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Mourinho hopeful Tottenham will sign a new striker

José Mourinho thinks Tottenham will be successful in adding another forward to his squad, having been linked with moves for several candidates.

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Mourinho 'optimistic' new striker will arrive at Tottenham

Tottenham manager José Mourinho is feeling optimistic he will have a new striker in his squad by the time the the transfer window closes on Monday. Spurs have reportedly made a breakthrough in their bid to add another striking option to support Harry Kane after being linked with a number of players across Europe. Mourinho is hopeful the club will make a signing, but regardless of the outcome he is thrilled by the support the club have given him in the market, with Gareth Bale, Sergio Reguilón, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Matt Doherty among their additions.

Asked if a new striker would come in, Mourinho said: "I am optimistic, but more than that I like the feeling that we are trying everything to do it. My club and structure is trying everything to do it. If we succeed, great, I believe so and if we don't, that's football."

Praise for Ndombélé

Speaking ahead of Tottenham's home Europa League play-off tie against Maccabi Haifa on Thursday, Mourinho also heaped praise on midfielder Tanguy Ndombélé.

A marquee signing last season, Ndombélé initially struggled but has impressed of late and starred in Tuesday's EFL Carabao Cup penalty shoot-out win over Chelsea, which is part of a frantic run of fixtures.

"Tanguy is playing amazing," said Mourinho. "I am very, very happy. You can feel the happiness. Physically he has to be better, he will be better. But if you compare this Tanguy with last season's Tanguy, there is no point in comparing. But he can get better, he can be really phenomenal."

United away

Spurs, who have also been in negotiations with Inter over defender Milan Skriniar, play Mourinho's former club Manchester United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Sunday.