In fact after years of nurturing the best talent England has to offer under Sir Alex Ferguson, it should be expected. The biggest club in the country is always interested in its most prized assets.
History could see them get their man. Seldom do players say no when United come calling, no matter their current surroundings. Those that have in the past – such as Paul Gascoigne and Alan Shearer – retired with regrets. Individual accolades and appraisal aplenty, but with little silverware besides their name.
If Kane wants to win trophies then he should leave White Hart Lane. Spurs, for all their insistence to the contrary, have failed to improve under Mauricio Pochettino. Though the Argentine will be accredited for bringing his hotshot forward to the fore, whether or not he has been an upgrade on his predecessor Tim Sherwood is debatable.
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United meanwhile are finally rid of the darkness David Moyes engulfed them in 12 months ago. Under Louis Van Gaal they have laboured their way back into the Champions League. With all four trophies available to them next term, it is already the target. The ropes binding them are now ready to finally break.
They want Gareth Bale but Kane would be another huge signing. Radamel Falcao and Robin Van Persie have endured torrid campaigns whilst Wayne Rooney’s versatility sometimes lessens his goal threat. If they are to win a first Premier League since the days of Ferguson then a prolific centre-forward is high on their agenda.
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Edinson Cavani, Gonzalo Higuain and even an extension on Falcao’s loan have all been mooted. Though £45million seems an extortionate transfer fee, to go with Kane would represent significantly less of a gamble. There would be no difficulties of a new country, a new language, a new way of living. These things matter for foreign recruits coming to England.
Kane is Premier League proven, even just for one season. Scoring 30 goals in all competitions takes something special, and puts him above Luis Suarez and Diego Costa at the current time. Only Sergio Aguero’s late seasonal spree has ended the Englishman’s hopes of the Golden Boot.
United sign the biggest players in the world to help them win the game’s biggest prizes. Daniel Levy and Pochettino may like to think they can resist the advances of Van Gaal but, if the past is anything to go by, this could be one battle they may have to accept losing.