Tottenham are interested in signing Beijing Guoan forward Cedric Bakambu, according to reports.
Bakambu, the DR Congo international, has enjoyed a prolific spell in the Chinese Super League since swapping Villarreal for Beijing earlier this year, going on to net 19 times for the club in just 23 appearances.
He’s helped Beijing Guoan into fourth in the CSL, and currently sits fifth in the competition’s scoring charts.
However, Bakambu’s Chinese adventure could be coming to an end when the European transfer window reopens in January.
According to L’Est Republican, Tottenham have already ‘laid the groundwork’ to secure a deal for Bakambu in the ‘very near future’.
Earlier this year, Spurs became the first team to not sign a single player in the summer since the transfer window was introduced in 2003, but there are suggestions Mauricio Pochettino could dip into the market in the winter.
The reported interest in Bakambu comes as Spurs are linked with signing a new centre-forward to play back-up to Harry Kane, following the struggles endured in north London by the players previously and presently tasked with playing that role, Vincent Janssen and Fernando Llorente.
27-year-old Bakambu started his career with Sochaux in his native France, before playing in Turkey then Spain, where he enjoyed a productive two-and-a-half year spell with Villarreal.
Beijing Guoan completed the signing of Bakambu for a reported £35.4million on February 28, one day before the 2018 CSL season got under way.