Tottenham Hotspur are said to be interested in signing Philippe Coutinho, and Harry Kane defended him when he left Liverpool.

According to the The Times, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona, and Harry Kane’s past comments about him have a new layer of intrigue now.

Tottenham are said to be keen to bring Coutinho in before deadline day, as they search for a new creative option to add to their squad.

And Coutinho only needs to look back to when he left Liverpool to see that Tottenham striker, Kane, was one of the first people to publicly support him.

Coutinho made his Liverpool exit back in January 2018, and the manner of his departure caused a lot of frustration at Anfield.

However, Kane was quick to praise Coutinho’s handling of the situation.

The Spurs striker told the Independent: “It’s a matter of opinion. I think if a player wants to go then why would you stop him? He’s not going to be in the club, he’s not going to play every game, he’s not going to put his heart on the line.

“From the Coutinho point of view I think he’s been very professional in the six months he has played this year and, look, Liverpool have got a good offer from Barca and accepted it.”

Coutinho may well remember Kane’s defence of him at a time when he didn’t have too much support now.

If Tottenham did bring in Coutinho it would be a seriously exciting signing.

Coutinho and Kane would surely rank among the most dangerous forward partnerships ever seen in the Premier League, and if Tottenham can pull off the transfer it would be a remarkable way to end their summer window.

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