'They would be Crazy...' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips reacts as Tottenham ready striker bid
Kevin Phillips tips Tottenham to sign a striker before the window closes but expects it to go down to the wire as it is a “tough sell” to be Harry Kane’s understudy.
The 2000 European Golden Shoe winner, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the club “would be crazy” not to sign an out-and-out striker to provide cover for Kane, 27, given his injury record in recent seasons.
Kane missed a significant number of games in both the 2019/20 and 2018/19 campaigns and is currently the only recognised centre-forward at Spurs, although Son Heung-min and Steven Bergwijn can play as makeshift strikers.
Football Insider understands that the Lilywhites are in the market for a backup striker and are readying an offer for Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.
The 26-year-old has had his price tag slashed from £46million to £32million this summer.
When asked by Football Insider if a new striker was a must for Spurs, Phillips said:
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“I am sure they are working hard to try and get someone in. Jose Mourinho is no mug.With Harry’s injury record over the past few seasons they would be daft not to bring anyone in.
“Bergwijn and Son can play there but they are not out-and-out strikers.
“They are in a unique situation because they know that whoever they are talking to will just be a number two. It is a tough sell. It will be difficult to find that player who is happy to sit on the bench week in, week out. That one will probably go right to the last day of the window.
“They would be crazy not to sign a striker in this window because if Harry gets injured, they can cover but they cannot replace him.”