Darren Bent believes that Tottenham should consider raiding Southampton and Crystal Palace for Danny Ings and Wilfried Zaha respectively should they lose Harry Kane this summer.
There has been plenty of speculation over the last few days suggesting that Kane has reiterated his intention to leave Tottenham this summer.
The likes of Alasdair Gold have continued to suggest that the striker is not going to cause any problems behind the scenes and is thus unlikely to be sold unless there is a substantial offer.
However, Tottenham’s poor showing against Aston Villa yesterday is only likely to have furthered the striker’s resolve to quit the club, with Kane looking distraught during his lap of honour around the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium after the final whistle.
While the England captain is not a player who is easily replaceable for Spurs, Bent believes that the North Londoners could potentially use the funds to bolster several areas of the pitch.
The former Tottenham striker insisted that the Lilywhites would be wise to go for two proven Premier League attackers in Zaha and Ings to fill the void left by the 27-year-old.
He told talkSPORT: “You’re never going to sign a recognised centre-forward who is going to give you the same kind of output [as Kane]. He is one of the best two strikers in the world.
“So you’re going to have to start getting goals from other areas. I’ve spoken about Danny Ings, he’s not a direct replacement, but he’ll get you goals.
“Someone like Wilfried Zaha, get him in the squad, you’d be able to get him if you’ve got £150m to spend.
“You’ll have to add additions all over the Spurs team, we’ve seen them try that before and they failed miserably.
“Recruitment could be better this time around. Zaha and Ings would be a good start.
“If you can get Ings for £20m because he’s out of contract next year, Zaha would be £50m, that’s only £70m, you’ve still got £80m to spend so you can go and buy a centre-half with that!”
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I do not believe that Levy will entertain any offers for Kane this summer as he knows that his and ENIC’s reputation has taken a massive hit over recent few weeks.
However, after yesterday’s horror show against Villa, I am starting to come around to the idea that cashing in on Kane might be the best out of a bunch of bad options for Spurs.
The squad looks in need of at least four or five top-class additions to get back into the top four and the only way we could afford to make those signings is if we get around £120m-£150m for Kane.
The problem is that I cannot see anyone paying over £100m for the striker in the current financial climate.
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