Danny Mills has claimed that it would make more sense for Tottenham to spend big on Danny Ings in the summer rather than activating the option to buy Carlos Vinicius permanently at the end of the season.
Spurs have the option to sign Vinicius permanently from Benfica for £40.9m at the end of his loan spell.
The Brazilian has certainly shown his quality when opportunities have come his way but it seems unlikely that he is going to stake a claim to be a regular starter before the end of the season.
Meanwhile, reports have claimed that Tottenham are eyeing a potential move for Ings in the summer, with the England striker stalling over a new contract with Southampton.
Mills believes that it would represent better value for money for the North Londoners to pay around £65m for Ings than to sign Vinicius permanently, since the Saints star is tried and tested in the Premier League.
The pundit told Football Insider: “You look at it and go what is Danny Ings going to cost? How much more is he going to cost than Vinicius? And how soon do you want success?
“He’s proven in the Premier League, he’s done it time and time again. You’re thinking ‘Vinicus is going to cost us £45million. £65million, another £20million and you’re thinking I’d go for Ings at £65million’.
“Whether Southampton would let him go for that I don’t know but where is that cut-off point where you go ‘that’s about right’?
“£65million for Southampton is a lot of money and he’s only got 18 months left so realistically around the £50million, £60million mark would be quite attractive for Southampton.”
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I do not think we will pay anywhere near £40m for Vinicius in the summer. The only way I can see us signing the Brazilian permanently is if Daniel Levy is able to negotiate a lower fee.
While Ings would certainly be a considerable upgrade over Vinicius, I suspect we are only considering him as an option due to his contract situation. The England striker could be available for around £25 to £30m in the summer if he does not sign a new deal with Southampton. I’m not sure where Mills is getting £65m from!
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