Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has said he does not want to sign a forward who is afraid of competing with Harry Kane and Son Heung-min.
Mourinho is eager to bring in an additional striker before the transfer window closes, but some players, like Red Bull Salzburg’s Patson Daka, have refused to join Tottenham.
Despite Tottenham’s need for additional attacking firepower, Mourinho is adamant that any potential new signing must have the right attitude.
Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho sent major warning to club transfer targets
Mourinho says he doesn’t want to sign players who are afraid to compete with Harry Kane
As reported by The Mirror, Mourinho said: “The goal is not to convince the striker, it’s the striker who convinces me.
And if the forward is afraid of coming to Tottenham, and the forward is afraid of the competition, I don’t want a forward.
“If he says I don’t want to go because I don’t want to be on a team where we have Harry Kane, Son, Lamela, Lucas Moura then bye.” “
Mourinho is confident Tottenham will be able to bring in a striker.
“Yes, I want, I need a striker. The club know I want a striker and they want a striker. Are we going to get one? I believe him. For the balance of the team, we need it.
“Are we going to get one?” I believe it, I honestly believe it.
Red Bull Salzburg’s Patson Daka is one of the forwards who dismissed Tottenham
Tottenham are also set to miss signing of Arkadiusz Milik, valued at £ 27.6million
Tottenham are likely to miss out on signing Arkadiusz Milik as they are not ready to pay Napoli the £ 27.6million asking price.
Meanwhile, Mourinho is getting worked up over a fixture schedule that could see Tottenham play nine games in the first 22 days.
Mourinho demanded who devised the plan – which he called “non-human” – and threatened to send his youth team to the Carabao Cup.
“If I think about it too much I will be depressed,” said the Spurs boss. “I want to go into every game with a smile, but I asked my boys which of them thought they could play those nine games for 90 minutes and no one said ‘I can’.
“So we’re all very, very aware that it’s impossible to do that. It’s not human. At the end of the day, you end up asking who are the enlightened people who make these decisions? I would like to know because at the moment they are hiding.
“Who plays a team on Sunday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, Tuesday again, Thursday again, Sunday again?” Do they want us to play with the Carabao Cup youth team? Are they from us? This is my question.
Tottenham kicked off their Premier League campaign against Everton on Sunday before traveling to Bulgaria to face Lokomotiv Plovdiv in a Europa League qualifier on Thursday and then return to Southampton on Sunday week.
Mourinho slammed a fixture list which could see his side play nine games in 22 days
They have a Carabao Cup third round draw against Plymouth or Leyton Orient on Tuesday September 22 and, if they win in Bulgaria, another Europa League qualifier in Macedonia or Romania two days later, before a League match against Newcastle on Sunday 27.
If they are still in the two cup competitions, they will play the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Tuesday 29 and a playoff of the Europa League on Thursday 1 October before a trip to Manchester United on Sunday 4 then an international break.
“It’s a big risk in terms of our ambitions,” Mourinho said. “First of all, because it’s very, very possible that you lose one of these matches. If you lose in the Europa League, you go out. If you lose in the Carabao Cup, you come out.
“So at this level it’s a big risk. Injury, obviously. Everyone talks about a lot of games at certain times, but it’s unique. It never happened. If we decide that one of these competitions is not important to us, we are going against the nature of the club and against our own ambitions.
“We have our ambitions and we have our rights to try to fight for the competitions. “