Pundit urges Spurs to snap up former Liverpool star as Gareth Bale alternative

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Former Sunderland defender Micky Gray has urged Tottenham Hotspur to sign Luis Suarez from Barcelona this summer in order to take the goalscoring burden off Harry Kane’s shoulders.

A firesale is expected at Barcelona following their embarrassing 8-2 thrashing at the hands of Bayern Munich.

While Lionel Messi’s impending departure has understandably dominated the headlines of late (Guardian), the Catalans are also expected to lose other experienced stars including Suarez (Daily Mail).

The Uruguayan has been prolific for the La Liga giants since swapping Anfield for the Camp Nou in 2014 but his time at the club now appears to be over as reports indicate that his contract is about to be terminated (RAC1).

Gray believes that Suarez is one of the few strikers who will be able to get into the Tottenham team as Kane’s striker partner.

The pundit asked the Lilywhites to consider moving for the 33-year-old instead of attempting to re-sign Gareth Bale.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Gray said: “Do you go and get Suarez or do you go and get [Gareth] Bale? Then you’re looking at the ages of the players in the squad.

“He actually works well with more experienced players, Jose, just look at his Inter Milan team.

“The only stumbling block in [a move for Suarez] is his wages.

“What Daniel Levy has to look at is that there is no transfer fee, and they he (sic) can afford to pay his £400k-£500k-a-week wages.

“Luis Suarez has got the ego, got the background and the track record to go to Spurs and say: ‘You can play Harry Kane but you’re playing me as well.’

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While wages could be an obvious stumbling block in this deal, another potential problem is that Suarez will come in and expect to play almost every game. At 33 years of age, his legs appear to be gone and the jury is still out on how effective he will be in the Premier League.

While I would take him in a heart-beat if he is content with a bit-part role, I just cannot see the Uruguayan being ready to play second fiddle to Kane for the final few years of his career. I can potentially see him returning to Ajax and finishing his career in the Eredivisie.

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