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Tottenham must ‘act quickly’ in striker pursuit to avoid similar Diaz fate



Paddy Kenny has urged Tottenham Hotspur to “act quickly” if they want to sign highly-rated Benfica forward Darwin Nunez.

Newcastle, West Ham, Manchester United and Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 22-year-old, who has scored 21 goals in 23 Portuguese league games this term.

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A report last month added Tottenham to the mix, with 90min claiming that Nunez is ‘ready to move’ to the Premier League.

Spurs were keen on signing Adama Traore and Luis Diaz in January, however, they missed out on their targets after they opted to join Barcelona and Liverpool, respectively.

And Kenny fears that Antonio Conte’s side may face a similar situation with Nunez if they don’t “act quickly”.

“That has to be a worry for Tottenham now,” Kenny told Football Insider. “You have to be worried for them. If they have made contact then the agent will be letting other clubs know so Spurs need to act quickly.

“As we saw in January, Tottenham is not the most attractive club to play for at the moment. Certainly compared to the likes of Liverpool and Barcelona, who stole Traore and Diaz in January.

“I don’t see why that won’t happen again here. It looks like there are a lot of teams interested in Nunez.

“So if Tottenham do have a bid accepted or anything like that, maybe another side will come in and match it. That’s just something Tottenham have to deal with at the moment.”

Meanwhile, Spurs head coach Antonio Conte insists Champions League qualification is “important” for himself and the club.

The north Londoners are three points behind Arsenal in fourth as they look to finish inside the top four for the first time since 2018/19.

“If you had asked me [before] about our possiblity to reach a place in the Champions League, I would say very, very difficult,” Conte said.

“Now I think we have to try to fight until the end to have the possibility to reach this target. I think to play in the Champions League next season is important for me, important for the players and the fans.

“To play in the Champions League is completely different to the Europa League and Conference League. It’s a different target for the club because you can plan for important things.”

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