Lorik Cana on a free transfer - An ideal solution for Tottenham Hotspur?

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Why former Sunderland midfielder Lorik Cana could be a good fit for Tottenham right now - and a cheap one.

Tottenham's limitations in midfield were exposed against Stoke, as they let a two goal lead slip.

Their young players' lack of experience and know how was exposed - but fortunately there remains time in the transfer market to address this. The problem is that any funds they have left to spend are likely to be put towards signing a striker.

Which is why signing free agent Lorik Cana could be an ideal solution for the club, after he negotiated the termination of his Lazio contract.

His agent Mark McKay told The Mail he was looking for a switch to England. He said: "Lorik is ideally suited to the Premier League. He can play central midfield or centre-back. He's good on the ball and likes the physical aspect of the English game.

"He's vastly experienced having played more than 100 games for Marseille and Lazio and he wants a good season to carry momentum into the European Championships." 

Cana has already played in the Premier League, impressing for a single season for Sunderland's midfield in 2009/10 where he was named captain of the club, and earned a move to Galatasaray before signing with Lazio.

The former PSG trainee is now 32, and has versatility to play in central midfield and defence. In his recent seasons for Lazio he played more as a centre-back, Whoscored.com list his key strengths as his aerial ability and tackling, traits which previously helped him out at Sunderland.

With more than 80 international caps to his name for Albania, Cana has experience which the likes of Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb for all their talent, do not.

A natural leader, he would help the side, and while he should not perhaps be a guaranteed starter every week, like the rest of the midfielders in the Spurs squad he could play an important role over a long season, with seeing out leads like against Stoke.

Steve Bruce told The Mirror during his time at Sunderland: "I first saw him when I went to see Marseille v Liverpool. He rattled into Stevie G with his first tackle. He adores playing in England. The style is his cup of tea. He enjoys the physical challenges. Lorik tackles and challenges for every header. He has been a breath of fresh air."

That enthusiasm is just what Spurs lacked during the final half an hour against Stoke at the weekend, and on a free transfer he could be too good to pass up.

A deal would allow them to solve an area of need, also adding cover at centre-back if needed, while ensuring funds still remain to spend on a striker or two.

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