Former Premier League player suggests striker for Spurs as short-term solution


Former Manchester United striker Giuseppe Rossi has been tipped for a potential switch to Tottenham Hotspur.

Rossi is currently training with United to increase his fitness ahead of his next transfer in a career that has been plagued by injury.

The 31-year-old was released by Italian side Genoa in the summer after making just nine appearances in all competitions last season.

Spurs are currently experiencing a striking crisis after Harry Kane was ruled out until at least early March after suffering ankle ligament damage in Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.

Mauricio Pochettino’s selection issues are compounded by the absence of Heung-min Son, who could be on international duty with South Korea until early February, depending on how his nation fares at the Asian Cup.

Fernando Llorente is currently cutting a lonely figure at the club’s only senior striker, with the player himself having previously been linked with a January exit.

Former Stoke midfielder Jonathan Walters, who now works as a football pundit has suggested that Spurs should consider Rossi as a short-term option, especially as he is available on a free transfer.

He told the BBC 5 Live Football Daily Podcast: “It’s a difficult one because a lot of the big teams don’t tend to do their transfer business in January.

“They tend to wait until the summertime. They’ve watched them a certain number of times, they go through and do their homework, and to bring someone is a risk, but at the point Tottenham are now in the season and where they are in the league and the big games they’ve got coming up in the Champions League as well they might just need to go and forfeit the money to go and bring someone in.”

“There’s a guy training with Man Utd now, Rossi,” he added.

 “He was at United and got released. He could be an option. I read an article that said he’d been training with the first team and he’s going to be there from next week or so. He’s not got a contract, could he be a short term solution? I don’t know.

“If it comes down to it I think they may have to spend a little bit of money to bring someone in, especially with the riches of the Premier League now. If you bring someone in and they do a great job and then you go and sell them in a years time I don’t think they’ll lose a huge amount of money anyway.”

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