By 90Min
January 17, 2019

Burnley forward Jonathan Walters has suggested that Tottenham should offer Giuseppe Rossi a short-term deal to help cover the absence of injured striker Harry Kane.

The former Villarreal and Fiorentina striker has been without a club since being released by Genoa following a failed drugs test in May but was cleared to play again in October after escaping with a warning from Italy's anti-doping agency.

With Kane expected to be out until March with an ankle injury and fellow forward Son Heung-min currently playing for South Korea at the Asia Cup, Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino may look into bringing in a replacement.

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Speaking on the BBC Radio 5 Live Football Daily podcast as quoted by football.london, Waters highlighted the possibility of Spurs signing the 31-year-old Italian on a free transfer, declaring: "There's a guy training with Man United now, [Giuseppe] Rossi. He was at United and got released.

"He could be an option. I read an article that said he'd been training with the first team and he's going to be there from next week or so.

"He's not got a contract, could he be a short term solution? I don't know."

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Although Rossi has been prolific in front of goal in the past, notably during his six-year spell at Villarreal, he has struggled considerably with recurring injuries which have continuously hampered his career to date.

If Pochettino is unwilling to take a risk by signing the Italian international, Walters believes that any possible signing may come at a premium price, adding: "If it comes down to it I think they may have to spend a little bit of money to bring someone in, especially with the riches of the Premier League now.

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"If you bring someone in and they do a great job and then you go and sell them in a year's time I don't think they'll lose a huge amount of money anyway."

With Spurs facing a crucial second-leg tie against Chelsea in the Carabao Cup semi-final next week, they may be forced into make a move in the January transfer window to ensure their season remains on track.

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