Former Tottenham Hotspur striker Darren Bent has suggested Jose Mourinho is desperate to sign Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, as well as stating that he’s desperate to see him in the Premier League.
Speaking to Football Insider, Bent said landing the Uruguayan would be a huge boost as the club look to contend with Harry Kane’s injury.
It’s understood that the French giants are looking for €30m (£25.5m) in order to allow the 32-year-old to leave prior to the expiration of his contract in June. The former Napoli striker has found himself out-of-favour this season and has only started in 20% of the clubs Ligue 1 fixtures so far.
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Bent, who scored 25 goals for the North London club, claimed that if Spurs were able to do a deal this month it would be a “fantastic signing”, as well as stating that he’d “be desperate” for it.
“And I think Cavani is a big enough personality that he’ll come in…he’ll know about Harry Kane and how good he is, but listen with Harry Kane’s injury, you don’t know when he’s going to be back to his best, let alone coming back,” he said.
“So with Cavani, he’s someone who can get on a roll very quickly, keeps himself in unbelievable shape, he has scored goals at whatever level he has played at, he’s just brilliant, and he works so hard and I think he could go to Spurs and score goals.
“If they could get that over the line, I’m sure Mourinho is absolutely desperate to get him and you know what I’d be desperate for it as well as I want to see Cavani in the Premier League as he’ll score goals in the Premier League.”
Kane’s hamstring injury means he will be out of action until April at the earliest and so replacing a man who has scored 181 goals in 278 appearances for the club, even if just for the short-term, is no easy task.
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However, Bent believes Cavani is up to the task.
The 6ft striker burst onto the European scene after his impressive displays in the famous colours of the Serie A giants Napoli for whom he scored 104 goals in 138 appearances. His prolific nature in-front of goal eventually earned him a move to the Parc des Princes and since his arrival there he has won five French titles, five French cups and five French league cups.
There’s no doubt he’s a player with the pedigree to have an impact at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium but it remains to be seen whether the club would be willing to meet the asking price which would persuade the French club to allow him to leave mid-season.