Tottenham can replicate James Maddison transfer to give Ange Postecoglou exactly what he wants

James Maddison of Tottenham Hotspur embraces the team's manager, Ange Postecoglou, following the team's victory during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on August 19, 2023 in London, England.
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Tottenham's need to sign a striker this summer is clear for all to see. Losing the club's all-time top goalscorer in Harry Kane on the eve of the 2023/24 season, Spurs were just not able to replace the 30-year-old in what remained of the summer transfer window.

That is now a priority for Ange Postecoglou and the club in this summer's transfer market and all connected with Tottenham will be hoping that they get their man sooner rather than later. Richarlison did manage to contribute with 12 goals in all competitions last term as he got an extended run in his preferred striker role but the Brazilian did miss nine games through injury and Son Heung-min operated centrally in his absence.

Although Son did go on to score five more goals across the season than his teammate, the Tottenham captain offers much more to the team playing from the left flank and that's where Postecoglou will want his star man on a consistent basis next campaign. If Tottenham are to kick on from their fifth-place finish and compete towards the top of the Premier League from August onwards, Johan Lange needs to bring a prolific goalscorer to the club. understands that the Lilywhites have compiled a shortlist of forwards who fit their profile of signing players for the present and long-term and therefore are at the most aged in their mid-twenties or younger. Lille's Jonathan David is someone who is high on their list after a very impressive couple of seasons in France.

In amongst the goals in his two seasons with Belgian side Gent, the Canada international has continued to find the back of the net regularly for Lille. The 2023/24 season proved to be another very fruitful year for the player as he matched his tally from the previous campaign by netting 26 goals in total.

David, who has been linked with a Premier League switch in recent years, now has 84 goals in 183 appearances for Lille, as well as 27 goals in 51 games for Canada. Tottenham are not the only club keen on the Brooklyn-born player, though, as Chelsea, Manchester United and West Ham have also been linked with the 24-year-old.

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Tipped to seal a move away from Lille for quite some time, this could be the summer where David does indeed move on for a new challenge elsewhere. One of the main reasons for a possible transfer exit finally coming to fruition is due to his current contract status at Stade Pierre-Mauroy.

The striker will enter the final year of his Lille contract on Monday and it does present interested clubs with the chance to sign him for a cut-price fee. It has been suggested that David, who is valued at £50.7million by CIES Football Observatory, could be available for as little as £20million this summer.

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That in turn could see David's prospective next club secure quite the transfer bargain ahead of the 2024/25 season. Tottenham themselves did likewise 12 months ago after agreeing on a £40million deal with Leicester City for James Maddison.

Just like David, Maddison was on the verge of entering the final year of his contract and the Foxes' relegation from the Premier League meant that an exit from the King Power Stadium was always a certainty to happen. Had the England international had a couple more years left on his contract then Tottenham may have ended up paying around £60million to get their man.

Whether David is the striker Tottenham do indeed move for in the weeks ahead remains to be seen. The frontman's participation in the current Copa America may delay a possible Lille exit for the time being but he should not be short of suitors due to the amount of goals he has plundered for club and country.

If a fee of around £20million is enough to secure the services of David, it may turn out to be money very well spent if he goes on to replicate his Ligue 1 form in the Premier League.