West Ham chairman David Sullivan has revealed that the club made something of an offer for Harry Kane last summer when Tottenham Hotspur attempted to buy Cheikhou Kouyate.
As relayed by the Daily Mirror, Sullivan has claimed that Spurs made an enquiry after Kouyate’s services in 2015, asking their London counterparts how much it would take to prise the Senegal international away from the Boleyn Ground.
Spurs wanted Kouyate
The West Ham chief’s response was fairly typical of a man who wants to keep his best assets. He’s confirmed that he asked for none other than Kane in return.
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"Spurs came on for Kouyate," Sullivan said.
"They said: “What would you take for Kouyate?”
"We said we’d take Harry Kane. Silence on the other end of the line."
Kane the superstar
Naturally, it should come as no surprise that Spurs weren’t willing to entertain the idea of trading their star man away, particularly not to a Premier League rival.
Kane’s ascension under Mauricio Pochettino has been of the great recent tales in English football; the striker has scored 25 Premier League goals this season following on from his 21-goal campaign of last year.
Not only did his proficiency in leading the line help Spurs challenge for the title this year, but, at 22, it can be assumed he’ll continue to improve moving forward.
Kouyate, meanwhile, remains a lynchpin in West Ham’s midfield. It’s said Tottenham were willing to offer around £15million for his services. That apparently wasn’t anywhere near enough.