Darren Bent explains why Spurs cannot sign players such as Mauro Icardi

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Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur could potentially face a shortage of attacking options ahead of the new Premier League season.

The club are yet to confirm one way or another the fate of Fernando Llorente. The Spaniard’s contract expired at the end of the season and while there has been speculation that Spurs could offer Llorente a new one-year deal on reduced terms, it remains to be seen whether he will decide to stay in North London (Standard).

Should the 36-year-old walk away from Tottenham, it certainly leaves Mauricio Pochettino a striker short to call upon.

With Harry Kane’s proneness to pick up injuries at key points of the season, Llorente certainly helped to fill a gap when called upon last season in the Champions League.

Former Spurs striker believes that it is difficult for the club to attract top striking talent such as Inter Milan’s Mauro Icardi as they know that they would always be in the shadow of Harry Kane.

Instead, Bent believes that Southampton’s Charlie Austin could be a sensible option to provide back-up for Kane.

Bent said during his appearance on talkSPORT’s Drive show from 4:00pm on July 19th: “Yeah (you need a back-up), if Llorente doesn’t sign,”

“You’re going to need someone to be fair, and you have to look who’s out there.”

He added when quizzed whether Southampton’s Charlie Austin or Andy Carroll would be best suited at Spurs:  “It’s so tough (to choose between the two,)”

“I’d have to probably say Charlie Austin. Just because I know, if he gets a consistent run of games then he scores goals, all the time.

“That’s the tough thing for Spurs. You can’t go and sign a top striker like (Inter Milan’s Mauro) Icardi. Because they don’t want to play second-fiddle to Harry Kane, which they’re going to.”

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