Darren Bent has told TalkSPORT that Tottenham Hotspur should consider signing Southampton striker Danny Ings this month, after Harry Kane was ruled out until March with a hamstring injury.
Kane, 26, limped off in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton – a match in which Ings continued his excellent scoring rate this season. Jose Mourinho has since confirmed the England skipper has suffered a tear to his hamstring.
It leaves Spurs without a recognised first-team striker. Troy Parrott is still very raw and only turns 18 in February. Lucas Moura and Son heung-min can play up front, but they are better used on the flanks. Spurs have just over three weeks to sign a striker.
Former Spurs star Bent believes one-time England international Ings would be an excellent addition at Tottenham as the ex-Liverpool star continues to shine for Southampton, with a stunning 15 goals in just 23 league and cup outings.
“If Spurs go and get Danny Ings, and he scored five or six before Kane returns, I don’t think Kane walks back into the team,” Bent said. “I know Kane is one of the world’s best, but he would have to be patient.
“For me, that’s a perfect fit. If Daniel Levy was to be serious and go and get Ings, it would be a great signing. He is not the guy that scores the fourth or fifth goal, he is the man that scores the first goal – the important one – when games are tight.
“It’s a no-brainer. Spurs should go and get Danny Ings.”
TBR’s view – Ings would be a top addition for Tottenham, and England
In the form Ings is in right now, he would not be playing back-up to Kane – but he would be competing with Kane for a place in Mourinho’s side. However, the ex-Burnley man may be quite pricey.
Southampton spent £20million (Telegraph) to sign Ings in the summer of 2018. Given his current form and the previous price tag, Ings is surely worth double that figure now. Whether Daniel Levy is willing to part with such a figure remains to be seen.
But landing Ings would give Spurs top-quality competition rather than just a back-up, and it would also benefit England to have arguably two of the country’s best strikers at the same club.