Tottenham Hotspur announced yesterday that they would be without Harry Kane until early March, as the striker recovers from an ankle injury sustained in the 1-0 loss to Man United (BBC).

To make matters worse, Spurs are also without their usual back up goal scorer Heung Min Son, as he jetted off to join up with South Korea for the Asia Cup this week.

Next in line, Lucas Moura is also out with an injury of his own, leaving Fernando Llorente as the only fit and available senior striker at the club.

This has prompted a huge debate on whether Spurs should buy a replacement forward, take someone on loan, promote a youngster, or deal with what they already have.

One talkSPORT caller believed he had this answer when phoning in yesterday, but his idea may have some fans in stitches.

The caller, Anthony, stated that Spurs should offer Mario Balotelli a six-month contract as a short-term replacement for Kane.

He said: “When he plays well, he does play well enough for a club like Spurs.

“If you put him on a six month contract: ‘Here you go, you can put yourself in shop window, you can get yourself another big club after this’, or maybe we’ll supply you with a contract like we did for [Emmanuel] Adebayor.

“Something like that could work and could get us goals where we need them because we’re not gonna sign another world class striker because he’s not gonna play behind Harry Kane.

“The only other option we have is to sign an attacking midfielder who can play as a striker.

“Balotelli is an out-and-out striker and if he’s got the incentive to play well, which he will have because he doesn’t have a club, there you go. Put him on 50 grand-a-week, 100 grand-a-goal.”

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