Spurs scout Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as they seek back-up for Kane

first_imgTOTTENHAM reportedly sent scouts to watch Fenerbahce and Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as they look for help for Harry Kane.Mauricio Pochettino flogged back-up forwards Fernando Llorente and Vincent Janssen in the summer, but failed to sign a replacement.3 Spurs are eying Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi as potential back-up for Harry KaneCredit: ReutersThis left the Argentine boss with just 17-year-old Troy Parrott as the only natural striker to serve as Kane’s deputy this season.However, the North London club have now been tracking Muriqi, with scouts watching on as the Fenerbahce star netted during Kosovo’s 2-1 win over the Czech Republic last weekend.According to Turkish outlet Sabah, Spurs face competition for the 25-year-old, with officials from Lazio, Fiorentina, and Napoli also in attendance.Muriqi only arrived at Instanbul giants Fenerbahce this summer from Caykur Rizespor for £3.1 million.However, he has already netted twice in the opening three Super Lig games of the season before notching another double during the international break.TOP OF THE POCHKane will get a good look at his possible future team-mate tonight, with Muriqi in action against England at St Mary’s.Kosovo boss Bernard Challandes has already acknowledged the threat posed by the Three Lions skipper, as his team’s impressive 14-game unbeaten run will be severely put to the test.When asked about the threat posed from Kane, he replied: “Harry Kane and (Raheem) Sterling and (Marcus) Rashford and, and, and, and, and…!”For me it is a wonderful team but I have only this way in my head – I don’t want to say to my team, ‘OK, we stay in our own half and defend, defend, defend’ – I hope we can play and be an opponent, not a big opponent but an opponent with intensity.”3 Spurs have been criticised this season for failing to have a Plan B to break teams down, after former target man Llorente departed on a free.The Spaniard, who used to be sent on to add a different dimension to the club’s attack, signed a two-year deal with Napoli earlier this month.Vincent Janssen was also allowed to leave for Mexican side Monterrey, after failing to impress Poch following his £17m move from AZ Alkmaar in 2016.3Ex-Tottenham star Kieran Trippier hits out at Daniel Levy and Mauricio Pochettino – and reveals he was KICKED OUT of Spurslast_img read more

Mbappe scores and sees red as PSG beat Nimes

first_img0Shares0000Kylian Mbappe scored PSG’s third goal before he saw red © AFP / Pascal GUYOTPARIS, France, Sep 1 – Kylian Mbappe scored the decisive goal but was later sent off as Paris Saint-Germain survived a major scare, and the concession of a VAR-awarded penalty, to win 4-2 at Nimes in Ligue 1 on Saturday.Neymar and Angel di Maria, the latter direct from a corner, had PSG two goals up at the Stade des Costieres, only for their newly-promoted opponents to haul themselves level heading into the final 20 minutes. But Mbappe struck in the 77th minute, his fourth goal in three appearances since winning the World Cup, to break Nimes hearts before Edinson Cavani completed the scoring in injury time.However, there was still time for Mbappe to be sent off right at the death following a clash with Teji Savanier, who was also dismissed, in a remarkable finish to the game.PSG have now won all four Ligue 1 games this season under new German coach Thomas Tuchel. They are three points clear of Dijon, whose own perfect start to the season ended with a 2-0 home defeat against Caen.“It was a great victory. The atmosphere here in Nimes is crazy. The pitch was terrible,” Tuchel told beIN Sports.Mbappe risks a lengthy ban after his red card, but he insisted he had no regrets.“If I had to do it again, I would and I would apologise to all the supporters and to everyone,” Mbappe said, claiming the initial challenge by Savanier “doesn’t belong on a football field”.PSG, who will face Liverpool in the Champions League group stage, had been busy in the transfer market before the European window closed on Friday night, completing the surprise signing of Cameroon forward Eric-Maxim Choupo-Moting.The 29-year-old joined on a free transfer after leaving English second-tier club Stoke City, and agreed a two-year deal to follow Spanish left-back Juan Bernat, signed from Bayern Munich.Neither player featured here, however, and Tuchel’s other summer recruits, Gianluigi Buffon and German defender Thilo Kehrer, started on the bench.Kylian Mbappe leaps over a Teji Savanier tackle but both players were later sent off © AFP / Pascal GUYOTNimes, the former club of Eric Cantona and Laurent Blanc, are back in the top flight this season after a 25-year absence and stunned near-neighbours Marseille in their last home outing.– Four in four for Neymar –However, PSG looked to be on course for a comfortable victory after Thomas Meunier played a one-two with Mbappe before crossing low for Neymar to score in the 36th minute.It was a fourth of the season for the Brazilian, and was followed before the interval by Di Maria netting direct from a corner, curled in from the right and helped on its way by the Nimes goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni.Nicknamed the “Crocodiles”, Nimes bit back after the restart as substitute Antonin Bobichon sent a first-time shot high into the top corner in the 63rd minute, and they were level soon after.Thiago Silva’s clumsy, late challenge on Theo Valls was not initially spotted by referee Jerome Brisard but he gave a penalty after consulting with the Video Assistant Referee, new in Ligue 1 this season.Savanier scored from the spot, and Nimes nearly went in front when Sofiane Alakouch struck the top of the bar.With PSG on the ropes, Mbappe rescued them 13 minutes from time as he controlled Presnel Kimpembe’s long ball forward and blasted home on the volley.All that was missing was a goal from the other member of Tuchel’s all-star front line and Cavani duly delivered at the death as he converted from a Julian Draxler assist.Mbappe marred his and his team’s afternoon, though, when he violently shoved Savanier to the floor in anger at a foul by the Nimes player, as both teams ended the game with 10 men.The 19-year-old, who could previously do no wrong this summer, will now definitely miss PSG’s next Ligue 1 game against Saint-Etienne.Monaco host Marseille on Sunday, while Lyon were beaten 1-0 at home by Patrick Vieira’s Nice on Friday.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more