Exclusive: Spurs make approach to sign player, pundit lauds the perfect No10
Noel Whelan has urged Tottenham to sign a more experienced playmaker than Todd Cantwell this summer and identified Philippe Coutinho as the perfect number 10.
However, the former Leeds and Coventry striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 22-year-old is “very talented” and would be a future prospect.
As revealed by Football Insider, the Lilywhites have expressed their interest in signing the highly-rated Norwich playmaker with a view to a summer move.
Cantwell has been a rare success story in a difficult campaign for the Canaries, scoring six goals and providing two assists in his 29 Premier League experiences.
Barcelona are expected to allow the sale of Coutinho, 27, this summer but he would prove a much more expensive option.
Spurs would also face stiff competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Everton for the Brazilian’s signature.
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When asked by Football Insider if Cantwell would be a good addition to the squad, Whelan said: “I think he is one for the future but Tottenham need a little bit of magic in that number 10 role.
“Coutinho would be a great fit. He is the sort of player they should be looking at. You get four years out of him you would probably get a lot of reward.
“For the future, Cantwell is a very talented player. He will be learning from some great players but is he going to compete for a place right now? Probably not.
“They have better players in that position but you must always look to the future.”
Cantwell has two years left on his deal at Carrow Road and having shone in the Premier League, would be expected to leave were Norwich to suffer relegation.
The divisions top-two, Liverpool and Manchester City are also believed to be monitoring the attacking midfielder.