Noel Whelan has tipped Tottenham Hotspur to complete the permanent signing of on-loan striker Carlos Vinicius after his hat-trick against Marine on Sunday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Premier League striker claimed the £40.9million option the north London giants hold would represent a “bargain” fee.
Vinicius took his goal tally in a Spurs shirt to six in his ninth game for the club against the eighth-tier side this weekend.
The 25-year-old moved to north London from Benfica in the summer for a £2.7million loan fee and the club have an option to make the deal permanent for £40.9million.
Asked by Football Insider whether the Brazilian has done enough to warrant a permanent move, Whelan said: “I think so.
“You can see the quality of his finishes. He’s in the right place at the right time. He’s a player that is going to take the load off Harry Kane and if you keep hold of him he’s only going to get better.
“He’s 25, £40million would be a bargain. You’re not going to get too many players of that kind of quality who are going to improve and impress at Tottenham Hotspur for that kind of money.
“I don’t think he’s doing himself any harm especially with yesterday’s performance.
“If he’s a good character in and around the changing room, which it looks like he is, he doesn’t look like he’s a handful, he looks very professional.
“I think Jose Mourinho will be all over that in the summertime to try and make it permanent.”
Vinicius has now failed to find the net in just two of his five starts for Tottenham.
He has played just 15 minutes of Premier League football this season with Kane firmly established as Spurs’ first-choice striker.