening bid for Basel starlet Breel Embolo, according to the forward's club. Harry Kane finished the 2015-16 season as the Premier League's top scorer with 25 goals to his name, but manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to bring in further reinforcements up front to take the strain off the England international.
Embolo, 19, is quickly garnering a reputation as of one Europe's brightest young forwards. Basel have already rejected a €27m (£20.8m, $30.4m) bid from Wolfsburg for the Switzerland international this year, with Manchester United also monitoring the youngster, according to the Manchester Evening News.
The Sun claim Tottenham are the latest club to try and tempt Basel with an offer, but the Swiss giants have firmly denied suggestions and were surprised to hear claims of a bid coming their way.
"No offers exists from Tottenham and there is nothing to suggest that Breel's path leads into that direction," Basel president Bernhard Heusler told Blick. "It is one of the rumours that are being thrown around at the moment."
Recruiting another striker is likely to be a priority for Tottenham during the summer transfer window. The club made four bids to sign West Brom hitman Saido Berahino during last summer's transfer window, failing on each occasion as the Baggies held firm in their valuation of the player. They are also tracking Marseille's Michy Batshuayi, according to Pochettino himself.
"It is obvious we need to improve our offensive area. We don't need too much. We play with one striker, Harry Kane – and it is true that Nacer Chadli, Heung-Min Son and Clinton Njie can all play this position," Pochettino was quoted as saying by The Sun.
"But we need a proper striker to improve our squad. It is a big challenge for us to fight again for a second season."