Tottenham are exploring the possibility of signing Moussa Dembele following confirmation of a severe injury to Harry Kane, reports say.

England international is ready to undergo surgery on his hamstring and could miss the rest of the Premier League campaign, leaving Jose Mourinho without his No.1 centre-forward.

Tottenham are in negotiations with AC Milan for Krzysztof Piatek, but the Portuguese coach is also keen on France international. Blues made Moussa one of their top transfer targets this month and lodged a £34m offer for the goalscorer, which was rejected by Lyon.

Les Gones are adamant Dembele is going nowhere and released a public statement earlier this month insisting the centre-forward was not for sale, but reports this week claimed he has already agreed on personal terms with the Blues.

With Harry’s injury, Jose has a lack of natural strikers at his disposal and Tottenham have been attracted to the 23-year-old centre-forward because of his excellent goalscoring record. the French striker has scored 13 times this campaign and has 33 goals in 73 matches for the Ligue 1 giants.

Spurs are wary of relying on Lucas Moura and Son-Heung Min, who are both natural wide-men in Tottenham. Kane leads Spurs scoring charts with 17 goals this campaign, streaks ahead of Son and Moura. There has been no formal bid for him, and after Lyon’s public hands-off message to Blues, Spurs might find it difficult to convince Lyon to sell.

‘L’Olympique Lyonnais are aware of certain reports in the media which suggest that Moussa Dembele could be of interest to other clubs during this transfer period,’ a Lyon statement read.