Tottenham look set to miss out on Krzysztof Piatek after AC Milan knocked back their loan offer.
The Poland international had been firmly on Jose Mourinho’s radar.
He desperately needs a replacement for injured talisman Harry Kane and had earmarked the Milan ace.
Piatek is highly rated across Europe but has fallen down the pecking order at the San Siro.
The arrival of Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic means his place in the first team is far from guaranteed.
Spurs had submitted a loan bid, but Milan would prefer to get him off the books permanently.
Bundesliga side Hertha Berlin have submitted a £23m bid and the north Londoners looks unlikely to match that.
It’s understood he’ll now jet off to the German capital to complete a medical and paperwork.
Piatek reckons he’ll get more game time in London – but Mourinho’s reluctance to splash the cash means he’s seemingly Berlin bound.
Earlier this month, ex-Spurs striker Darren Bent urged his former club to get in Edinson Cavani from PSG.
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“So Spurs now need to sign a centre-forward in this transfer window,” Bent told talkSPORT.
“Not one to play back-up to Harry Kane when he comes back, they need one to come in now who is ready to go.
“We’ve spoken about Cavani – there’s your guy! Go and get him! He’s getting on in age but can still do a job.”
Chelsea have also been linked with Cavani and Piatek.
But Frank Lampard’s search for a new striker to ease the burden on Tammy Abraham is expected to go to the wire.