Manchester United must sign Harry Kane or risk falling out of the top four

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Manchester United have not made a bid for Tottenham Hotspur's star striker Harry Kane, according to Sky Sports. The news comes after Kane has been heavily linked with a move from White Hart Lane to Old Trafford.

There has been a widespread belief that United, who are in desperate need of a striker, had already inquired with Spurs regarding the availability of the England international. One thing which is certain, however, is that, with United in the Champions League next season, they are in serious need to a proven goalscorer.

Last season Louis van Gaal began the Premier League campaign with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, youngster James Wilson, while Danny Welbeck had been transferred to Arsenal before the close of the summer window.


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On paper it seemed that with Falcao, Van Persie and Rooney that United had certainly enough firepower to make it back into the top four and qualify once again for the Champions League.

Although Van Gaal's side accomplished this, arguably their strikers were poor last season. Rooney only managed 14 goals, while the next highest was Van Persie with 10. After this was the incredibly disappointing Falcao who only managed a shocking four goals.

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Current concerns

Van Persie has recently been linked with a move to Turkish side Fenerbahce and the Dutchman is reported to have agreed personal terms. This then leaves Van Gaal with a tricky situation which he must overcome as the new season is approaching fast. Kane, who has on fire last season for Tottenham, would be a fantastic signing for Manchester United.

Kane managed to score 21 goals in the Premier League for Spurs and impressed England manager Roy Hodgson enough that he was selected the senior squad. The 21-year-old has all the right attributes to play at the highest level with Manchester United; his technical ability, his work rate, his heading ability and killer instinct in front of goal are exactly what Van Gaal's side have been missing.

Manchester United are in desperate need for a striker and it is almost certain that they will sign one. With only Wayne Rooney and the unproven James Wilson up front in the squad it is a worrying time for United fans.

Ever more troubling is the news that Javier Hernandez, who is returning to Manchester after a season long loan at Real Madrid, will be injured for some time as he broke his collarbone in a friendly match for Mexico.

Go for broke

It would then appear that Van Gaal has no option but to sign Kane. There will no doubt be many clubs with him on their radar this summer given his performances last term. But Tottenham look increasingly unlikely to be able to hold onto Kane as the top four clubs in the Premier League want a striker who is not only a goalscorer but English.

With the FIFA homegrown putting pressure on clubs, such quality who is homegrown is a major coup. This will no doubt raise the price tag on Kane but no doubt Manchester United will pay whatever is demanded in order to get their man. If they do not, it could be an extremely dangerous position in which to begin the Premier League campaign in 2015/16.


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