Tottenham have seen their offer of £10 million for AZ Alkmaar striker Vincent Janssen rejected.
The north Londoners are keen to bolster their attacking options ahead of the 2016/17 season and ease the workload on star man Harry Kane.
At 22, Janssen is viewed as an ideal understudy to Kane, who has seemed fatigued thus far at Euro 2016 after an arduous season for club and country.
Yet Spurs will have to improve their opening offer of £10 million rejected by AZ, with the club’s sporting director Max Huiberts believing the offer to be derisory.
“The difference between the offer and the price we demand was too big,” Huiberts told De Telegraaf.
“Spurs have made the only official bid. I’ve read a lot of speculation and been telephoned by other clubs but no one else has any concrete offer.”
The Dutch forward was instrumental in his side’s 2-1 victory against England at Wembley back in March, bagging a goal and providing an assist.