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‘Spurs should bite Inter’s hand off in £15m Eriksen deal’ – Waddle wants Danish distraction removed

16:28 EAT 11/01/2020
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The former Tottenham star believes the unsettled playmaker must be offloaded, but he is not expecting Jose Mourinho to do much January business

Christian Eriksen is once again being heavily linked with a move to Inter and former Tottenham star Chris Waddle says “Spurs should bite their hands off” if a £15 million ($20m) offer is tabled.

The Denmark international playmaker continues to run down his contract in north London.

As he will drop into the free agent pool at the end of the season, the January window presents Tottenham with a final chance in which to demand a fee from any deal involving the 27-year-old.

Waddle believes Jose Mourinho should be looking to cash in during what could be a quiet window all round, with the opportunity there to rid himself of an unwelcome distraction.

“I don’t see an awful lot of transfers happening in January at all,” ex-Spurs winger Waddle told the Racing Post.

“Of all the top teams, Chelsea should certainly think about getting another striker in and Leipzig’s Timo Werner looks a good fit.

“Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham have been revelations this season but this is their first full season of Premier League football and they are going to come off the pace eventually.

“Tottenham should also be trying to engineer Christian Eriksen’s exit because if they don’t he will almost certainly be off in the summer on a free.

“It’s clear that Jose Mourinho isn’t overly bothered about the Dane, who could set Serie A or La Liga alight. If Inter Milan offered £15m or so, Spurs should bite their hands off.”

While potentially offloading Eriksen before the end of the month, Tottenham may also decide to dip into the market for another striker – with Harry Kane having been ruled out until April.

Various options have been mooted, including Edinson Cavani and Jermain Defoe, but Waddle believes Mourinho may already have a solution on his books.

He added: “Jose Mourinho has a big decision to make with Harry Kane set to be ruled out for a while and any number of names are being thrown about as a possible short-term replacement for the England captain.

“However, I reckon the solution might be closer to home for the Spurs boss.

“It seems that big clubs need to be linked with big names but if I was Mourinho I’d have a look first at Troy Parrott before charging into the transfer market.

“He’s only 17 and has just a handful of first-team appearances under his belt but I’ve seen him play and I like what I see.

“In fact, the first thing you notice about Parrott is how similar to Kane he is. He’s not blessed with an unbelievable turn of pace but he definitely knows where the goal is.

“If I was Mourinho I’d give him a go. The young lad will have the crowd on his side and if he gets a goal or two his confidence could go through the roof. That’s how it all started for Kane.

“And if it has not worked out in a couple of weeks, and Kane looks like he might be out for a while, then maybe sign someone until the end of the season.

“That, of course, is presuming Daniel Levy is prepared to finance such a move. He might well have decided that Mourinho will get money to spend in the summer and that he’s not going to do any panic business now.”