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Former Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara has told talkSPORT Spurs need to target a back-up for Harry Kane before the transfer window closes.

O’Hara, who made 56 appearances for Spurs, said the north Londoners risk injuring Kane if they fail to find someone akin to Fernando Llorente who is happy to deputise.

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He said: “They need another striker to help Harry Kane out. You can’t expect the man to play every single minute of every single game because he’s gonna get injured.

“They need to find a striker who’s got something to prove, who wants that chance at a big football club. Even a Championship striker, someone who wants the opportunity.”

O’Hara would be spot on regardless but Tottenham’s congested start to the campaign means Jose Mourinho is even more in need of a back-up striker.

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Spurs have played Lokomotiv Plovdiv and Southampton in the space of four days and must play seven more games before the end of October.

If Kane was regularly injury-free, perhaps Tottenham would be justified in taking a gamble on his fitness.

However, the England international has missed 37 games through injury since the start of the 2017/18 season, according to Transfermarkt.

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As The Times recently reported, Kane has suffered three ankle-ligament injuries and one serious hamstring tear, which may make him susceptible to problems in the future.

That means Mourinho must take care of his star man or Spurs risk suffering another underwhelming campaign.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss can begin the process of allaying that by getting active in the market for a deputy centre-forward.

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