Ray Parlour identifies the perfect Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacement for Man United

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Former Arsenal midfielder Ray Parlour believes he has found the perfect solution to Manchester United's need to find a replacement for Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the near future.

And risking the ire of half of north London, he has identified Tottenham striker Harry Kane as the ideal man for the job.

With Ibrahimovic on a one-year contract, there's a good chance that the veteran Swede will be on his way out of Old Trafford over the summer, especially given his struggles in front of goal recently.

Kane is currently under contract at White Hart Lane until 2020, and had previously confirmed his desire to remain at the club, where he feels he has a bright future.

However, reports have emerged this week claiming that the player and the club had put further contract talks on ice for the time being, leaving the likes of Real Madrid and Manchester United making admiring glances at him.

And in an interview with talkSPORT (via Sky Sports) Parlour expressed his belief that the 23-year-old would be the ideal player to step into the breach the gap that will be left by Ibrahimovic when he eventually decides to move on.

"I'm sure Manchester United will be looking at him [Kane]," Parlour said.

"They will be thinking 'OK, Ibrahimovic is here at the moment but he's getting on a bit - we might need a new striker soon'.

"He [Kane] could be perfect for Manchester United."

Credentials for the best

For a while it looked like Kane's career at Tottenham wouldn't get off the ground, having endured a string of loan spells with the likes of Leyton Orient, Millwall, Norwich and Leicester before even kicking a ball for Spurs.

However, he made his debut during the 2012/13 season and gradually become more of a feature in the first team, going on to make an total of 134 appearances for the club, scoring 67 goals in the process.

For the time being, though, Kane will have a minor knock to get over. Having been an unused substitute against Scotland on Friday, he has since been sent back from the England camp ahead of their friendly meeting with Spain later this week.

Kane has been recovering from an ankle injury sustained in September, having only made his return to first team action for the north London derby at the start of the month.

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