Darren Bent has urged Tottenham Hotspur to pay the loan fee that Barcelona are demanding for Phillipe Coutinho and get the deal for the midfielder over the line.

There have been contradictory reports regarding Tottenham’s pursuit of the Barca star over the past week.

It was first reported that Spurs were willing to pay the £8million fee the Catalan giants were demanding to loan the former Liverpool star for the duration of next season.

Since then, it has been reported that the 27-year-old’s wages have put off Spurs (Marca) , while other reports have claimed that the Lilywhites very much remain in the race for the Brazilian (Mundo Deportivo).

Bent has bullishly claimed that Coutinho will not come with any risk as he has previously proven he can cut it in the Premier League.

The former Spurs forward urged the North Londoners to pay the loan fee being demanded and he insisted that it could help transform the team into a powerhouse.

Speaking about Tottenham’s pursuit of Coutinho, Bent told Football Insider: “You’re talking about a top, top player who knows the Premier League very, very well. It’s not like you’re taking a risk.

“Coutinho’s a top player, he’s a superstar signing that Spurs need and even if it’s on loan, that’s the sort of superstar that they need to maybe encourage other superstars to come there.

“For me, I’d go all out and pay that £8million, pay that and try and get him. £8million for a top player like him for a year? You take that risk because at the end, you never know, at the end of the year it might work out really, really well.

“He could transform Spurs into an absolute powerhouse of a team. I wouldn’t even consider it – I’d just do it.”

Spurs Web Opinion

While it is clear that a loan move will be much less risky in comparison to a permanent transfer, there would still be some risk involved. We are not likely to have much money to spend this summer and so if we signed Coutinho, that is £8million less we would have for our other targets.

While the Brazilian is proven in the Premier League, he has looked a shadow of the player he was at Liverpool over the past couple of seasons. He does not seem to take on people as much and seems content to play it safe more often than not.

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