Kevin Phillips has tipped Tottenham to sign £50million-rated Wolves striker Raul Jimenez if or when Harry Kane leaves the club.
The former Sunderland and England striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 28-year-old would fit in well with the current personnel in north London and would match the profile of forward wanted by Jose Mourinho.
Speculation has been rife over the future of England skipper Kane, after the 26-year-old admitted he would only remain at Spurs if the club were seen to be making progress.
Manchester United emerged as the frontrunners to land Kane, although Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer appears to have put an end to those links, leaving Juventus as the most likely destination if he were to move on.
And Phillips thinks Tottenham should turn to Jimenez in that scenario, with the Wolves ace scoring 22 goals and adding 10 assists in 44 appearances this season.
When asked by Football Insider if the former Benfica forward, who has also been linked with Manchester City, could be the man to succeed Kane at Spurs, Phillips said: “If Kane was to leave I think Jimenez has already shown what he is capable of.
“He would be the perfect fit for the players that Tottenham have got. The players that would be in and around him are pretty similar to Wolves.
“Would he be as good as Kane? Probably not but he would not be far away.
“He has shown this season he has got a bit of everything.
“It would take a hell of a bid but the money would be there if Kane was sold.
“I think it would be an ideal fit. Jimenez has shown he can take the knocks and the bumps and dish it out as well. He suits Mourinho as well – can hold the ball up.”
Mourinho is expected to be in the market for a striker this summer even if Kane stays after back-up Son Heung-min fractured his arm after the England man was ruled out for months, leaving Spurs without a recognised frontman for the majority of the remainder of the season.
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