By Darren Bent

3rd Feb, 2020 | 7:00pm

Exclusive: Bent reacts after Mourinho reveals real reason Spurs failed to sign striker

Darren Bent has claimed it would have been “a waste of money” for Tottenham to go into the market for a number nine this January after Jose Mourinho revealed there was a paucity of top strikers on the market.

The former White Hart Lane striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider Assistant Editor Russell Edge, admitted there was “no point” buying a striker for the sake of it.

As quoted by the Standard, Mourinho admitted his team’s chances of success “would be better with a striker” but that it was “really hard” to find a centre-forward who fit the club’s transfer plans.

Spurs were hoping for a January signing to fill the void left by Harry Kane after the news he would be out until April with a hamstring injury he suffered against Southampton.

Speaking of the club’s hunt for a striker, Bent told Football Insider: “When you look at teams like Manchester United scratching around for striker, being linked with the likes of Slimani and Ighalo, that kind of tells you that there’s maybe not a lot out there.

“Spurs really didn’t want to waste their money and when it comes down to that, I fully understand it. There’s no point chucking money at a player if you don’t believe he’s going to succeed or be at that level. 

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“I like the Bergwijn signing, that’s him, Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son, Dele Alli – they’ve got goals in other areas. They might have to put things together, shuffle the pack a little bit and try get goals from elsewhere.”

Mourinho was boosted by the arrival of PSV Eindhoven’s Steven Bergwijn last month after the club officially announced he put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal.

The Netherlands international is already a popular figure in North London after scoring on debut as Spurs beat Manchester City on Sunday.

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