Paul Robinson has tipped Tottenham to sign a centre-half and a striker if they can sell Serge Aurier this transfer window.
The former White Hart Lane number one, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the quicker the 27-year-old is sold the better if the club need to raise transfer funds.
Aurier, who made 42 appearances last season, was an unused substitute in Sunday’s loss to Everton to further suggest that the right-back could be on sold this summer.
Sky Sports reported earlier this month that AC Milan were interested in signing the Ivory Coast international but that the player’s valuation was a stumbling block.
Robinson urged the Lilywhites to use the money potentially raised from the sale of Aurier to replace Jan Vertonghen, who left the club for Benfica upon the expiration of his contract last month.
“Spurs have not replaced Vertonghen,” he told Football Insider.
“They need a leader at the back. Jose Mourinho keeps sticking with Eric Dier at centre-half and even selected him ahead of Alderweireld at times last season. In my opinion they need a top-class centre-half.
“We do not know whether the Serge Aurier transfer is going to go through but if they are struggling money-wise then the quicker Aurier can be sold the better. That would allow Mourinho to strengthen where needed – a centre-half and a striker.”
Football Insider revealed that Spurs are in the market for a striker and have tabled Napoli goalscorer Arkadiusz Milik a £90,000-a-week contract and £5million signing-on fee.
Mourinho has already bolstered his squad with the signings of Matt Doherty and Pierre Emile-Hojbjerg in this window, both of whom made their full debuts against the Toffees at the weekend.