BBC pundit Stephen Warnock has implored Tottenham to “splash the cash” for Luis Suarez in the transfer window.
Spurs manager Jose Mourinho has indicated that he wants to add a new striker to his squad, while the Uruguayan has reportedly been told by new Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman that he can leave Camp Nou and was omitted from the squad for their weekend friendly against Gimnastic (as per Goal.com).
Indeed, there were some reports last month that the 33-year-old could even have his contract cancelled at the La Liga outfit, which would make him a free agent if that action is taken, and ex-Liverpool defender Warnock feels that Suarez would be a perfect fit for Tottenham.
The 38-year-old urged the Lilywhites to utilise “the pull of Mourinho” as a three-time Premier League-winning manager and two-time Champions League winner in order to bring the Uruguayan to north London.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live [via Daily Express]: “For me, when Mourinho did say that [wish for a new striker], the name which springs to mind, and if the rumours are true that you can get him on a free transfer, I would splash the cash on Suarez.
“You have got two years of… he is 33 years old and you are thinking the opportunity to come back to the Premier League and play alongside Harry Kane, the dynamic he would bring to the changing room.
“Spurs almost need to show that intent to go somewhere and bring a big-name player in. If you can get him on a free transfer, yes he is going to cost a lot in wages, but does he want to come back [to the Premier League] and play?
“You do have the pull of Mourinho and wanting to play for Mourinho. Where he will go there? I’m not too sure.”
It is understandable why Warnock is advocating Suarez as a potential signing for Tottenham, where Kane is currently the only natural centre-forward in the first team squad.
The former Liverpool striker is a proven Premier League marksman, having struck 69 goals in the division and won the Golden Boot in 2013/14. He has amassed a remarkable tally of 406 goals over his club career, with a further 59 for Uruguay.
Spurs struggled badly in the attacking third in their 0-1 defeat to Everton yesterday, with just nine shots all afternoon and a mere five on target (as per Sofascore), so the need for a greater threat at the top of the pitch is evident.
However, irrespective of what is happening at Barcelona, Suarez might not be the best option for Tottenham in their search for attacking reinforcements.
The Uruguayan is on €450,000 (£415,502) per week at Camp Nou, more than twice the weekly wage of Spurs’ joint-highest earners Kane and Tanguy Ndombele, both of whom are on £200,000-a-week (as pet Spotrac).
Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy has indicated that the club are operating under a restricted financial climate, so to smash their wage ceiling to bring in a 33-year-old seems to make no sense fiscally.
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Suarez, while undoubtedly a magnificent footballer, would also come with the baggage of a chequered career which has seen three separate biting incidents, a racism row with Patrice Evra and an undesirable reputation for going to ground melodramatically.
Warnock’s argument for Spurs possibly making a move for Suarez has merit, but at this moment it seems difficult to envisage given the movement in financial goalposts that would be required to make it happen.
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