By Noel Whelan

23rd Jul, 2021 | 9:00pm

Tottenham already have Kane replacement in the building after 'huge' news - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Heung-min Son could replace Harry Kane on and off the field at Tottenham after signing a new contract.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested prospective new signings could be lured to north London knowing the South Korean star is staying.

Spurs confirmed on Friday (July 23rd) Son had put pen to paper on a new contract set to run until the summer of 2025.

Son’s old terms, signed back in 2018, were set to expire in 2023.

As revealed by Football Insider in April, Kane is “hell-bent” on quitting Tottenham this summer.

Manchester United, Manchester City and Chelsea are all in for the England striker.

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Whelan suggested Son’s new deal would help Spurs fans cope with Kane’s potential exit.

However, he insisted the South Korean would have to “take up the mantle” if the hitman does go.

Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “I think that’s one for the fans. They can be happy about it.

“Look, everyone’s going to be sad to see the back of Harry Kane at Tottenham. You don’t get too many natural players, goalscorers stars and world-class players like him. Very hard to replace, if you can replace him. I don’t think you can.

“The fact is that Son is probably their second leader in that team. He’s the one that you look to get the goals, to get that inspiration. That’s a huge plus for Nuno Espirito Santo, Daniel Levy and the supporters.

“That’s something to build on, who’s in the building already. He’s someone that can help sell the club (to players) as well, playing alongside Son.

Even though Harry Kane may be on the verge of leaving, you’ve kept one of your other biggest stars happy despite the possible exodus of the biggest star.

“There’s a lot of pressure on Son now because he needs to take up the mantle of Harry Kane. He needs to rise to that challenge, be that leader out there and lead that frontline like Harry Kane did.

“Whoever comes in to play alongside Son, they’ll definitely get the service as we saw last season.

They need to strike that similar kind of partnership that he and Kane did as quickly as possible. If they can do that, then there is life after Harry.”

In other news, defender has made decision on signing for Tottenham or London rivals amid medical.