Reports said the 26-year-old was offered to the Premier League team in the January window and Darren Bent thinks it’s a no-brainer
Former Tottenham forward Darren Bent urged the club to sign Barcelona central defender Samuel Umtiti, stating that the World Cup winner is someone whom Jose Mourinho “can trust” among the rumors that the Frenchman may be on the market.
Reports have suggested that Mourinho is confident that the club will sign a defender this month, further stating that the Spanish champions have offered Umtiti to the Spurs.
Securing the services of a proven actor would also help offset the potential loss of Jan Vertonghen, whose current deal runs out in the summer and will see him enter the agency free.
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And Bent, who believes that Umtiti would have had a reduced price if his old club had been offered to him, insists that adding the 26-year-old to the ranks would be a prudent move by Daniel Levy and his team recruiting.
“If they can get Umtiti, wow,” said Bent Soccer insider. “He’s big, strong, powerful and good on the ball, and he’s someone Mourinho can trust.
“He has played in big games, he has won big competitions – obviously the World Cup which is great.
“If it was offered, it means it might not cost too much, so I would take their hand away.”
Another position where Mourinho is keen to strengthen his options is at the opposite end of the field, with Harry Kane stopping with a hamstring problem that will see him at least until April.
“We expect it to be out until mid-April, late April, May, next season. I don’t know, “he said at a recent press conference on the subject.
But the Portuguese insisted that he would not give his boss Levy a shot to sign a replacement for the captain of England, as the president always acts in the interest of the club.
“Daniel Levy always tries to do the best for the club and will do what he thinks is the best and what he thinks is possible,” said Mourinho.
The Spurs return to Premier League action on Saturday with a trip to Watford, where they will be without the services of Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Ben Davies and Hugo Lloris, who join Kane on the sidelines.