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When asked how on earth Tottenham could find a man capable of stepping into Harry Kane’s shoes, former Spurs striker Darren Bent was unequivocal. 

No-one, he said, was capable of replacing the irreplaceable.  

“You’re never going to be able to find a recognised centre-forward who’s going to give you the same kind of output,” Bent told talkSPORT last month as one of the worst-kept secrets in football became public knowledge. 

Kane wants trophies – and he wants them now. Staying at a Tottenham side that has been starved of champagne for 15 years isn’t an option, it seems, for a man hurtling towards his prime at the age of 27. 

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Bent, however, probably wasn’t counting on the potential arrival of a man who, with 64 goals in his past two seasons, is one of a handful of centre-forwards capable of challenging Kane for the mantle of ‘Europe’s best striker’.

Then again, even the most rose-tinted Tottenham supporter would have laughed in your face if you’d told them Romelu Lukaku, Inter Milan’s £75 million Scudetto-winning talisman, could be on his way to north London. 

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According to La Repubblica, however, a transfer that seemed impossible a few weeks ago is now, well, possible.

Inter Milan are haemorrhaging funds at an alarming rate and, with manager Antonio Conte seemingly on his way to Spurs, reports from Italy suggest Lukaku could also board a flight from Lombardy to London soon.

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“I think Lukaku is better than Harry Kane,” former Nerazzurri striker Nicola Ventola told Christian Vieri’s Twitch channel last season, via Goal.  

Vieri himself, meanwhile, claimed not even the record-shattering Robert Lewandowski could score as many goals as Lukaku managed in a league renowned for its defensive resilience.  

“If Lukaku played for Bayern Munich, he’d score as many goals as Lewandowski. But Lewa wouldn’t score as much if he played for Inter,” Vieri said. 

Is a man who often flattered to deceive at Manchester United and failed to make the grade at Chelsea really “better than Kane”?

Well, there’s only one way to find out… 

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