Harry Kane is the first choice striker at Tottenham Hotspur and Fernando Llorente was his back-up last season.

The former Swansea City man left the north London club after his contract expired and Mauricio Pochettino is left with Vincent Janssen, who has struggled to impress and is likely also leaving, as the other striker in the squad.

With Real Madrid interested in signing Christian Eriksen, El Desmarque reported on Monday the former Southampton boss asked Mariano to be included as part of any potential deal.

Today’s edition of Catalan newspaper Sport once again claims Spurs are one of the clubs interested in the 25-year-old as they view him as a replacement for Llorente.

However, Tottenham and any other potential suitors are set to face a challenge in signing the Spaniard because he wants another opportunity at the Santiago Bernabeu next campaign. 

It’s claimed Mariano has such confidence in himself that he is refusing to leave Los Blancos, despite the fact that Zinedine Zidane has several options in the attacking division.

It’s unlikely Mariano will get regular minutes, if he decides to stay at Real Madrid.

Taken away from the Eriksen issue, Tottenham signing Mariano makes a lot of sense. He’d have a better chance of minutes, with just Harry Kane ahead of him, rather than a troop of others, and Spurs need a good level second striker.

He just needs convincing.