Report: Tottenham eye £12m player who scored more goals than Gareth Bale last season

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Tottenham Hotspur aren’t short of forwards with Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura, Bryan Gil and Steven Bergwijn at their disposal, but Sport.ro (h/t Sport Witness) say they’re after another attacker following Gareth Bale’s return to Real Madrid and Erik Lamela’s move to Sevilla.

The 22-year-old joined Parma from FCSB in January 2021 and has gone on to make 16 appearances in all competitions, scoring three goals with one assist. Man was prolific in his final season with FCSB, having a hand in 24 goals from 34 games, so Tottenham will hope he can replicate that form if signed.

Man bagged more goals (17) at his former club than Bale (16) in 2020/21, so the Romanian international would be an improvement in the squad. The 22-year-old won’t break the bank either with an asking price of €14m (£12m), so Spurs could land themselves a potential bargain.

Parma might be resigned to letting him go as they suffered relegation to Serie B and have had a lukewarm start to the new season with a 1-1 draw at Frosinone. Tottenham will be an attractive proposition for Man being in the Europa League while leading the Premier League table after two games, but it remains to be seen where he’ll end up.

Man predominantly plays as a right-winger, so he would be Bale’s replacement. He’s also able to operate as a makeshift centre-forward, so Nuno would have some cover for Harry Kane and Son.

Summary

Man has struggled at Parma, but his form in Romania should be enough to convince Tottenham that he’s worth making a move for. Parma were hoping he’d keep them up when they signed him, but their relegation may be the reason he moves on – it’s hard to turn down the Premier League when you’re in the Italian second tier.