‘Spurs should bring back Bale & snap up Cavani’ – Tottenham legend calls for statement signings from Mourinho

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Clive Allen feels that, with Harry Kane ruled out for the foreseeable future, proven attacking reinforcements are essential during the January window

Tottenham should be looking to bring Gareth Bale back to the club and sign Edinson Cavani as cover for the injured Harry Kane, says club legend Clive Allen.

Moves for two superstar forwards have been mooted over recent weeks, and with another transfer window now open, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho has been handed the opportunity to bolster his ranks.

He is expected to take that chance with another top-four challenge and Champions League campaign on the cards in north London.

Proven performers would be most welcome at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, while a familiar face has long been linked with a retracing of his steps.

Wales international Bale continues to attract criticism while generating ext talk at Real Madrid and it possible that he could be offered the chance of a Premier League return.

Allen believes an approach should be made by Spurs, telling talkSPORT: “I think definitely signings will be made. We need to buy someone – one, maybe two – and I think the club will be working tirelessly to do that. I cannot believe Jose Mourinho has come into the football club without asking that question [about signings].

“I would bring Gareth back. Whatever has happened at Real Madrid, it still doesn’t seem like that’s changed.

“Spurs knows Gareth, Gareth knows Spurs, Jose even knows Gareth and I think it would be a fantastic fit.

“At this stage of his career with what’s happened to him, he’s been so successful at Real Madrid but to come back to London and to Tottenham, and not just a new Tottenham but a Tottenham that has evolved in the years he’s been away, I just think it’s fantastic fit, I really do.

“And I think he’s still got so much that he can do in the Premier League. Let’s just keep our fingers crossed.”

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While Bale would be a welcome addition at Tottenham, another goalscorer is required to counter the loss of Kane.

Allen hopes that reports of interest in Paris Saint-Germain striker Cavani prove to be correct, with the experienced Uruguayan considered to be a better option for Mourinho than AC Milan frontman Krzysztof Piatek.

“I do feel with everything they have in place that Spurs can attract marquee players,” Allen added.

“They’ve needed that big marquee signing for a while now and Cavani fits that.

“Yes he’s 32, but he’s been prolific. He stepped into the shoes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG, he had to produce and he did. He’s a quality striker, a proven goalscorer and he’d relish the chance of playing in the Premier League with Tottenham.

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“I think he’d be a good fit for Tottenham at this moment in time.

“Piatek is 24 but is not necessarily prolific, so it’s massive gamble to bring him in to affect the team and score goals consistently.

“There’s no return with Cavani financially, you’re paying him to come and produce, while on the other hand Piatek might be an investment. But from a football view Cavani is a better option.”