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Tottenham Hotspur could sign a Harry Kane replacement for nothing with Andrea Belotti increasingly likely to leave Serie A outfit Torino on a free transfer next summer, as reported by Calciomercato

For Fabio Paratici, Nuno Espirito Santo and Daniel Levy, replacing their want-away skipper with a centre-forward of equal quality is a challenge akin to climbing the north face of the Eiger in slippers.

Unless Erling Haaland is willing to join a club that finished seventh in the Premier League last season – and let’s be honest, he isn’t – anyone tasked with stepping into Kane’s shoes, presuming he gets his long-awaited move to Manchester City in 2022, would probably be a downgrade. 

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Dusan Vlahovic, while a ruthless penalty-box presence, doesn’t possess Kane’s supreme technical quality outside the area. Neither does Lautaro Martinez. 

Furthermore, with Vlahovic attracting interest from some of the biggest clubs on the planet and with Martinez expected to sign a new long-term deal at Inter Milan, the well of available strikers will soon dry up.

So the availability of Belotti, a striker in his prime and a reliable source of goals in a top-five European league, is unlikely to go unnoticed in north London.

Would Spurs fans be happy to see Belotti replace Kane at Tottenham?

“We had a chat with Tottenham but Belotti is too important for us,” Torino’s sporting director Davide Vagnati said 12 months ago, confirming Spurs tried to sign his free-scoring skipper (Football Italia).

“I’d love to see Belotti stay at Torino for the rest of his career.” 

Wishful thinking, perhaps, as Calciomercato reports Belotti will become a free agent in July.

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Furthermore, contract talks have been postponed until next summer as the Italy international looks to recover from a niggling injury that has disrupted his season. 

A bullish, physical, penalty-box predator arguably more in the mould of Carlos Vinicius than Kane, Belotti has scored 106 goals in 231 games for Torino – a remarkable record given the Granata have finished 12th on average during his six years at the club. 

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