Tottenham's search for a Harry Kane replacement has accelerated in the past couple of hours with Ekram Konur reporting that the club have agreed personal terms with Nigerian striker, Gift Orban. The 21-year-old Gent forward has a number of admirers across Europe meaning Spurs will face competition for his signature, however, the news that they have agreed personal terms with him bodes well, less than a week after they lost Kane.
Orban is one of many names to be linked with the club since Kane took the plunge and moved to Bayern Munich last weekend, with Romelu Lukaku and Aleksandar Mitrovic also linked with Ange Postecoglou's side. However, if reports are to be believed, then the Nigerian is the man who will be tasked with battling out with Richarlison for the central striker's spot in Postecoglou's starting eleven.
Orban, who has also been linked with a move to Serie A, would cost the club around €30m meaning they would still have plenty of money left to spend after they picked up €100m from Bayern for Kane. As such, a move for another forward player or midfielder certainly isn't out of the question.
Spurs drew 2-2 away at Brentford in their opening game of the season and there were encouraging signs for Postecoglou, however, there is definitely plenty of work still to do as the Australian looks to build a squad capable of getting the club back in the top four in the Premier League table.
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What would Spurs be getting in Orban?
As a player, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to Gift Orban. For starters, he is on a rapid upwards trajectory after only signing for Gent in January. Prior to that, he played up front for the Norweigan side, Stabæk, who received just €3.3m for him.
After arriving at Gent, Orban hit the ground running and has scored 20 goals in 22 appearances for the Belgian side. Most recently, he netted a hat-trick against Pogon Szczecin in a Europa Conference League qualifier last week which may have been what caught Spurs' attention with scouts likely in attendance.
Orban is yet to play for Nigeria at international level and could yet still switch allegiance to Togo due to his mother's heritage. As things stand, Victor Osimhen is firmly established as Nigeria's number one striker so this could be something he considers if he fails to break into the squad this season.