Liverpool have been backed as potential suitors for the signature of Christian Eriksen by ex-Tottenham midfielder Jamie O’Hara.
Eriksen revealed in an interview in Denmark this week that he ‘would like to try something new’ and with just one year left on his current contract and no new deal on the horizon, the midfielder looks set to leave Tottenham this summer.
Real Madrid have been repeatedly linked with a move for the 27-year-old but former Spurs man O’Hara reckons he could still stay in the Premier League.
“I think now is the time where he is probably looking at it thinking a Real Madrid are going to come in for him and I think Liverpool will come in for him and he probably wants to go now and move on,” O’Hara told Love Sport Drive (weekday 3.30pm-7pm).
He added: “I think he’s gone: the way he was talking in the interview, the fact that he has one year left on his contract.
“I don’t think that Tottenham can let it run out so I think they will have to cash in now.
“It has been in the pipeline for a few years and he has been so good to Tottenham and he has been wanted but Tottenham have been reluctant to let him go because they knew that going into their new stadium they couldn’t buy anyone to replace him and they wanted to keep hold of him.”
Tottenham are approaching 18 months without having signed a new player but are expected to spend big this summer with as much as £250million rumoured to be available to Mauricio Pochettino.
However, chairman Daniel Levy is known for being a brutal negotiator and is unlikely to sanction outlandish transfer fees.
But if Spurs do lose Eriksen, O’Hara believes they must not be afraid to splash the cash in an effort to make sure he is not missed too badly.
“If you don’t replace him it’s a massive issue. He is probably the best midfielder at the club, he makes everything happen,” O’Hara added.
“He’s probably one of the best players behind Harry Kane. I know [Heung Min] Son and [Lucas] Moura have done really well when Kane was injured but Eriksen is the one who makes things happen.
“If we lose him, then he has to be replaced by someone on his level and the problem is now that with only a year left on his contract other teams are going to know that they are not going to get the £70/80 million that he is probably worth, they are only going to get probably half of that.
“The issue now is they are going to lose him now for not his true value.
“Tottenham need to improve that squad as it was so thin throughout the season and we limped over the line in terms of getting into the top four. We were poor in the Champions League and we looked dead on our feet.
"They are at massive risk of missing out on the top four if they don’t get better players.”
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