Tottenham Hotspur have identified Antoine Griezmann as the man they want to fill Gareth Bale’s boots, a year after the Welshman left White Hart Lane. But Spurs face a battle to land Griezmann, with Monaco interested in the French international and Chelsea also keeping a watching brief on the situation.

Tottenham are understood to have already made one bid for Griezmann, but have been told they will have to meet the £25 million buy-out clause in his Real Sociedad contract.

That still might not be enough, as Monaco could offer Griezmann Champions League football and much higher wages.

Tottenham did not buy a direct replacement for Bale after selling him to Real Madrid for £85 million last summer, instead trying to cover for his loss with a host of signings who enjoyed mixed fortunes.

Recognising that the team lack power and in the absence of Bale, Spurs have made signing a top-quality forward who can drift in from the left to create and score goals a priority. Griezmann has identified as that man, following an impressive season for Sociedad, where he scored 20 goals, and good performances for France in the World Cup.