Spurs moved into the fourth round of the FA Cup last night following a 1-0 win over Burnley, in what was their first match without this season’s top scorer Son Heung-min.
The South Korea international has linked up with his national team squad ahead of this month’s Asia Cup which could see him miss another five matches over the course of the next month.
With youngster Alejo Veliz also on the treatment table, a move for a new striker, capable of playing across the front line, was viewed as imperative by Ange Postecoglou.
Werner returned to RB Leipzig the summer before last after two underwhelming years at Chelsea, characterised by his wayward finishing.
The one-time Bundesliga Golden Boot winner has hardly fared any better back in Germany and has scored just twice this season in 14 appearances.
Despite showing few signs of returning to his once prolific form, Werner had also been attracting interest from Manchester United who, like Spurs, are in desperate need of attacking reinforcements.
ASIAN CUP FIXTURES
Group stage start: January 12 to January 25
Round of 16: January 28 to January 31
Quarter-final: February 2 and February 3
Semi-final: February 6 and February 7
Final: February 10
GAMES SON HEUNG-MIN COULD MISS FOR SPURS
Burnley (H) FA Cup – January 5
Man Utd (A) Premier League – January 14
Potential FA Cup fourth-round tie – January 27
Brentford (H) Premier League – January 31
Everton (A) Premier League – February 3
Brighton (H) Premier League – February 10
According to Sky Germany, however, Spurs are close to sealing a loan deal for the 27-year-old who is primed to leave RB’s winter training camp.
Positive talks have already been held between the two clubs, according to Sky Germany, over a six-month agreement but it is, as yet, unclear as to whether an option to buy clause will be included in the deal.
Speaking ahead of the win over Burnley, Postecoglou remained coy on the subject of Spurs adding new blood during the January window.
‘It’s hard to say because I don’t get involved in that side of it,’ he explained. ‘As I said leading into the window, we’ve got some objectives and some targets and we’re working towards that.
‘People behind the scenes and in charge of those areas are working towards that and my role within that is when I’m sought for guidance and clarity on which way we need to go, I provide that.’
Asked if he has an ideal number of new faces he wants to see come through the door in January, he said: ‘No, it doesn’t work that way. There are a lot of moving parts in a window like this.
‘Like I said, January you don’t expect too much in terms of activity but again I’ve said before is that every opportunity we have to strengthen the team, strengthen the squad, we should try and take.
‘Depending on the sort of opportunities we have to do that this month, we’ll try and do it.’
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