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Tottenham move for £23m Ligue 1 striker as competition for Harry Kane

Spurs are closing in on a deal to bring the Frenchman to White Hart Lane to help carry the burden up front

TOTTENHAM are bidding to sign Nice’s free-scoring striker Alassane Plea, according to reports.

The France Under-21 international hit 21 goals in 48 games for his Ligue 1 club last season.

Alassane Plea has been in fine scoring form since joining Nice four years ago

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Alassane Plea has been in fine scoring form since joining Nice four years ago

Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino is understood to have turned his attentions to Plea after struggling to prise Anthony Martial away from Manchester United.


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And sources close to Nice claim the north Londoners have tabled an opening bid of €25million – £23m.

Plea, 25, voiced his ambition to move on to a bigger club earlier this year.  He joined the Riviera-based outfit from Lyon in 2014.

Nice president Jean-Pierre Riviere has since given the striker the green light to leave this summer.

While Harry Kane continues to be Tottenham’s main striker, they have struggled to find a suitable backup

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While Harry Kane continues to be Tottenham’s main striker, they have struggled to find a suitable backup

Plea won France caps at all levels from Under-18 to Under-21, and narrowly missed out on inclusion in Les Bleus’ World Cup squad.

He has been Nice’s top marksman for the past two seasons, and his feats last term included a QUADRUPLE strike in their 5-2 win at Guingamp in March.

Born in Lille, he started out with lower-league sides Ascq and Wasquehal before joining Lyon aged 16.

He could now provide competition for England talisman Harry Kane as Spurs return to White Hart Lane for the new season.