Tottenham backed to make late Diego Costa move as Harry Kane injury cover

Tottenham: Mourinho gives insight into deadline day plans

Tottenham have been suggested as a possible destination for Diego Costa. Tottenham are currently without star striker Harry Kane due to an ankle injury he picked up in the 3-1 loss to Liverpool last Thursday. It is not yet known how long the England captain may be out for, though reports claim he could return before the end of February.

But if that is not the case, former England right-back Danny Mills believes Costa would be a good short-term solution.

Jose Mourinho opted against starting Carlos Vinicius in Sunday’s 1-0 loss at Brighton.

The Brazilian is yet to start a Premier League match since his arrival on loan last summer, so Mourinho clearly does not have faith in him at present.

Former Chelsea striker Costa is without a club after having his contract at Atletico Madrid terminated in December.

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And Mills believes the Spain international would be a good option for Spurs.

“There’s also Diego Costa still out there, you know,” Mills told Football Insider.

“Okay, he’s got one or two issues that you have to deal with Diego Costa but as a short-term measure from now to the end of the season I’m surprised nobody has taken a gamble on him. With his record which is outstanding.

“Carlos Vinicius is there to step up but I think it depends how long Harry Kane is going to be out for.

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“That’s ultimately going to be the key. Is it going to be 10 days to two weeks or is it going to be a month to six weeks?

“That’s what Mourinho will be fearful of. Harry Kane has had injuries in the past but he’s always come back from those injuries and when he’s back to fitness it doesn’t look like those injuries are holding him back in any way shape or form so that’s a good sign for Tottenham.”

Following the loss to Liverpool, Mourinho could not put a timescale on Kane’s injury layoff.

“No, I don’t know,” he told talkSPORT.

“I just know that Harry is a guy with a great spirit with a great sacrifice against painful situations and for Harry to say ‘no chance to play’ then he has no chance to play. It’s simple.

“I don’t think so because the game is [Sunday]. I don’t believe. But I don’t know, I cannot tell you now.”

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