Former Tottenham goalkeeper, Paul Robinson, has backed the Lilywhites to complete a deal to sign Philippe Coutinho this summer.

Coutinho has endured a tough time of it in Spain since leaving Liverpool to join Barcelona in a big-money transfer back in January of 2018.

The Brazilian has failed to make the expected impact at the Camp Nou and, although he has shown glimpses of his ability for Bayern Munich during his loan spell in the Bundesliga, the German club are not interested in exercising their option to sign him.

The 27-year-old has been backed to make a return to the Premier League this summer, with recent reports suggesting that Tottenham want to sign him on loan.

However, his wages are reportedly a big sticking point for the club, with the North Londoners not keen on paying the over £200,000-a-week he is earning at Barcelona.

Robinson believes that the deal is very much still a possibility despite Coutinho’s bumper wages. Speaking to Football Insider, the former England number one said: “The market will take a hit but there will still be movement of players.

“I can still see the Coutinho deal being done.

“Bayern have not taken the option and he has clearly not been part of Barcelona’s plans for a while now and I can see a move back to the Premier League happening.

“I think he would be a great signing for Spurs.

“I do not think he has settled since leaving the country and he is clearly a player that suits the Premier League. The league is stronger with him in it, certainly.”

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Coutinho’s confidence looks like it has been shot to pieces over the last couple of years. He looks as if he needs a Mauricio Pochettino type figure to put his arm around his shoulder in order to get the best out of him. He doesn’t particularly strike me as the sort of player Mourinho would be a fan of. However, he certainly has the ability to be a solid replacement for Christian Eriksen and a loan deal would carry minimal risk.

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