Darren Bent admits he is relieved that Tottenham have managed to “finally” bring in a new striker to help support Harry Kane.
The former Spurs and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, admits it was always going to be difficult for the Lilywhites to find a top-quality striker who they could afford to keep as backup.
As revealed by Football Insider, Spurs have agreed to sign the Brazilian on a loan-to-buy deal from Benfica with an optional £36million purchase clause.
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Spurs announced the 26-year-old had joined on loan from the Portuguese giants on Friday.
Bent has lauded the terms of the deal and admits finding an affordable backup striker has been a big problem for the club.
Bent told Football Insider: “That’s been the issue because what do you pay?
“If you want a backup centre-forward, you have to buy one that is, first off, good enough and up for the challenge and secondly, if you’re going to try buy someone’s first-choice striker to sit on your bench, you’re going to have to pay top, top prices.
“For me, it’s a good bit of business. Spurs finally get someone in. Hopefully, he can settle in relatively quickly but for me it’s a good bit of business.”
Harry Kane became the club’s only recognised senior striker when Fernando Llorente left north London last summer.
Heung-min Son, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli have all filled in for the England star when he has been unavailable.
In other Tottenham news, Football Insider have revealed why Spurs failed to sign a Premier League star on deadline day.